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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-02-2009, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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Question Different pricing for health guarantee

I'm new to this forum am very appreciative of all the information I've learned over the last several weeks.

I think we did our homework and found a reputable breeder. We put down a deposit and will be picking up our new puppy in a few weeks. The breeder is giving us an option I've not heard of anyone else offering. We can pay $1,600 for the puppy with a 6 year health guarantee or $1,200 with no guarantee, although we would still have 7 days to have our vet examine the puppy and confirm she is in good health. I'd appreciate any thoughts on which option I should choose.
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This sounds odd to me.

We paid $1200 for one Hav and $1500 for the other and both came with health guarantees, although one was just for 2 years.

Maybe this is something new, but I think the forum breeders will give you their opinions.

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What does the health guarantee entail?

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I need to get some clarification on this, but as I understand it, the health guarantee covers congenital problems the puppy may develop during the first 6 years. She would either provide a new puppy (not something I think we would opt for) or reimburse for vet care up to the purchase price of the puppy.
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Sounds interesting.....never heard this option yet. It could be a trend coming...

So, will that extra $500.00 go into a fund for problems down the line with puppies? An extra $500.00 per puppy adds up quickly in an account and I think the breeder is hoping there are no problems with the puppies who have protection for 5 years, because if no problems, more cash for the breeders. Just thinking out loud....... I am not a breeder.

And...........On the other hand.....Why is this breeder offering this option? Were there problems with his/her puppies in the past? Or, is this breeder protecting themselves from future hazzles?

I would say, if you are going to buy a puppy for $1200 without protection, I would make sure the parents did not have any problems for sure. Ask for soap pictures of the legs.

Have you visited the breeder's home yet? Met the parents of the pup?

What will give you peace of mind? How well do you trust this breeder? Will they stand behind their guarantee? You have to do what is right for you, you alone can make this decision.



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Give me a break. I have never in my life heard of having to pay more for a health guarantee--- Makes me wonder if this breeder knows something you don't.... Did you personally get to see the health testing on the parents?
Personally I think it's a scam so the breeder can get more money. Which is wrong- I would run the other way and look for a new breeder.


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Does the breeder do health testing on the parents? Did he/she provide proof of it so you could look it up yourself?

I've never heard of this before though, either a breeder offers a health guarantee or doesn't.

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Thanks for the responses.

Yes, I've visited the breeder's home and met both parents. Based on everything I've researched, the breeder has a good reputation and has been breeding Havanese puppies for many years. I feel comfortable with her and don't really have any reservations, but the choice on the health guarantee caught me a little off guard. She did indicate that she just recently started offering this option. She will provide me the papers showing the parents health tests. The puppy we put our deposit on is the black and white female pictured in my initial post. I took the photo on our visit.
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The puppy is adorable and I hope this works out for you.

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No matter what, verify the health testing of both parents yourself on www.offa.org - that will help set your mind at ease. If you need assistance with this, just ask. Many of us will walk you through this process. (Do not take paper documentation offered by the breeder as the final word. It needs to be posted online.)

Also, make sure your health guarantee is in writing.

Best wishes with whatever you decide!
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