I want to start this by saying that no breeder/individual can GUARANTEE that the puppy will be perfect. That being said, I can do everything in my power to make sure that I've tested for everything I can. I can also make sure that every pup has the best of everything while in my care. Once the pup leaves my home, I cannot have any control over his environment from then on. The following is my warrantee on pups adopted from Sunset Goldens of Oregon...
The contract will have more in it, but this is the nuts and bolts of what really matters. It should be noted that my warantee is based off of Golden NOT BEING FIXED BEFORE 12 MONTHS OF AGE! If the dog is fixed before 12 months of age then this agreement will be my choice to honor. So much information is out there now about the importance to the dogs health and maturity. Goldens are too young to stop maturation at 6 months. They need a year or 2 to finish developing!
In 16 years of breeding, I have only had 1 dog diagnosed with cancer. If your Golden is diagnosed with Cancer and passes away before the age of 10, then I will apply the full purchase price of your dog to a new puppy when it is available. This will apply for one replacement.
This puppy is guaranteed to be healthy upon delivery to the buyer, and a full refund will be given for any puppy found to be unhealthy within 30 days of purchase, provided the following is met:
The puppy must be examined by a veterinarian of the buyer's choice within 3 days of purchase at the buyer's expense. If the puppy is found to be ill, the breeder is to be notified within 24hrs and a refund of the purchase price will follow the return of the puppy and all papers to the breeder, including a written statement from the attending veterinarian stating the dogs condition. During the remainder of the initial 30-day period, the buyer shall maintain the puppy's schedule of shots, worming, and flea/heartworm medication.
In case of hereditary defects...
If a hereditary/genetic defect occurs that limits the dog's ability to fulfill the purpose for which it was purchased before 25 months of age (most breeders only go to 6 or 12 months) a refund of 50% of the purchase price will be given, or a replacement puppy of equal value. If the dog has been used for breeding or is over 25 months of age, this portion of the agreement is void.
We thoroughly screen all breeding stock for health and temperament issues, but the ambiguity surrounding the environmental and hereditary causes of hip and elbow dysplasia, cataracts, SAS, epilepsy, thyroid, vWD, cancer and other diseases make a 100% guarantee impossible. We simply cannot know all, just as doctors cannot with people. What we do is continue to be extremely selective in an effort to make the possibility as small as possible. We expect our buyers to be reasonable in their expectations of us--if the puppy was purchased as a pet, certain faults will never affect the dog's ability to be a happy, healthy pet.
However, if one of our dogs is hindered from his original purpose (breeding/performance/pet)due to a genetic disease, we offer a refund of half the purchase price, or a replacement pup. We do not expect owners to return their dog, unless they choose to, and instead require that they provide proof of spay/neuter.
What Does All That Mean?
It means that you can be assured that you are getting a healthy puppy. The reason we give you 25 months is because an OFA test is not even valid until the dog reaches 24 months. We are only breeding dogs that have passed all these tests themselves and/or have a strong genetic family and were found to be healthy and at the upper end of the standard.
It should also be noted that if at any time you are unable to keep/care for your golden, you may return it to us and we can assist you in finding a suitable home.
OLDER DOG GUARANTEE
This will vary per contract. However, the older dogs have already completed all testing and are sound. Before it leaves our property it will be vet checked and current on all vaccinations and heartworm. If within 3 days of purchase they are vet checked at purchaser's expense and something is found, a full refund will be given upon return of the dog and all paperwork/titles.