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 that isn't far. They might even meet you halfway.
 Most contracts will give a deadline for doing x-rays. OFA will grade hips on a preliminary basis at 4 months old, give official results at 2. Any dog used for any purpose can and should have xrays done. Even if you don't send them to OFA, a decent vet can give you an idea of how they look. If there is a questionable result, then you spend the $20 or so and have them graded by OFA. Most breeders say to have them done by 2 years old, some give a bit of leeway...
 as I told you above, a good breeder wouldn't just agree to take the dog back in a situation like that. They would travel on their own dime and repossess the dog. No, the buyer wouldn't get any refund but you can guarantee that the dog wouldn't be in that home anymore
a "puppy buyer questionnaire" http://suzanneclothier.com/content/hawks-hunt-gsd-puppy-buyer-questionnaire some sample contracts: http://geransgermanshepherd.com/Gerans-puppy-contract.pdf http://www.vonderinselshepherd.com/8.html http://www.rscountrysidekennels.com/puppy-purchase-contract.html http://www.shermanlanekennels.com/health-guarantee--puppy-contract.html http://www.twilightgreatdanes.com/Contract.html
for a good breeder, it isn't about the money. It's about the welfare of the dog. They aren't going to be thinking of "I can help them sell this dog so that I get some $$ back to cover taking care of it" They start the screening process for homes exactly like they would for a new puppy. If that means they end up placing the dog in a great home for free, then they are 1000X times happier than if they sold the dog to an "ok" home for $1000. They don't think of getting...
actually, a good breeder will take a dog back at any time. No, they won't give you a refund of money unless they have a very good reason but that dog will ALWAYS have a home. It doesn't matter if the dog is 14 years old. If I lost my home today, knock on wood, Singe would go to his breeder. If I die in a freak car accident 10 years from now, Singe would go back to his breeder. Any GOOD breeder has a right of first refusal in their contract meaning that you...
in many states it is legal to sell at any age. in others, the limit may be 7 weeks or "weaned" A better resource is: http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/09/29/puppies-taken-from-litter-too-soon-develop-behavior-problems-as-adults.aspx http://www.animallaw.info/articles/ovuspuppysaletable.htm
it's a conversation. other people who DON'T know these things also read it. The things you are saying, however, are mostly not done that way anymore. Yes a mentor is a must, especially for breeding. A mentor is a godsend in any hobby or sport you want to attempt. However, many of the ways that you talk about doing things aren't done that way and haven't for years. A good mentor will teach you how to eyeball a dog, use your hands to go over structure and check for...
 hmm I see lots of dogs for those prices outside Alaska.the other things you are talking about? knowledgeable sport people don't worry as much about those. Puppies come with hip and/or performance guarantees. Older dogs (over 4 months old) can be xrayed and prelimed as a condition of purchase. If the dog doesn't pass, the purchase is voided. The dog then goes into a pet home.Knowledgeable people don't judge by "the dog moves funny" It's normal for young dogs...
 agreed! It was more sour grapes I'm Chief Ring Steward for our obedience trial this weekend. Have spent the last few weeks organizing people and schedules (or trying to!). Wish I was getting paid. lol
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