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Health Guarantee

The seller gives the Buyer a 1 year guarantee against genetic health defects. The 1 year guarantee expires on the dog’s 1 year birthday. The Seller also gives a 72 hour health guarantee against life threatening illnesses. The Buyer agrees to take the puppy to a licensed Veterinarian to have it examined (at Buyers cost) within 48 hours (holidays and weekends excluded) or the guarantee is void. If the puppy is found to have a life threatening illness that will cause death or if the puppy dies within the 72 hour guarantee time, the Buyer must notify the Seller at once with the following information:

  • Name, address and phone number of the licensed Veterinarian who examined the puppy

  • The diagnosis and all medical records

  • If puppy dies in the Buyer’s care, proof of death is required. Autopsy if needed

  • If the Buyer decides to have the puppy treated for a life threatening illness instead of returning the puppy, the Seller will not be held responsible for any Veterinary bills and this guarantee becomes void.

  • The Buyer needs to make arrangements to bring the puppy back to the seller (at buyers cost) within 48 hours from the date of diagnosis with the requested information and all registration paperwork.

The Seller will then take the puppy to her Veterinarian and if the same life threatening illness is confirmed or death occurs as a result of a life threatening illness, the seller will refund the price of the puppy at that time. If it is found that the puppy does not have a life threatening illness, the Buyer may take the puppy back and pay all related Veterinarian costs. If the Buyer declines to take the puppy back, no refund will be given.


The Seller is not responsible for associated changes which may occur with moving a puppy to a new home: mental stress, low blood sugar, loose stools or coccidia, which can be caused by stress and can develop within hours in transport and has nothing to do with good or bad breeding.


The puppy is not guaranteed against diseases such as Parvovirus, Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella and Lyme Disease. It is the new owner’s responsibility to stay up to date with the puppy’s vaccinations. No vaccine is 100% guaranteed. A puppy can still catch a contagious disease, and most likely will catch it if around a dog that suffers from the disease. Please do not have your puppy out in public, at pet stores, parks, etc. until the complete set of vaccinations is done. When visiting your vet, keep the puppy in a pet carrier at all times.


This guarantee does not apply to whipworm, roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm, coccidia, giardia, vaginitis, bladder infections, urinary tract infections, undescended testicle(s), hernias and overshot or undershot bites, as all of the above aforementioned can be common in puppies and do not affect the longevity or long term quality of life of the puppy.


The puppy is not guaranteed against food and environmental allergies. Just like with humans, a dog can have an allergy against anything.


A breed standard of the Basset Hound is their slightly sunken eyes with sagging lower eyelids. This characteristic makes the basset hound susceptible to eye conditions that include entropian, ectropian or cherry eye. Entropian is a rolling inward of the eyelids. This may allow the eyelashes or hair around the eyes to rub against the cornea, causing discomfort and constant tearing. Ectropian is an eversion, or turning out of the eyelids. “Cherry Eye” or Glandular hypertrophy is simply an enlargement of the gland of the third eyelid. A veterinarian may determine that surgical correction is necessary with any of these eye problems. The seller does not guarantee against entropian, ectropian or cherry eye, which are common in dogs with sunken eyes and sagging eye lids.


The puppy is not guarantee against panosteitis, also known as pano, which is a short-lived (self-limiting) and painful condition characterized by limping and lameness, and is quite often misdiagnosed in Basset Hounds. It is often described as “growing pains.” Before any surgical procedure is done on your Basset, I highly recommend getting a second opinion from a vet that is knowledgeable with Basset Hounds.


The Buyer must keep the puppy current on all vaccinations for the health guarantee to be valid.


By accepting this puppy, the Buyer has agreed that all vet care is their responsibility from this day forth.


The Buyer agrees that the puppy/dog must be spayed or neutered before the age of 12 months from the date of birth. The Buyer understands that this is a pet only dog. The Buyer agrees not to breed the puppy/dog at any time. If the Buyer breeds the puppy/dog, without express written permission of the Seller, the Seller has all rights to take back the ownership of the dog and any puppies produced will revert back to the Seller and the Buyer shall pay a fee of $1000 for breach of contract, plus the cost of any veterinary care needed due to the dog being bred. The Buyer will not be compensated in any way for dam or the puppies, nor will be Buyer be due any type of registration papers whatsoever then or in the future.


The puppy may not be transferred, sold or placed into any other contractual arrangement by the Buyer to a third party under any circumstances without written consent from the Seller. The Buyer shall never abandon this dog, transfer to a shelter, sell/transfer to a research center, or sell/transfer it to a pet shop or persons contemplating breeding, to commercial distributors, or resellers of animals. If it is found that you have transferred ownership of the dog, in any way, without written approval from Breeder you will pay to the breeder the original cost of the dog plus $500 for breach of contract.


This contract is not transferable and only applies to the person listed as the Buyer in this agreement.


The price for this puppy is $____.  A $100 deposit has been paid to hold the puppy and $____ will be paid at the time of pick up. Signing this contract does not obligate you to follow through with the purchase. If you choose to not pick up the puppy on the agreed upon date, you forfeit the $100 deposit.


The Buyer understands that this puppy is not being sold with any registration papers.


This agreement is governed under the laws of the State of Tennessee and may not be altered, modified or rescinded unless agreed to in writing by Buyer and Seller, and any actions resulting from non-compliance of the agreement will be settled in the County of Fentress, in the State of Tennessee. Buyer will be held liable for all legal fees and court costs. Any placement costs, maintenance costs, boarding, medical and associated miscellaneous costs related to this puppy/dog will be the responsibility of the Buyer. This Agreement is made by both parties to insure the well being and protection of this dog. The Buyer understands that an electronic signature on this contract is legally binding.

NOTE: This is the standard contract. If you are getting a puppy that's a different price or has something like a hernia, that will be reflected in the contract.

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