Windlaufer German Shepherds offers a 26 month warranty on all puppies sold. If determined, by a veterinarian, that said puppy has any genetic problems that would preclude it from living an otherwise normal and healthy life, or in the case of hip and elbow evaluation, as determined by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), Windlaufer German Shepherds will replace the puppy with another puppy of equal or greater value OR refund 50% of the original purchase price of puppy (less the non refundable deposit) if it is crippling HD. The decision to replace puppy or refund 50% the purchase price (less the non refundable deposit) will be at the sole discretion of the seller. Each circumstance is different and the seller must evaluate each case individually to make this determination.
In addition I will only replace a pup twice. If someone gets three pups from my kennel and all three have bad hips then that person is doing something wrong in the way they raise their dogs and I will not cover any additional replacements.
The pups ears are guaranteed to stand. If they are not standing by 5 months, the owner must contact Windlaufer German Shepherds. The pup must be examined by his vet at 5 months of age. The ears must be taped for a period of 4 weeks starting at 5 months. If they are not standing after 4 weeks of taping the owner must again contact Windlaufer German Shepherds and the dog must again be seen by the vet at 6 months of age.
A pup will not be replaced for soft ears unless these procedures are followed and have been documented in our office. We do not have ear problems in our dogs. If a pet owner takes the necessary precautions to tape weak ears 99.9% of the time they will stand. It is entirely possible to have a dog whose ears would have stood had they been taped. But they did not stand because the owner has not done his or her share in making sure the ears were properly taken care of.
* Customers should know that ears may come up and then go back down when the dog begins to get new teeth. If this happens the ears will ALWAYS come back up after teething.
We do not warrant the temperament of our puppies. Too often, nice puppies develop temperament problems as a result of the way they were raised. We have no control over environment.
You MUST socialize, socialize, and socialize your new puppy. I cannot stress this enough!
The pups hips are warranted to OFA (fair, good, or excellent) at 2 years of age. We recommend preliminary hip x-rays at 12 months. If the owners vet suspects a problem with the hips, the owner or his vet should send the x-rays to the OFA and ask for a preliminary opinion. A copy of the x-ray must be sent to Windlaufer before the dog is replaced. The hip warranty is non transferable.
It is important to understand that there is a possibility that a puppy from my kennel or any other kennel can develop hip dysplasia, even though every dog we breed has had it's hips x-rayed and has good hips. In fact every dog in the last 5 generations of our breeding stock has certified up to excellent hips. But this does not change the fact that German Shepherds all have the ability to produce an occasional bad hip in their off spring. The only way to get a 100% guarantee that a dog does not have bad hips is to purchase an adult dog and have the hips x-rayed before the purchase.
I wish that I could say that a pup from my kennel will never have bad hips. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Because of the nature of the breed, there is still a small risk that a dog from my kennel can have a bad hip.
Hip dysplasia has four major causes:
**too much exercise at a young age
It is felt that genetics play between a 25% and 30% role in a dog having hip dysplasia. This means that new pet owners can assume a great deal of responsibility (70% to 75%) in their dog developing good hips
This begins with feeding a high premium dog food, or a dog food that is made up of all human grade ingredients (i.e Flint River, Royal Canin, Wellness, Nutro ). It also means that you should keep your dog lean. Carrying too much weight at a young age is going to add stress on soft puppy bones and you only kid yourself if you think this does not have an effect on skeletal development.
New owners need to be very careful of over exercising a pup. This means no jogging until after the dog is 12 months old. This means not exercising to the point of exhaustion, or taking the pup for long walks. Around the block is fine, a 2 mile walk is not fine.
Swimming is a wonderful way to exercise your pup without putting stress on the hips, spine and joints.
If the dog is bred before 2 years of age -THIS WARRANTY IS VOID. This does not mean you cannot breed before 2 years. It does mean you need to x-ray and be sure of the hips before you breed, but, We will not replace a dog for bad hips if it has been bred before 2 years of age.
All Vet expenses incurred after the purchase of a puppy is the responsibility of the new owner.
Deposits are non-refundable, but can be rolled over to a future litter.
In the event, buyer is unable to keep the puppy/dog for any reason, he/she agrees to give Windlaufer German Shepherds first option to take the puppy/dog back. In the event of a resale, the original buyer must notify Windlaufer German Shepherds of the new owner's name, address, and phone number.
If any provision of the Agreement is or becomes void or unenforceable by force or operation of law, the other provisions shall remain valid and enforceable.
The entire Agreement between the parties is contained herein. In the event of a dispute, Cass County, MO will have jurisdiction over the matter.
Terry & Mike Dirlam (Seller) (Date)_________
Terry and Mike Dirlam, Windlaufer German Shepherds
33115 Taylor Rd
Drexel, MO 64742
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