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As a buyer you have the right to expect certain things of the breeder from whom you plan to purchase a puppy or an adult dog. We suggest the following minimum requirements be followed. Of course other agreements and guarantees may be arrived at, but these topics should be discussed before you finalize any purchase.

The breeder should not allow a puppy to go home until it's approximately 7 weeks old.
The breeder should give you a written guarantee for the immediate health of the puppy, giving you the right to an examination, within a specified period of time, by a veterinarian of your choice. 

The puppy should have been given some protection against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, and parvo virus before the puppy leaves the kennel. You have the right to a record of the dates and the type of serum used to inoculate the dog. Also to be included; information as to when when the next injections will be due.

The puppy should have been checked for worms and wormed if necessary. Again, you should have the dates and types of medication used for this.
You should be able to see the Dam and other puppies, and if possible, also see the Sire of the pups or at least a picture of him. Don't forget, the pups are the products of their parents.

A written contract detailing the method of purchase if the sale is to be other than payment in full at the time of delivery. You have a right to a bill of sale listing the date of sale, purchase price, and a brief description of the dog when the dog has been fully paid for.
The AKC registration form or a written guarantee that it will be provided within a reasonable time. If the dog is to be sold without papers, a written agreement to that effect should be signed by both parties.

The subject of hip dysplasia should be discussed. Whether or not there is a guarantee, and what type of guarantee it is, depend upon the individual circumstances of the sale. Please refer to our club guidelines for more detailed information on this subject.


Explanation of Terms

Leptospirosis: A disease that's caused by bacteria (a spirochete of the genus Leptospira). And that bacteria is primarily transmitted by mice and rats, but your pets can also give it to you. One way that your dog can get this disease is by eating food that's been urinated on by them varmints! So, don't leave your pets food out where that can happen. The symptoms of this sickness are: vomiting, diarrhea, excessive drinking, jaundice, coughing and shortness of breath. The central nervous system may also be affected.  (Back to top)

Distemper: A infectious viral disease which is an extremely contagious. It can attack dogs of all ages but it's most common in puppies. Dogs that have it will have 2 stages of high fevers (4 to 7 days apart). The dog will also be apathetic, have little appetite, diarrhea and will also have a severe case of conjunctivitis.  (Back to top)

Hepatitis: This is another viral infection, but it affects the liver. In it's milder form the symptoms are very similar to those associated with distemper. Typically though the dog will have spontaneous bleeding from the eyes & mouth. Because the liver swells up the abdomen often grows big & taut and will be painful when touched.  (Back to top)

Parvovirus: A contagious virus infection that appeared suddenly in the 1980's though dogs of all ages can get it, usually, puppies (from 6 weeks to 6 months) get it. This malady is accompanied by constant vomiting and foamy foul smelling diarrhea. Also the dog can tremble and have intestinal rumbling. There are other symptoms as well. The dog that has this is essentially suffering from enteritis, in which the mucous lining of the small intestine is damaged.  (Back to top)

Canine Hip Dysplasia: Canine Hip Dysplasia is a hereditary bone deformity that affects (mostly) large heavy dogs. It can be exacerbated by diet and excessive activity. Please refer to our "Health" web page for a more thorough discourse on CHD.  (Back to top)