I am looking into purchasing a puppy from this breeder, what do you think about this health guarantee? NOTE "--" is a replacement for the kennel name. All puppies are sold with Limited AKC registration unless otherwise specified. All puppies will be current on vaccinations and wormings. Tails will be docked and Dew Claws removed. Ears are left Natural on all puppies. They will also be very well socialized and started on Potty Training. They are born and raised within our home, and become part of the family as soon as they arrive into the world. We can ship our puppies using Continental or Delta Airlines, although we would prefer not to. We can make delivery arrangements in which my husband will bring the pup to you for an additional fee, Call or Email me for information regarding this. *************************************************************** All of our puppies are sold with a One Year Health Guarantee, which is stated below: The CUSTOMER must have this puppy examined by a Licensed Veterinarian of your choice within 72 hours of purchase. If the Licensed Veterinarian states that this puppy has any physical problems that are life threatening, "--" will provide you with a healthy replacement puppy of the same breed, same sex, and value as your original purchase price. If the CUSTOMER selects a puppy of greater value, the CUSTOMER will pay the difference. The puppy must be brought back to "--" within ten (10) days of purchase. The CUSTOMER must bring a signed statement from the Licensed Veterinarian showing the date that this puppy was examined, stating why this puppy is a poor health risk, and a description of the symptoms supporting this opinion. If this puppy dies of a genetic defect within one (1) year, "--" will provide the CUSTOMER with a healthy replacement puppy of the same breed, same sex, and value as your original purchase price. If the CUSTOMER selects a puppy of greater value, the CUSTOMER will pay the difference. To qualify for this warranty, the CUSTOMER must keep this puppy under the care of a Licensed Veterinarian. This care must include all shots recommended by the CUSTOMER'S Licensed Veterinarian. To make a claim, the CUSTOMER must bring a Licensed Veterinarian's certificate stating the cause of death and must include this puppy's health care records. NOTE: "--" makes no warranty against Coccidiosis or Worms. Worms and Coccidiosis are not a valid reason for returning this puppy. "--" will not be held responsible for any costs accrued after this sale. This warranty is not valid in the case of accidental injury or death. Failure to have this puppy examined by a Licensed Veterinarian within 72 hours voids all warranties. No cash refunds will be given. General Terms and Conditions: The puppy you are purchasing is in good health at the time of sale. This puppy is a purebred resulting from a litter registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC). "--" makes nor implies any warranties or guarantees, expressed or implied, other than those written in the agreement. This document constitutes the entire agreement between the CUSTOMER and "--" with respect to this sale. The CUSTOMER's signature below indicates that the CUSTOMER has read, agrees, and understands alll the conditions of this Health Warranty. Additional Terms: I am willing to enhance my Health Guarantee to two (2) years as long as the daily vitamin supplement, NuVet is given to this puppy.
A death policy! It looked ok to start off with.. but since it requires the actual death of the dog within the first year.. I don't like it personally. Most genetic defects in dogs aren't deadly, they're just extremely debilitating. For example, dogs don't die of Canine Hip Dysplasia. They just are crippled by it. Dogs don't die of Progressive retinal atrophy, they just go blind. Both of those are genetic defects. I'd be asking what kind of compensation you'd get if your dog was diagnosed with hip or elbow dysplasia, or PRA or worse. All of those are hereditary, but they're not 'deadly', so the guarantee would be worthless if the dog came down with them.
Cola, A health guarntee is better than no health guarntee. this makes me belive the breeder is more reputable than others, BUT some health problems are undetectabel until two years of age. so i would look for a atl east a 30 month 0r 36 month health guarntee. That is what i would do. the terms of the guarntee doesn't sound bad. just the length. Also before buying any puppy. some states like florida and california have laws holding breeders responsible for genetic health problems and some communicable disease upon delivery of the animal, sometimes contracts void your legal rights. you have to do some research in your area. also i missed the death part also...I would keep looking
I agree about the possible non fatal defects. Also, it looks like they can up the price on you if they want. I might ask for an addendum, changing the specific things you are not happy with. If they won't do it, look elsewhere.
Minn, what would you suggest? I have never seen a 3 year guarantee, I would understand if I would be paying $1000-$2000 for a pup, but they are only asking $600. They will also extend the guarantee to 2 years. Can you give me an example of a good guarantee, and what I need to look for? I honestly thought it sounded good. www.nuvet.com
I have a three year guarntee on my malinois and my one on the way has the same. It's all on genetic disorders and diseases. and some heart problems and joint problems are undetectable until the age of two. The heath guarntee on my forst mal i negotiated. it cost me an extra 600.00 (300.00 a year). My second mal is coming from a much better breeder and that is his standard operating procedure.
I am only looking for a pet, not anything to show, she's going to be fixed. She said she really never ever sells with full registration, unless they will show the dog and wait till CH title. This is the pet contract. And on the contract it states the purchase price and everything, I just included the body of it.
Most notable here is you will get no money back...is that OK? Check state laws for things which may protect you more. Any contract is void in the face of a law which contradicts it. At any rate if you need one of these folk's dogs, you are unlikely to get it w/o signing the contract. If you live in CA I can say more on state law.
i agree with minniyar. with the 2 purebreds i have the guarantee doesn't require death withing the first year. i agree that some genetic defects don't show up till after one year, and they don't always bring death. my guarantees give a refund for the purchase price of the puppy for some things, half the purchase price for others, and they go beyond one year. what if you didn't want another puppy from these people? it's better than nothing, but there are better health guarantees.