Sample Puppy Contract

by Janet Joers

This sample contract can be copied and modified for your needs.

  1. The Buyer shall provide the dog with adequate food, fresh water at all times, shelter, affection, love, and medical care, including all necessary shots and medication recommended by the veterinarian.
  2. The Buyer shall provide the dog with veterinary care upon sickness, disease, or injury, and shall take it to a veterinarian at least once a year for an annual health examination and routine vaccinations.
  3. The Buyer shall provide the dog with humane care and maintain it in accordance with all current and future state, county, and municipal laws and ordinances where the Buyer resides.
  4. The Buyer shall provide the dog with a fully fenced yard or other humane means of exercise. The dog shall not be kept constantly chained or constantly outdoors.
  5. The Buyer shall keep the dog as a household pet and shall never use it for breeding without the Breeder's consent or as an attack dog or guard dog.
  6. The Buyer shall provide a collar and identification tag for the dog to wear at all times when allowed to go outdoors.
  7. The dog shall reside at the Buyer's address.
  8. If the dog cannot be kept by the Buyer, the Buyer shall notify the Breeder immediately. The dog shall not be sold, transferred, or given to any individual or to any retail or wholesale establishment for the purpose of sale or resale to the public, nor to any research institution where medical experimentation or other practices take place.
  9. The Buyer agrees to take the puppy to a veterinarian within three (3) days of the date of purchase for a physical examination to determine the health of the pup.
  10. The Buyer agrees to have the puppy's ears set a minimum of three times by an experienced ear setter of the Breeder's choosing.
  11. For pet-quality pups, the Buyer agrees to have the bitch spayed before her first season at six (6) months old, or to have the dog neutered no later than nine (9) months from the date of this Contract.
  12. For show prospects, the Buyer agrees to have the pup re-evaluated by a Kerry expert of the Breeder's choosing within one year of the date of this Contract. Should the pup be deemed suitable for showing, arrangements for showing acceptable to the Breeder must be made. Should the pup be deemed unsuitable for showing, or the Buyer refuses to make show arrangements, the Buyer agrees to have the pup spayed or neutered within six (6) months of such determination.
  13. The Buyer shall pay a purchase price of ______, as well as all shipping charges and related expenses with regard to the delivery of the puppy to the Buyer.
  14. The Buyer agrees that it is the Buyer's responsibility to accept the puppy as described. The Breeder has provided and the Buyer has acknowledged a full disclosure of the health, habits, and temperament of the puppy below.
  15. The Buyer agrees that the Breeder is in no way liable or responsible for any damage, accident, or injury resulting from the dog.
  16. The Buyer shall have three (3) months from the date of this Contract to return the dog for a full refund of the purchase price, minus any expenses involved in the sale. After three (3) months and for the life of the dog, the Buyer may return the dog to the Breeder at any time and for any reason. The Buyer agrees to sign the necessary AKC papers to list the Breeder as sole owner of the dog.
  17. The dog shall be registered in the Buyer's and Breeder's names. Upon spaying/neutering, the Breeder agrees to release ownership and file the necessary papers with the AKC at the Breeder's expense to name the Buyer as sole owner.
  18. The Buyer and Breeder agree to keep each other informed of their current addresses.
  19. The Buyer agrees to pay the Breeder any and all expenses, including court costs and reasonable attorney fees, in enforcing the terms and provisions of the Contract.
  20. Should the Buyer be unable or unwilling to fulfill any of the above provisions, the Buyer agrees to return the dog to the Breeder at the Breeder's request. Should the Buyer refuse to return the dog, the Buyer hereby authorizes the Breeder to pick up and remove the dog from the Buyer's control.


The UNDERSIGNED Buyer hereby acknowledges having read the terms of the Contract and does hereby agree to abide by each of the provisions set forth above.

Signature(s) of Buyer(s):
Printed Name and Address of Buyer(s):
Buyer's Telephone Number:
Signature(s) of Breeder(s):

(To be completed by the Breeder)

Puppy's Name/ID:
AKC Litter Registration number:
Birth date:
Born at:

To Be Spayed/Neutered: Yes? No?
Description of health:
Description of Temperament: