QUOTE(Catsfriend @ Mar 1 2012, 12:32 PM) [snapback]15979[/snapback]
Thank you for your answer, bruisergirl. I found and recently participated in a very long discussion on this topic at the "dogzonline" forum (it goes over dozens of pages, under the heading "Desexing contracts") and found out that what you do is quite common. Common yes but whether it is really effective or enforced is up for debate.Some breeders will and do let contracts slide when they can't afford to enforce or don't really care about enforcing it. Sad but true. The answer to my question, which I found there, was not to my liking, but we must live with it. I hoped early desexing would be just as easy, safe and unproblematic as for kittens, but it is obviously not. Studies were cited that it leads to up to 70% increase of hip dysplasia (particularly in large dogs as mine), adverse reactions to vaccinations in about 30% and, indeed, lots of urinary problems, just to name a few issues connected with early desexing. So, I am afraid that very thorough vetting of buyers and making sure that they take contracts seriously is the only way to go.
The best advice given there was: Keep the contract short, clear and easy to understand - and state to each point which penalty will apply if the condition is not met. For example: If no proof of desexing is submitted to the breeder by the age of 16 months, the buyer has to pay another $600 to this account .... Or: If breeding activity is proven from this dog (e.g. by published sales ads for puppies) all the payments received for puppies must be donated to the RSPCA and the bitch must be returned to the breeder .... Or, as a positive incentive instead of a punishment: The breeder agrees to cover 50% of the desexing cost if the surgery is done within 12 months after purchase; if not, this offer forfeits. Those are some interesting ideas. Frankly if you breed a dog out of my kennel that was on a spay/neuter contract and I have proof you have done it the dog is taken, fixed, and returned to the owner along with a bill for the cost of the surgery and my expenses on the dog while it was in my care. A bitch if found with a litter will be taken, altered, all of the puppies homed and altered by me and the mother returned if the owner wishes but the bill for the bitches' and litters' care will still be sent regardless of if they want the dog back. If she is found pregnant the litter is aborted. That system seems pretty straightforward and clear to me as well as fair.
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