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The Purpose and Function of our Puppy Sale Agreements aka Contract
Why do I sell my puppies under Contracts?
To put it simply, placing pups under puppy sale contracts is the only way we can legally protect the welfare of our pups, our bloodlines and our exclusive Lykos breeding program. We never aim for it to sound controlling or clinical, but it is the most responsible thing a breeder can do if they are serious about their dogs, bloodlines and what happens to them.
We have been using our contracts for 20 years - with great success. They are also updated from time to time to keep in line with the latest laws and legal enforcement.
Another important part of the agreement is to protect our exclusive bloodlines from falling into the wrong hands. Under no circumstances will we allow our puppies or bloodlines to end up in a rescue or shelter or used by any unregistered breeder.
If an owner is unable to keep their puppy, we will find it another home or the puppy must be returned to us to find it the best and most suitable home.
If more breeders controlled their bloodlines and took their hobby more seriously, there would be a huge decrease in backyard breeders and dogs ending up in shelters and rescues.
Sadly, there are people in this world who want to breed dogs commercially for money and as a "job". They retain more dogs that they can manage, and ultimately, it's the dogs who suffer.
There are also people who breed dogs in poor conditions, where a breeder will not allow you to visit parents or puppies. Backyard breeders and puppy mills (puppy farms) fall into this category. They deceive puppy buyers into buying sub-standard dogs, who are not raised for the best start to their lives. Puppies get sick and some even die from being raised in poor environments. It's not uncommon for puppies from these places to suffer from temperament disorders too. We refuse to contribute to this unfortunate, yet very common situation.
If by any chance, a pup of mine is abused, mistreated or dumped, the contract allows me to legally remove the puppy from that environment and back into my care. If there was no contract, I would have no right to take the dog I bred back and find it the best and most appropriate home. I care a lot about each dog I bring into this world – for its entire life. I care where my dogs end up and will do everything possible to avoid terrible situations.
Responsible breeding is not just a case of breeding two dogs together, regardless of whether health testing has been done. It comes from high standards of husbandry, many years of experience, artful and ethical breeding, conformation, movement, temperament and behaviour, health and correct balance and type. It's a very intricate and expensive "hobby".
As a breeder, I am a protector and improver of our breed, and I take my bloodlines very seriously. They are the result of 20 years of my hard work, research and own creativity.
I am not a commercial breeder. I do not have kennels and the kind of set up to keep several dogs. It would not be fair on any dog to live in that kind of set up. I do not believe the dogs get a good quality of life in such an environment.
I support all my puppy owners with professional training and advice, gained in over 20 years involved in dogs and am always there to support and mentor them should they need it.
When I provide families with my puppies, I also trust that they will always represent the breed with pride, whilst respecting the hard work that has gone into creating them.
Most of all, I trust people to give their puppy the very best life possible, promoting the breed positively by way of training and responsible pet ownership, and making the dogs an integral part of their family!