Sample Contract for Adoption from Sundown Ridgeback
The purpose of this Contract is to describe to the New Owner the guarantees that are expected
from the Breeder and to describe the responsibilities of the New Owner for the Rhodesian
Ridgeback puppy described as follows:
Breeder guarantees that this puppy is a purebred Rhodesian Ridgeback, registerable with
the American Kennel Club (AKC), And That The Appropriate Registration Papers Will Be Given
To The New Owner upon receipt from the AKC. Pet quality puppies are sold with a "Limited"
registration. It is recommended that the New Owner register this puppy promptly with the
American Kennel Club (AKC) according to the organization’s terms and regulations. The
Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy shall include in its registered name the Breeder’s kennel
The Breeder has provided a true copy of this puppy’s pedigree.
The Breeder represents this Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy as PET quality. This puppy is
not considered to be of show or breeding quality, but is a representative of its breed and
suited as a companion and/or obedience, agility, lure coursing dog. The New Owner agrees
to have this puppy neutered/spayed at the age of nine (9) months and no later than 12 months.
New Owner agrees to send a copy of the neuter/spay surgery to the Breeder within three
weeks after said surgery.
This puppy has been thoroughly examined by a Veterinarian and the Breeder, and is found to be
in good health at this date. The Breeder has given all vaccinations (Parvo, DHPPC) and other
preventative care (i.e. wormings) for this puppy required to date. The New Owner agrees to
establish a booster vaccination program and heartworm preventative program with their veterinarian
on their first visit. New Owner agrees to keep this puppy under sanitary conditions and give it
maximum health protection through wormings, vaccinations and periodic examinations by a veterinarian.
The New Owner agrees that within a period of 48 hours following the date of sale, to have this puppy
examined by a veterinarian of his choice, preferably one who is familiar with the Rhodesian Ridgeback,
in order to certify the health of this puppy. The examination is at the New Owner’s expense or
guarantees are invalid.
If this puppy is not found to be in good health by the New Owner’s veterinarian, the New Owner must
immediately notify the Breeder. Should this puppy be determined to be in ill health, the cause of
which is clearly attributable to the Breeder, the New Owner, upon presentation of written diagnosis
from said veterinarian, may elect to return this puppy to the Breeder along with all accompanying
registration (signed back to the Breeder), pedigree and information papers for refund of purchase price.
New Owner agrees to provide transportation of this puppy to return to the Breeder.
New Owner shall assume full responsibility for the health, appearance and temperament of this
puppy upon date of purchase. New Owner agrees to follow the Breeder’s written and oral instructions
in the care and feeding of this puppy. If New Owner fails to follow these instructions, any written/oral
guarantees will be void.
The Breeder represents this Rhodesian Ridgeback as PET quality therefore, no guarantees are offered,
expressed or implied after said 48-hour period. The Breeder does guarantee that all medical precautions
have been taken to avoid genetic health problems.
New Owner agrees to take proper safeguards for the care and safety of the Rhodesian Ridgeback including,
but not limited to, necessary food, veterinarian care and general care to maintain good and proper health,
proper shelter and adequate exercise. New Owner understands that Breeder recommends keeping this dog "lean"
in weight throughout his/her life. New Owner understands that this dog shall be fed a good quality food
with a protein level no higher than 24%.
New Owner agrees that they shall not run/jog with this puppy before the age of 18 months.
New Owner may never use the Rhodesian Ridgeback described herein for fighting or attack purposes and is
never to be sold, traded or given away.
Return to Breeder Rights
New Owner agrees that if at any time he is unable to keep this puppy due to change in his circumstances
and are forced to seek a new owner for this puppy, then at that time, New Owner agrees to notify the Breeder
by phone or in writing by mail. Breeder has first option on the dog as its new owner before anyone else.
After a 30-day period, no refund is applicable. All records for this puppy, (i.e., veterinary records,
training certificates, etc) shall be provided to the Breeder.
Breeder and New Owner agree to establish some form of communication regarding this puppy’s well-being
and overall adjustment to life as a Rhodesian Ridgeback on an annual basis. Breeder requests changes
of address or telephone notification from New Owner.
New Owner understands that Breeder recommends attending Puppy Kindergarten classes and Basic Obedience
classes. New Owner understands that Breeder recommends obtaining the American Kennel Club’s Canine
Good Citizenship certificate.
The Breeder and the New Owner(s) have read, understand and agree to all terms and conditions of this
contract, and therefore sign in agreement there to.
Breeder: Sharon Volk, SundownRidgeback.com
New Owner: ____________________________________________________________________________________