|Barked: Tue Jul 3, '12 7:10am PST |
|Many breeders stipulate in their contracts that the dog be returned as a safeguard- NOT because they want you to give up your loved pet in order to get a replacement, but to protect the sick dog from being dumped or euthed without them consenting to it.
Both my contracts have had this clause, but also stipulate that if I want to keep the dog I may do so under the condition they they be neutered and those records be sent to the breeder, at which point I am still entitled to a replacement puppy whenever I'm ready for it. PERSONALLY I find it unreasonable to ask for the full sum of the puppy back should something go wrong- many breeders don't have that upfront to offer back to their puppy buyers. If they do, that's great, and I think it's mighty decent of them to offer support. But there are plenty of breeders who don't make a dime off their dogs, and who simply wouldn't have that as an option.
Most large breed breeders offer a 2 year contract on hips and elbows, because by that point if its GENETIC you're going to know about it. If your dog is diagnosed with HD at 5 years of age, but had been fine prior, then no... that breeder shouldn't be required to give you a dime, as things such as HD can be EVERY bit environmental as genetic.
If your dog suddenly drops dead of cardiomyopathy at 3, however, that's something else entirely and should be covered under a "crippling genetic defect" clause, which all good breeders offer.
|my posts | my page | msg me | my family's posts | gift me | become pals|| [notify]|