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Started out about Guarantees but morphed
You hear an awful lot about health testing, and I hope that's always the case, but I don't remember ever reading anything about a breeder's guarantee on these forums.
You also hear the term "Responsible Breeder" a lot. That can cover a wide range of things too but the most important thing is that the breeder is "responsible" to the puppies he/she produces.
There is the standard sort of guarantee where the breeder says they will replace the puppy. A lot of times this can be a copout because the majority of the time once a buyer has held the puppy they bought they won't give it up for anything. So I don't like that one. I don't remember ever hearing of a puppy being "replaced". Some of us may remember Darby.
There is another standard sort of guarantee, even recommended at one time (maybe still) by AKC where the breeder says they will buy the puppy/dog back at any time during its life. This is a good one but can also be misused much like the replace policy.
Most guarantee to deliver a healthy puppy. I would hope so.
Here's sort of a synopsis of our Guarantee in addition to the standard buyback for life clause:
We will pay up to the price of the puppy for any medical procedure needed caused by a congenital health problem.
If a puppy you get from us develops Chondrodysplasia we will give you your money back.
We will provide you with a puppy who is trained to use a litter box in an expen and all the time you need for us to train you how to further train the puppy.
We will provide you with a puppy who is already trained to sleep in a crate in your bedroom.
We guarantee that you can loose the training IN ONE AFTERNOON that we have put into the puppy for the previous two categories if you don't spend time with us to understand the training .
We guarantee that we will be available to discuss anything you need to know or need help with about your dog by phone or email.
We will "babysit" for any puppy you get from us any time you need to leave it and will work on any training that it or you need. We have people who come from surrounding states to leave their dog with us when they go on vacation.
I'm probably forgetting something but with all the new breeders and ever increasing numbers of puppy buyers I hope this gives some an idea of what being responsible means.
I'll come back and edit this first post if I think of anything that I left out.
Last edited by Tom King; 08-11-2008 at 07:36 PM.