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IMPORTANT: Contract Information


We take pride in our program and do everything we can to minimize the risk of genetic ailments, but unfortunately much is still unknown and many ailments have an environmental factor as well. As such, we can offer only a warranty, since there are no guarantees when one is dealing with nature. Regarding hip and elbow dysplasia: 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. Upon completion of breeding requirements, the seller will be removed from the UKC papers, and mail the FCPR papers to the buyer.


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. Fireside Fernweh reserves the right to withhold breeding rights from any dog with severe flaws of temperament or health, or which is afflicted by any potentially genetic ailment.


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. Fireside Fernweh puppies start at $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 annually.

A deposit of $1,000 is required to hold a puppy after they are born. No puppies shall be considered spoken for until the deposit has been received.

!!! NOTICE !!!

We are doing away with our waitlist system. Do not complete the application unless you are interested in a puppy from our 2023 QUEST litter or 2023 AUTHENTIC litter! After these litters go home, we will be revamping our process. If you are interested in a puppy in 2024 or later, please check back after the new year.

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