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Is one year the average health warranty i really like the breeder i will be buyingfrom and ive already visited the puppy. I hope one year is the usual. I know others on the forum Have bought from this breeder...
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And why are you frustrated ??


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Because iwap and i'm concerned that everyone will say 1 yr isn't long enuff
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Ahh OK. She is a very good breeder and many people here are very happy with her, so wait for your puppy with a He is soo cute.


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Thank u thank u i am very excited about puppy coming home i thought that lifetime warrantee was the norm
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I think you can't look at a puppy warranty the same way you look at, say, a car warranty. If you get a "lemon" you expect the car dealer to make it right including, if they can't fix the problem, replacing the car. With puppies it's very different. We become so attached so quickly to our fur babies that it's a very rare individual who will want to give back or exchange the puppy for another. Of course, it's great if the breeder helps to compensate for medical costs in the right situation.

It appears that you're trying to do all the right things to protect your purchase, and that's smart, but understand that normal rules don't apply in these circumstances. So, IMO, don't beat yourself up on the fact that the warranty covers 1 year.

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I'm not sure there is a "norm".

That said, my personal opinion is that if a breeder is going to stand behind their puppy, they should be willing to stand behind that puppy for genetic defects indefinitely. Many genetic defects do NOT show up during the first year. I also would want a guarantee that was not a "replacement" guarantee, but help caring for whatever the problem was. (these are usually up to the price of the puppy) Almost no one will return a puppy they love for another, if they find that there is something wrong with the puppy. Contracts aren't set in stone, it may be that your breeder is willing to negotiate the contract somewhat to make you feel more comfortable.

But I would talk to your breeder about this and ASK her what she would do if a genetic defect showed up after a year. Contracts, especially if you are buying a puppy out of state, are only as good as the breeder behind them. Some breeders will do everything they can to help their puppy owners. (we have one person on the forum whose breeder replaced a puppy at no cost when the first puppy was killed in an accident in the home and that CERTAINLY wasn't in the contract!) With other, not so good, breeders, it doesn't matter what it says in the contract, it is very difficult to get them to even respond if there is a problem.

I think the fact that you have people on the forum who have purchased MULTIPLE dogs from this breeder, and still love her, says a lot. The fact that YOU have spent time talking to her and are establishing a good relationship also is important. At the end of the day, when you are purchasing an animal, there is ALWAYS a possibility that something will go wrong. That's just life.

I hope you get to the point where you trust your breeder as much as I trust mine. There are bad breeders out there, but there are also a lot of good ones. I think that while it pays to be cautious, at some point, you have to trust your instincts, and get on with ENJOYING the anticipation of waiting for your puppy. This is supposed to be fun!


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I agree with ellie. Jasper had a 5 year warranty... but from a questionable breeder. But good or bad, there is no way I would take him back now. Most longer health warranties, if you read the fine print say..."I will take back the dog and replace it with another puppy" They will not reimburse you or help you financially with any major medical expenses. It is real easy for breeders to say they have a health warranty, once the dog is part of your life . If the breeder of your adorable little one has repeat happy puppy owners here...and she does all the required health testing... I wouldn't worry.

let's face it... dogs are just like us, at some point there is going to be a health issue. it's part of the commitment to a living thing.




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There are many reasons breeders say different things in their contract, some of the things that can effect it is age or health of the breeder there are many other things also, it is important that they have some sort of realistic guarantee concerning health, what is more important is their lines...are their dogs being shown if not by the breeder are their dogs out with an owner or another breeder. If you are able to talk or know of someone who has a dog from them are they happy. Sounds like you did your home work, just enjoy the excitment and anticipation of your new pup coming home soon.

On this forum we are all dog crazy, we love all dogs, no matter where they come from, we may give advice and cautionary suggestions, there will be no "I told You So's" once you bring home that puppy or dog..We will be smitten along with you.

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that is such a sweet note thank you. I have been very excited about my new puppy but then read this health guarantee business. It was so much easier years ago when I got my dog who lived to almost 17 years. I didn't know anything about health testing back then. With so much information available it's easy to caught up being cautious. I'm buying my puppy from Woodland Havanese in PA and have heard others here who like the breeder. I've met the breeder, like her and believe she has a real commitment to her dogs and yes, many of them have been shown.

the breeders dogs are all health tested and the results are on OFFA. The sire and dam of my puppy appear to be normal in all categories and hips are "good". Do I need anything more than that?
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