Puppy Contracts: What Are They For?

Puppy contracts are yet another way to make life harder for puppy farmers and dishonest breeders. Here’s everything you need to know.

What is a puppy contract?

Put simply, a puppy contract is a legally binding agreement between you and the breeder. It’s an official contract of sale, keeping everything above board and holding both parties accountable in case something goes wrong.

While that sounds pretty formal, it’s really just a few (very important) pages that you’ll need to read through, fill out and sign when you either take home or find a home for a puppy.


What does a puppy contract cover?

It records how the puppy has been raised by the breeder and sets out what’s expected of the puppy parent. For breeders, this will cover things like the puppy’s health, age, and socialisation, and for new owners, it’ll cover the puppy’s ongoing care.

The contract includes all the details of the puppy’s health tests, when it was vaccinated, how it’s been socialised, what it weighs, and even how much it eats. Sometimes, it will also say that the owner can’t breed from the dog in the future, or that they have to contact the breeder if they can’t look after their puppy. It all depends on the contract.

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Why do I need a puppy contract?

It protects the puppy, the new owner, and the breeder, giving everyone peace of mind that the puppy is healthy and that it’s going to a safe home.

It also helps new puppy parents to understand their responsibilities and gives breeders somewhere to record everything they’ve done to give their puppies the best start in life. For that reason, asking to use a contract can expose dodgy breeders and irresponsible owners.

So, if a breeder or owner is reluctant to sign, it suggests they’re worried about getting in trouble – and that’s a big red flag.


Where can I get a puppy contract?

At Tailwise, we ask every breeder and owner to sign on the dotted line. At the end of the day, it’s a way to make sure everyone’s taking things seriously – and doing right by the nation’s dogs.If you’re thinking about getting a puppy, sign up to Tailwise today to connect with a verified breeder.

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