Hi as some of you already know I breed chihuahuas and with the puppies i have sold there have been no problems at all. No puppy buyers have complained at all. I dont have a contract for my chihuahua puppies and its been ok soo far but on this forum i have learned of others experience of not having a contract and the consequences and it got me thinking that I should probably get one and i wanted input from other breeders...I mean all is going well now that i dont have one but should i consider creating one to be sure of my rights and to protect my self? any info is welcome advice as well
Its not about protecting You and YOUR rights. It is about protecting the PUPPIES that YOU bring into this world. If you don't have a contract and have no disregard as to how your puppies end up throughout their lifetime (proper vet care, in shelters, sold off to someone else, etc) you really have no leg to stand on and should not be breeding, end of story.
Once you produce a litter, YOU are RESPONSIBLE for them for the rest of their lives. By showing that you have a contract also shows that you are somewhat of a good breeder and care about your puppies and the care they get when they leave your home.
Just out of curiosity - do you screen your puppies potential buyers, do you microchip, and what do you require of the buyers? Also do you do health tests, genetics, etc?
WHOA no need to attack!!! i know its not about my rights and know its about my puppies and dogs i produce...i asked for any info on contracts if you do not have any info you have no business replying to this post...
Yes i do screen my buyers and no i do not micro chip why does that make me bad or care less?
siberian if it makes you feel any better i have only sold one puppy and this is first time breeding and the puppy i sold is still in my city and i can contact the new owner when i want to know how the pup is doing i do care about my puppies
the reason i dont micro chip is b/c the vet clinic i go to charges like 70-90$ per chip (seriously)and to be honest didnt think i needed it , yes i agree with you i do need a contract do you have any suggestions?
I also think that you should get your puppies microchipped. I know it costs a bit, but call around. If anything else charge a little more for your puppies to possibly cover the charge of microchipping.
This will at least give you a piece of mind when you do sell a puppy that you cannot keep an eye on or does not live close by you. If they are surrendered to a shelter or something, and get scanned you can be contacted in a matter like this.
I have a contract that I could e-mail to you if you would like. Just let me know your e-mail address.
Again, I was not attacking you, just stating in blunt terms you should have one and no excuses to not.
Hi I think yes you should have a contract and when you write it up please put in that they can never give away or shelter or even sale with out first offering it back to you, also stating what they need to do as a resposible owner the food type how many times aday, also since you breed Chihuahua's Hypoglycemia and general overall info on how to raise a happy and helthy baby.You want to protect your babies and yourself too.
Yes, you should have a contract. It is good policy to outline what you expect of your clients and what they can expect from you. It is a good general business practice when you are looking at developing a relationship that will last years. My contract is 5-6 pages long. It is good to have everything in writing and clear with both parties. I've never had any bad relations and I think it is because it is outlined right in front of them and also serves as a reminder to me the promises that I have made them and my committment to their puppy.
You should also microchip. There are several reasons, but one that gets overlooked, is what happens if someone says a puppy you sold them dies. You have doubts whether or not it is your puppy, as they may have others too. It is positive ID. It is a minimal investment to make and also helps ensure the puppies safety. In my case here, the chips are registered in my name. If I ever get a call saying they've found one of my puppies and the owner never took the time to reregister them under their name or spend the $15, I need to look into it immediately. It has never happened, but it may.
Scenic---I am also curious about how to approach a contract. I do not have pups yet, dam and sire are too young still, but when I do, I would like some suggestions as to what to put in there. I asked this question before and riley emailed me a sample contract of hers, (which I appreciate Riley), but I would like to get a few more if I could just to see what is the best things to state in one.
Sorry to take your post and aske question :), but I am curious also.