What guarantee does my puppy have and what papers will come with him/her?
When you pick up your puppy you will receive a packet with all of his/her paperwork. If you live out of state, and one of our puppy chaperones/nannies is flying your puppy to you, it will be given to you when he/she meets you at the airport with your puppy. Inside the packet you will find our Health Guarantee/Sales Contract/Immunization Record, AKC paperwork, veterinary examination, and 3-generation pedigrees from both parents.
Below is the guarantee portion of our sales contract as of 10/1/2018. The remainder of the sales contract lists other pertinent details such as names, addresses, and contact numbers of sellers and buyer(s); immunization and health record; payment record; signatures and dates; etc.
1. For this guarantee to be valid, you must have your puppy checked by a licensed veterinarian (DMV) within 30 days from the date you take possession and the results communicated to us. This is important to confirm the overall health of your puppy, to insure a proper relationship with a qualified vet, and to get the 3rd DAPP, 2nd Bordetella, and 1st rabies vaccinations for his/her protection against common canine diseases. Your puppy should be kept away from places frequented by other dogs/pets until he/she has had these important injections to ensure that he/she is fully immunized and will not catch any serious diseases if he/she should be exposed to one or more. Any significant issues found by your vet during this, or any subsequent examination, should be communicated to us ASAP. DO NOT undertake expensive examinations, tests, treatments, or procedures prior to communicating with us if you are interested in our participation financially or otherwise, so that we can discuss all various alternatives related to your Frenchie’s issue.
2. We breed only high-quality, healthy males and females and which have no known significant health issues and which have been DNA tested for the common Frenchie defects. As a result, our puppies, which have all been thoroughly examined by our vet, have had excellent overall health. While there is no such thing as a perfect puppy, just as there are no perfect humans, you are adopting a high-quality Frenchie puppy. Therefore, you should expect a puppy of good overall health which will have a happy and active life of a decade or more if you do your part in assuring his/her proper care and maintenance. Consequently, if your Frenchie is significantly debilitated or dies at less than 10 years of age due to a genetic or congenital defect, as confirmed by a competent necropsy at your expense, we will provide a prorated credit toward a new puppy. If this happens during the first year of ownership, a replacement puppy of equal quality will be provided at our discretion as soon as an appropriate puppy is available. You will be responsible for all shipping costs associated with a replacement puppy. At our discretion, other arrangements acceptable to both parties may be made.
Any minor defect(s) found during our vet’s examination of each puppy will be fully disclosed to interested clients. In some cases, such as small umbilical hernias, undescended testicles, excessively narrow nostrils, cherry eye, etc. (we have had very few of these issues), we may adjust the purchase price to help pay for corrective surgery/treatment. If your vet finds any health issues which our vet has missed, communicate to us immediately and we will work out a fair resolution with you.
3. All of our breeding French Bulldog males and females have full AKC registration. All puppies from their litters are eligible for either full AKC or limited AKC (pet only) registration. All of the French Bulldog puppies that are adopted from us will come with a minimum of 3-generation pedigree charts for both parents, a vet check letter, and a sales contract with health record, in addition to the AKC paperwork. It is your responsibility to submit the paperwork to the AKC and pay the appropriate registration fees for the type of registration you desire, if any. There is an extra cost to purchase a puppy with full AKC registration, so unless you plan on breeding or showing your Frenchie in AKC conformation events, you will only need to consider limited registration. If you purchase a puppy with full AKC registration, there is no guarantee of show potential when your puppy matures, regardless of show potential at the time of purchase, and there is no size guarantee for a French Bulldog puppy when it reaches maturity, although an estimated weight range can be provided based on past data and family history. If you have purchased full AKC registration in order to breed your Frenchie and he/she is determined to be sterile based on multiple unsuccessful parings and/or as certified by a qualified vet, and your vet subsequently neuters or spays your Frenchie, we will make an adjustment on the price you paid to reflect a limited registration price rather than a full registration price within 3 years of purchase.
A Frenchie puppy being sold with limited AKC registration is being purchased as a pet and YOU ARE AGREEING to have your puppy spayed or neutered before reaching sexual maturity (we recommend at approximately 6 months of age). Frenchies with limited registration can still be entered into virtually all AKC events with the exception of conformation events which are for evaluating breeding stock. When you take your Frenchie to be spayed or neutered, you will be asked if you want a blood test taken. Assuming your puppy is healthy and happy, we strongly DISCOURAGE clients from having these extra tests. Young dogs frequently have one or more readings outside of established norms for any number of reasons, often very short term, and they generally have little if any impact on the health or quality of life of your Frenchie. Invariably, any blood test readings outside of established norms result in expensive analyses, testing, and procedures that are oftentimes unnecessary and provide no benefit to your dog. In general, our guarantee does not cover the cost of any blood testing nor any analyses, procedures, or medications associated with any blood testing which is performed. Of course, our guarantee as spelled out in #2 above is in full force.
4.The French Bulldog is a chondrodystrophic (dwarf) and a brachycephalic (short-faced) breed, and, like all dogs in this category, all Frenchies have some degree of brachycephalic syndrome characterized by narrow nostrils and somewhat elongated palates. This produces the endearing noises made by the Frenchie (noisy breathing, snorting, and snoring) and their inability to deal as effectively with excessive heat, exertion, and stress as longer nosed breeds. In most cases, the symptoms are mild and, if caution is taken (to include smaller and more frequent meals if they gulp their food), they will live long and healthy lives. In rare cases, symptoms are severe enough that a dog’s quality of life is significantly affected. If your Frenchie develops severe brachycephalic syndrome symptoms that your vet confirms and determines need to be alleviated through surgery, we will help with the cost of the surgery.
5.We have had only rare incidents of demodex hot spots or skin allergies with any of our Frenchies, although both can be common in the breed. These are usually easily treated and cured, sometimes with a diet change, and are not covered by our guarantee. If you do experience problems, contact us for advice. Also, almost all Frenchies will acquire the characteristic bat-ears when they are 4 to 12 weeks old. Occasionally, a Frenchie will need a little help in training its ears to stand erect. We demonstrate how this is done on our website under FAQs.
6. We are proactive in the health care of all of our French Bulldogs. Each of our puppies has received up-to-date immunizations and preventive treatments for worms, giardia, and coccidia. However, all puppies are considered high-risk for coccidia and giardia and other intestinal bacteria and parasites, and preventive treatment is no guarantee that none of these issues will appear as they can be brought on by the stress of shipping, a new home and environment, a diet change, new people and playmates, a change in climate, etc. These health issues are not generally serious (even when some blood and/or mucus shows up in the stool) and are easily treated. Our guarantee does not cover the cost of treatment for any of these conditions.
7. This contract does not cover death, injuries, illnesses, or debilitating disorders that result from accidents, neglect, or improper care, including injuries sustained from a jump or fall from an excessive height or from excessive exertion or stress, especially in hot weather. You, the owner, agree to provide high-quality food, adequate shelter (the French Bulldog is primarily an inside dog and does not tolerate excessive heat or cold), regular vet checks, and age appropriate vaccinations and dewormings (including heart worm medication). Failure to provide proper care for your French Bulldog will void this warranty. Frenchies generally do not swim and do not tolerate exertion and stress as well as non-brachycephalic breeds.
8. We want each of our valued clients to personally meet his/her/their new puppy before taking formal possession (normally at about 9 weeks of age). If you live close enough to us in northern Utah to personally meet your new puppy before taking him/her home, we strongly encourage you to do so. If not, we will have one of our responsible puppy chaperones/nannies hand deliver your puppy to you at your nearest major airport. If, after meeting your new puppy, you are not completely satisfied and you believe that we have in any way misrepresented him/her, you can refuse to take possession and we will refund everything you have paid, excluding the shipping charge which goes directly to our carrier.