How to Write a Puppy Purchase Contract

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If you're in the business of raising and selling puppies, you should have a purchase contract for the buyer to read and sign. Even if your pet just happened to get pregnant and you plan to sell the puppies, it's in your best interests to have a contract. The signed contract is verification to you and the purchaser as to what terms are being agreed on by both parties. The puppy purchase contract can be as simple or detailed as you want to make it. Be sure to cover everything in writing that you verbally tell the purchaser.

List the name of your breeding business at the top of the contract. If you have no name, you can just head the document as a puppy purchase contract. List your address and contact information, and how long you have been breeding and selling puppies. If you're licensed as a breeder by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) under the Animal Welfare Act, include that information as well.

Include an area to identify the puppy. You should list the puppy’s gender, color, breed and date of birth. If your litter is registered, also list the mother's and father's registration numbers and attach their pedigrees. Note the puppies' microchip number if you microchip them.

Write out your specific guarantee, such as that the parents are certified free of genetic hip disorders and that you guarantee the puppy is as well. Include information on any health checkups, shots or worm medicines the puppy has received since birth. State what you expect of the potential purchaser. Some breeders require the purchaser to have the pup checked by a veterinarian within a certain amount of time to establish that the puppy was healthy when purchased, for example. Others require purebred but pet-quality pups to be spayed or neutered within a specific time frame.

Include the price and any payment types or arrangements you are willing to make. Note what the price includes, such as all vaccinations and veterinary care through the date of purchase. Requiring a deposit to hold the puppy until it is old enough to leave the litter is standard. Add any other payment arrangements you and the buyer agree on.

State what kinds of arrangements you will make to deliver the puppy if the purchaser isn't nearby. If you are willing to travel, state your fees for doing so. If you will ship the dog by air, spell out any requirements you have, such as meeting the USDA's minimum age requirement for shipping, usually at least 8 weeks old for domestic flights. Also, you might want the buyer to pay upfront for the airline-approved travel crate. If you will not ship, say so in the contract.

End the contract with a place for the seller and the purchaser to sign, along with full contact information on the buyer. Give the contract to the prospective buyer and ask him to read it over thoroughly before signing it. The seller should only sign the contract and give the purchaser a copy when the puppy is picked up or delivered.

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