I'm choclab's wife and little does he know, I read these forums too!
I wanted to find out what you all thought about hunting dogs and health contracts/ gurantees. We're thinking about breeding our chocolate lab, Maggie, in the future and would like to get all this straigtened out before we do. We will be OFA certifying her hips and elbow, and testing her eyes as well. We are thinking of breeding her to an amazing stud (Am / Can CH Skyfire's Oughta Be A Law JH CD WC...I know I know, a show dog, but I like the look, and he has multiple field dogs in his pedigree...), or to something with a similer pedigree, regardless, he and his ancestors will have had their hips, elbows, and eyes all done at the very least.
Now, I have read numerous horror stories about a breeder guranteeing a dog, never having issues with any other dog in their history and out of no where a case of hip dysplasia developes, usually when the dog has been trained to death it's first 6 months, however with no clause in the contract about this the owner of the dog expects his/her gurantee (money or a new dog- someone I read about wanted a fully trained dog for their gurantee...).
Because of this I was leaning towards writing a contract that does not gurantee a dogs hips/elbows and or health, except for possibly helping with treatment, and simply stating the certifications both parents have gone through and that in buying any dog, especially Labs, there is a chance for hip dysplasia, ect. I realize that this would mean probably selling the pups for less and all that, but we aren't looking for money really, and I would perfer not to be sued....is there any other way to do this? Writing an "iron clad" contract outlining the dogs training regimin seems a bit much for me...let me know your experiances and thoughts!
Sorry this was so long!
AKA Choclab's Wife