The contract that you sign when you buy your dog
from a breeder is much more than a simple bill of
sale. It guarantees your rights and the seller's
rights in the transaction, sometimes for the life of
your pet. It is also a meaningful document in the
history of generations in your dog's family line.
A written breeder's contract can take many forms;
its stipulations can be negotiated between you and
the breeder. Many factors come into play – whether
you intend to show your dog, for example, or past
experiences either of you has had in owning a
A responsible breeder is more than happy to discuss
every aspect of your dog's future with you, to
ensure that he's putting the dog into a good home.
But even if the two parties are best of friends, a
comprehensive contract helps guarantee they will
Bill of Sale
The bill of sale, or proof that you have paid the
breeder or his agent for your dog, may contain some
clauses required by law. Certain states, for
example, require that a breeder or pet store take a
pet back and refund your money if the pet becomes
ill within 48 hours from the time of purchase.
Before you pay anyone for a dog, review your state's
or municipality's laws concerning pet sales.
A.K.C. Registration Application
The breeder's contract must guarantee that your dog
qualifies for registration. In the United States,
registration with the American Kennel Club is the
most common proof of pure breed. The A.K.C.,
however, recognizes over 150 dog breeds, while the
Continental Kennel Club recognizes 444 plus some
crossbreeds. A few other organizations, such as Dog
Registry of America, also track purebred lineage.
Reputable breeders won't hesitate to answer any
questions you have about registering your dog.
Still, before reaching a final agreement, it's best
to check rules and regulations on the Web site of
their breed registration organization.
The American Kennel Club requires breeders to keep
complete records and do a fair amount of timely
paperwork. A breeder must register each litter with
the A.K.C., listing the registration numbers of each
parent, as well as clearly distinguishing each
member of the new litter.
Once the litter is registered and the puppies are
old enough to part from their mother, the seller
must give you a properly completed A.K.C. registration
application. This application must contain the
breeder's signature as well as the dog's full
breeding information, which includes:
· Breed, sex and colour of the dog
· Date of birth
· Registered names (and numbers) of the dog's sire
· Breeder's name
It's up to you to complete the application and send
it in with a fee.
The A.K.C. warns that as the buyer, you are
responsible for submitting your dog's registration.
They caution you to think twice before buying a
purebred dog without an accompanying A.K.C.
application. Although it takes a few weeks for a
breeder to obtain one after the pups are born, the
process allows plenty of time for the application to
arrive if the breeder is prompt and efficient. If
your breeder cannot produce a promised AKC
application at the time of sale, you must at least
get a signed statement containing all the
information listed above to submit to the AKC.
Remember that just because the A.K.C. or other breed
organization certifies your dog's breed, it cannot
guarantee your dog's health or how closely it meets
the highest standards for the breed's physical
conformation. It's still important for you to do
your homework in picking a reputable breeder in the
Once the basic provisions of a minimal health
guarantee and lineage are included, either party can
add provisions to the breeder's contract.
· Health. Many breeders want to follow your
dog's health and agility throughout her life so they
can trace any problems or strengths in her lineage,
such as hip dysplasia, personality problems or other
hereditary defects. You may find that your breeder
is willing to guarantee good natural health in your
dog for one or two years. In return, he may ask you
to seek prompt veterinary care any time your dog
exhibits an unusual health problem. Occasionally, a
breeder will even require you to give him a necropsy
report if your dog should die without a veterinary
· Reproduction. Unless you buy your dog to
compete in shows, your breeder could require that
you spay or neuter your pet. Or, a clause in the
contract could specify that you will neuter your pet
at some point in the future, if the breeder
determines that your adult dog does not exhibit the
best standard characteristics of the breed. The
contract also might specify that you will not breed
your dog until she is 2 years old, after many
genetic flaws have had a chance to manifest
· Title or show dogs. An entire set of rules
governs the breeding and purchase of dogs that are
to be raised to compete as champions. Briefly, you
may require a guarantee from the breeder that your
dog will be fertile and free from hereditary
defects. Your breeder could require that you show
the dog for a specified amount of time before
· Finding a new home. Your breeder's contract
could require that you notify him if you have to
give up your dog. Besides having wide contacts with
trustworthy people who might be interested in
adopting your dog, the breeder wants to be sure he
can follow your dog through life. Breeders often
remain so involved in the lives of their dogs that
they themselves will care for your pet if you can no
longer keep her, or if you must be away from home
for a long time.
If your pet is showing any signs of distress or you
suspect your pet is seriously ill, CONTACT YOUR
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Sometimes people hear the words
breeders terms and simply don't want to get involved as
they want to own the dog outright with no involvement
from a 3rd party. There are many different stories out
there and reasons why pet owners don't want to become
involved with breeders terms. But Breeders terms are not
as bad as people think. If both parties are happy with
the arrangement sometimes it works out to be the best of
both worlds and not just for the breeder. If you have a
written contract between both parties then you know
where you both stand. You have both agreed to it.
Ultimately at the end of the day the BREED benefits
cause you've allowed your dog to contribute to the
future of the Golden Retriever breed.
Putting it simply is this, BREEDERS TERMS are conditions
that a breeder places on that particular animal that
they wish to still hold an interest in. Not all
agreements are the same and they will vary from each
Breeders put terms on certain dogs due to the fact that
they don't want to lose a bloodline that is very
important to them. But on the flip side a breeder cannot
keep every dog they breed under the sun or else they end
up with high numbers of dogs in their yard. Which for
most of us is a lot of hard work and very expensive to
maintain long term.
Not every dog that a breeder puts out on terms will be
bred from, some breeders simply put terms on but don't
always go through with utilizing that dog or bitch for
one reason or another. But their door is left open so
they can do that if they so choose to.
Our Kennels are a small and due to space limitations we
can not keep the number of dogs that we would love have.
So we have a small select number of Goldens in our yard
but sell other dogs on breeders terms so that if we so
choose to incorporate them into our lines the dogs are
there for us.
Contracts can vary.
Any dog sold on breeders terms must have the eye, heart
and hip score testing done.
If owned within South Australia - We generally have our
girls back for 1 or 2 litters (depending on what
happens). In this case Serngold Kennels is in charge of
all matings, the bitch is to be at Serngold Kennels,
until she's completed the cycle. She is returned to her
family and stays there until the last week of pregnancy
where she is returned to us for the whelping and remains
there till the puppies are 6 to 8 weeks of age and then
she is returned home. The pet owners of the mum are more
than welcome to visit their dog and spend time with the
puppies during this period. With this method all income
and expenses are the responsibility of Serngold Kennels
(whether she has 10 puppies or 2 puppies and a C
Another breeders term method we use mainly for
interstate buyers is allowing you (pet owner) to buy the
dog on terms but when you breed that bitch Serngold
Kennels will get a puppy back either pick of litter or
second pick of the litter. In this case you will be
required to become a registered breeder in your own
state. Again the dog or bitch must have all of the
If you happen to live in South Australia and wish to do
all the work, then that is something that needs to be
agreed upon and decided at time of contract. We are open
In regards to stud dogs this will vary. But generally at
Serngold Kennels we might sell the dog but have access
to the dog for our selves for FREE to any of our girls
but if anyone else (outside kennels) wants to use the
dog they must pay a stud fee of which the stud fee is
shared 50/50 with the pet owner. (in these circumstances
stud fee is paid once we know the girl is pregnant or
after she has a litter). Serngold Kennels does all the
hard work, houses the dog and bitch at their place
during the mating period. We recommend this so the dog
will never associate their pet home with matings. When
dogs come back home they know why they are there and are
quite happy to be here, (except when they discover
they're only back for boarding lol ).
But generally this is what we do with breeders terms. It
is a contract that is agreed by both parties and both
parties will sign a contract so that we know where we
both stand with the arrangements.
Our experience with pet owners so far has been good and
we hope that it continues along that vein. If you as a
pet owner are interested in breeding we are more than
happy to support you on the proviso you do things
You must become a Canine Council member in your state.
Abide by code of Ethics of the ANKC. Join your local
Golden Retriever club. Breed ethically and responsibly
as a registered breeder. Why become a backyard breeder
when you can become a registered breeder and have access
to all the top dogs in the world. Better than mating
your animal to the local pet dog that doesn't have
papers. Aim to produce TOP dogs only.
All contracts are open to negotiation prior to being
signed. The above is just a general look at it. If you
are interested in purchasing one of our puppies on
breeders terms, please feel free to ask questions.
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