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Old 02-14-2011, 07:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know that when you buy a puppy, you end up with a lot of paper work (AKC papers, pedigree, health tests, etc.), but what exactly should you be getting? Thanks!
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I bought from a BYB so all I got was his registration papers. I know from a breeder you will have a contract, papers etc but not sure exactly how many.
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We bought from a BYB and received akc paperwork, a contract and a guarantee.

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You should get some kind of health guarantee in writing.
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It depends on the breeder and your agreement with them. If you're buying a registered puppy, you should get registration paperwork -- but depending on the contract, the breeder may send it in themselves or they may hold it until you meet certain terms such as a spay/neuter.

I can't think of any reason you wouldn't get a pedigree if the breeder knows who the sire of the litter is.

If you have a contract, get it in writing. Same with a health guarantee. It's too easy for the breeder to think they're saying one thing and the buyer to think they're hearing something else. Put it in writing to keep things clear.

In addition to the contract and pedigree (I send in the registration myself), I provide copies of the health testing on both parents, the cardiologist screening of the puppy, and the health certificate from the vet, if necessary. (My last litter travelled down to Kentucky with me and from there to their new homes in Indiana, New York and Virginia; travel into or through Kentucky requires health certificates.)

I also provide a weight and development chart for the entire litter, copies of their puppy evaluation tests, a list of the "Rules of Sevens" that the puppies encountered, handouts on dog food (Whole Dog Journal lists), and an "Owner's Manual" I wrote that has general Boxer information plus specifics about the litter. Breeders who are focusing on certain tasks, like agility or hunt retrieving, might keep a calendar of when the pups were first introduced to an A-frame or a pheasant wing, when they experienced weave poles or gun shots, etc., and probably a description of how the pups reacted.
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It depends on the breeder and your agreement with them. If you're buying a registered puppy, you should get registration paperwork -- but depending on the contract, the breeder may send it in themselves or they may hold it until you meet certain terms such as a spay/neuter.
note that if you are in canada (i'm not sure about the states law) the breeder is required to provide the owner with the registration within six months of disposing of the puppy (giving it to the new owner). This is the law and the support (the only supported) timeframe in canada... as any contract is bound by federal law... breeders can not force owners to forfit papers until they meet any terms...

breach of contracts would be handled via the civil courts... failure to provide papers is a federal offense. Hence the option to have a giant green non-breeding water mark on the reg papers.
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Yes, I wasn't thinking of Canada, thanks for pointing that out. The only exception is if the breeder doesn't sell the dog as purebred. We don't have non-breeding agreements through the registry here in the US - we have limited registration, which disallows the registration of the dog's offspring, but you can't show a dog on limited registration whereas in Canada, you can show a dog on a non-breeding agreement.
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yea I wasn't sure about the US... i have a friend who has a CH blood hound from the states that works as a cadaver dog... he is limited reg'ed so i knew there was a difference. But in Canada the pedigree act takes all question out of it... I am so happy to have a forum where american breeders can outline the differences... especially between states IE Kentucky where you need health papers to pass through!
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