Puppy Contract Information
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Given that dogs are not robots, we can only offer a warrantee as there simply are no guarantees, despite us doing everything in our power to prevent health concerns. We stand behind the dogs we produce, and as such we will refund the purchase price less the deposit if a dog is found to have hip or elbow dysplasia requiring surgery prior to age 7, or we will refund half of the purchase price if a dog is found to have hip or elbow dysplasia not requiring surgery. Additionally, we will refund the purchase price less the deposit if a dog is found to have any other genetic ailment which adversely affects it's quality of life prior to age 3.
NO dog sold by Fireside Fernweh may be registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) or any other organization as a German Shepherd Dog. Our litters are dual registered with the Federacion Canofila de Puerto Rico (FCPR), a member of FCI, as White Swiss Shepherds and with the United Kennel Club (UKC) as White Shepherds. UKC papers will be given to the buyer with the seller listed as Sole Signatory and the buyer listed as a Successor. FCPR papers will remain in the seller's possession until the dog has met our breeding requirements or has been altered (spayed/neutered). The reasoning behind this is to allow the buyer to compete in UKC events, but to prevent any litters from being registered until after the dog has completed our breeding requirements.
All Fireside Fernweh puppies are sold with conditional breeding rights, meaning the puppy must meet the requirements as laid out in the contract prior to being bred. We chose this route because in order to maintain genetic diversity, it is actually better for the breed if more dogs in a litter are bred than are not. However, we still require dogs that carry the Fireside Fernweh name to earn titles and pass health testing prior to breeding.
Puppy Pricing Information
We take pride in our puppies, breeding mostly imported lineage and only dogs who we believe better the White Swiss Shepherd breed in the US. Each puppy receives the same amount of care and attention prior to leaving for their new homes, regardless of whether they will become exclusively a companion or a show/sport prospect. In 2023, Fireside Fernweh puppies are $4500. We will reimburse up to $500 for health testing completed after the dog is two years old (OFA Hips and Elbows, PennHIP, etc). Please note that pricing is subject to change each year, after our review.
A deposit of $500 is required to hold a puppy after they are born. No puppies shall be considered spoken for until the deposit has been received.
Please note that it may take us awhile to get back to applications when we do not have an imminent litter (breeding hasn't yet taken place, no pregnancy confirmation, etc). This does not mean I don't value your application, only that I am a busy person and will reply when I have time to do so.