Blossom Valley Labrador Retrievers
About My Puppies
1.          CARE OF THE PUPPIES
2.          PLACEMENT OF PUPPIES
3.          PUPPY GUARANTEE
4.          PRICES

1.          CARE OF THE PUPPIES
Puppies are born in the house, where I have a bedroom with a doggy door for momma to go out into a 10' x 5' dog run to relieve herself.  When they get to the age where they are walking around, I let them wander through the house and, if the weather is good, they can wander out into the front courtyard where I have concrete, pavers and artificial turf.  I have a doggy door out to the courtyard right next to the front door, so they eventually start following momma out and in through the doggy door.  At night, they sleep inside as all my dogs do.  

I believe in keeping the dewclaws because videos I have viewed show that dogs use them for getting out of lakes with ice and for agility balance.  If you want your puppies dewclaws removed, you will need to give me a 25% non-refundable deposit before the puppies are 5 days old.  

I generally start de-worming at two weeks with pyrantel pamoate and repeat this de-worming at four weeks.  I de-worm 3 days in a row with Safeguard at six weeks.  I treat for coccidia at seven and nine weeks with Toltrazuril.  I typically start their vaccinations at 6 weeks and give the second shot at 10 weeks.  Puppies can go home after 10 weeks, but new owner must get a third puppy shot at 14 weeks and 18 weeks and one year for the guarantee to remain in force. I use and recommend Nobivac's Canine 1-DAPPv for first year shots.
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2.          PLACEMENT OF PUPPIES
I require any potential puppy buyers to complete an application and return to me before they are allowed to visit.  I place all puppies in loving pet homes where they will not be used for "backyard breeding" (pups get Limited AKC Registration).  I do not sell puppies for showing.  I prefer to follow the AKC Breed Standard which requires that Labs have legs that are one-half their height at the withers.  Most show dogs now have legs that are too short, chests that are too deep, and heads that resemble Rotties.  I have a Rottie and don't need my Labs to look like my Rottie.  The new owner has 72 hours to take the puppy for an examination and to return the puppy for a full refund, upon discovery of a serious health defect if a licensed veterinarian certifies such defect exists.  I am always willing to take the puppy back at any age, but after the initial return period for health/genetic defects, I only refund $200 of the purchase price as an incentive to not send the dog to rescue or a shelter in violation of my contract.  If the new owner discovers that they do not have the time, talent, or temperament to own a Labrador Retriever.  I will keep it and try to find it a new loving home.  If a puppy buyer ever puts a dog of mine in a shelter, I will hunt them down and take legal action to enforce the liquidated damages clause in my contract.
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3.          PUPPY GUARANTEE
My basic guaranty for all puppies extends to 12 months of age for genetic defects.  If a licensed, practicing veterinarian certifies that a genetc problem exists, I will take the puppy back if:  (i) the puppy has never been bred; (ii) a licensed practicing veterinarian certifies that a serious genetic defect exists that requires medical treatment (plus DNA test if available); and (iii) I get a copy of the tests and analyses to verify the conclusion with my veterinarian.  In that case, I will take back the puppy and refund:  (i) the purchase price, assuming the puppy is in other ways in good health; or (ii) the purchase price, less any medical expenses for other problems that the puppy may have developed while in the care of the new owner, which was not caused by the defect.  If the new owner would rather keep the pup with the defect, I will contribute up to one-half of the purchase price for medical treatment for the defect, directly to the service provider, if a licensed and certified facility.  

If buyer gets a preliminary hip and elbow report from OFA at 12 months and an OFA eye certification at 12 months, I will extend the guaranty to 24 months.  If the buyer gets a permanent hip and elbow report from OFA at 24 months and an OFA eye certification at 24 months, I will extend the guaranty to 36 months.  
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4.          PRICES
My pups are all sold under a written signed contract requiring sterilization before one year of age and with Limited AKC Registration which I process and for which I pay.  I charge $2,000 to $2,500 and do not sell puppies to show homes.  In general, girls are more expensive.  Your payment includes the following:
-- AKC Registration Certificate in the new owners' names with "limited" registration, meaning that no pups produced by a dog with Limited Registration can be registered with the AKC. In this way, we try to prevent uncontrolled breeding of dogs by people who do not adhere to appropriate breeding practices (AKC registration cost is $30-$63.99). 
-- A 15-digit microchip (vet cost $25 to $50 depending on location).
-- AKC Reunite registration of microchip for life in the new owners' names and addresses (AKC Reunite cost $15).  
-- Two vaccinations at 6 and 10 weeks, using Nobivac's Canine 1-DAPPv (vet cost typically $25 to $50 plus visit costs).
-- Two deworming treatments, using pyrantel pamoate at 2 and 4 weeks and using Safeguard for 3 days at 6 weeks (vet cost per vaccine is typically $15 to $30 plus fecal test and vet visit costs).  
-- Two coccidiocide treatments, using Toltrazuril, at 7 and 9 weeks (vets do not give this treatment).





NOTE:  For all you litigious types, I reserve the right to change these terms at any time, without notice, prior to execution of a binding contract of sale of a particular puppy with an identified buyer.  The terms of our executed contract will contain the specific terms of a particular sale.
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Updated 6/2/2018
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