The following agreement is between ______________ (breeder), hereafter referred to as "Seller", and ______________, hereafter referred to as "Purchaser".

In consideration of a purchase price of five-hundred dollars ($500.00), of which one-hundred dollars ($100.00) is a nonrefundable deposit, the Seller transfers all rights in fee simple determinable, privileges and responsibilities associated with the ownership of the female/male puppy of the Border Collie breed to Purchaser as of the date and time specified below with the following conditions subsequent:

COLOR: ____________________________ SEX: ______________

LITTER REG. NO.: ______________ DOB: ______________

MARKINGS: ________________________________________________________

SIRE: ____________________________ SIRE'S ABC REG. NO.: ______________

DAM: ____________________________ DAM'S ABC REG. NO.: ______________

Purchaser agrees to neuter/spay the puppy before it reaches one year of age. Purchaser agrees to supply Seller with a veterinarian's letter by certified mail as proof of a neuter/spay. If Purchaser fails to neuter/spay this puppy and provide proof to the Seller by one year of age, rights and ownership of the dog will automatically terminate and revert back to Seller who may immediately assume possession of the dog. Seller's reasonable attorney's fees for recovery of the dog will be paid by the Purchaser.

It is understood by all parties to this agreement that this puppy of the above specified description is of pet quality. Purchaser acknowledges and agrees that this puppy will be registered by limited registration. In the event that the Purchaser does not have the puppy properly neutered/spayed, any offspring issuing from this pet-quality puppy are not eligible for registration with the ABC, AIBC, AKC, or UKC.

When to spay/neuter: Generally this should be done when the puppy has reached at least 5-6 months for a female and 6-8 months for a male. The older the dog, the more able it will be to withstand the anesthesia. There is no need to wait for a female to have her first heat cycle before she is spayed. In fact, you can avoid the problems associated with estrus by spaying her before it occurs. There is also no need to wait for the male to become sexually mature.

Why spay/neuter: Fixing your dog prevents pregnancy and the birth of unwanted puppies. It avoids the need to restrain the dog during estrus. It keeps both sexes from roaming away from your house in search of a mate. It reduces the tendency of male dogs to urinate in the house, marking his territory. Licensing fees are also cheaper. Additionally, it avoids reproductive-related problems such as tumors, pyometra, false pregnancy, prostate infections, and old-age cancers.

Why should this dog be spayed/neutered? Any puppy sold as a pet should not be bred. This is simply for the improvement and maintenance of the breeding line for Border Collies. Breeders have striven for years to select and perfect the working ability of Border Collies. They are bred not only for their high-energy levels, but their responsiveness and intelligence (which is why they have been noted as the most intelligent breed of dogs). Working Border Collies have no physical AKC-like standards with respect to color, height, etc. They are selected purely for their working abilities. Dogs are eligible for a breeding program only if they are able to reproduce either their own quality or better quality in each successive generation. Breeding is not to be done casually nor is it a money-making venture. It is not a hobby and is very time consuming and energy demanding. By demanding that this pet-quality puppy be neutered/spayed, it avoids mass-production of average quality Border Collies, controls the already overblown dog population, and improves the overall fitness of the purebred line.

This does not mean that this puppy is an inferior dog. This puppy is as capable as any of its littermates of becoming a lovable, well-trained, and perfectly happy dog. This puppy has been tested for its working abilities by exposure to sheep and the administration of a modified Jackson Memorial Lab Temperament Test (JMLTT) and evaluated for buyer placement by the administration of a Puppy Aptitude Test (PAT). This puppy's test results have simply indicated that it is better suited for pet placement than it would be for sheepdog trials or cattle dog training. Herding instinct is vital for breeding lines but not for household pets. This does not mean that this puppy will not be able to herd. At this early age it is very difficult to predict with certainty the potential working ability of any pup. Given the proper amount of love and attention, nothing should prevent this puppy from becoming an excellent companion and family member.

We the undersigned have read, understood and agree with the terms of this contract.


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