I have read this forum's very helpful sections on finding a reputable breeder and have learned a lot. I still have a question or two.
In my quest for the right breeder, I have come across the "sales contract." I have no problem with this and expect any reputable, HFC breeder to have one.
When a breeder makes certain promises such as, "Fully guaranteeing that all reasonable precaution has been taken in regards to the health of the parents of this puppy and that they have received and passed tests including but not limited to Cerf, Heart, Patella, and Elbow," should I be given proof of this BEFORE making final payment and picking up my puppy to go home?
Should I expect a 2 year health guarantee and detail on what that means? And if this is not in the agreement, should I request this?
What vaccinations should be given to my pup if I am bringing it home at 10 weeks of age? Is there a standard? For example, should I expect de-worming? What about Hepatitis? Or is DPP the minimum? And again, should proof of this and a clean bill of health be seen by me before I bring home my pup?
I have given the breeder a large deposit. Now they have asked me for the balance 1 month before bringing home the pup. Is this standard? I have told them that I would bring the balance when I return.
I appreciate any advice I get. Thank you so much!!
There is really no "standard" contract... There is just what ever you and the breeder agree on. If the breeder says certain tests are done on the parents, then she should be willing to prove it, preferrably by having registered the results with OFA, where tou can look it up yourself.
"Guarantees" vary widely, from a one year life threatening genetic disorder only guarantee that will only provide for replacement of the sick puppy after it is returned to the breeder, (pretty useless IMO, since very few people will return a puppy they have become attached to) to a contract like mine that says the breeder will help with medical expenses up to the purchase price of the puppy for any genetic disorder period. No time limit. But honestly, my breeder's contract is better than most.
Here is Jean dodd's vaccine protocol. This is what most Havanese breeders and owners follow:
Honestly, i can't remember whether Kodi had been dewormed when I got him. I know he didn't have any parasites when I took him for his check-up with the vet when I brought him home. So I'd say that's the bottom line. You want a healthy puppy, and the breeder should do what's needed to deliver healthy puppies to their new owners, to the best of their ability.
While, of course, you want to bring home a healthy puppy, I honestly wouldn't want to take the breeder's word for that. Most contracts require you to take the puppy to your local vet within a couple of days of getting the puppy home, and to immediately report any problems to the breeder. This way, both you and the breeder are covered that they have delivered a healthy puppy.
I haven't heard of a breeder who wanted the full purchase price before you pick up the puppy. That doesn't seem right. OTOH, i wouldn't be surprised if the breeder wanted cash or a bank check before giving you the puppy.
Hope that helps!