Colorado Mountain Dog Guarantee
Our farm strives to breed puppies that will live long, full lives. With that in mind, all of our Colorado Mountain Dog breeding females and studs are vet checked and OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, Inc.) certified. In addition, each puppy is fully vet checked, MICRO CHIPPED, and receives his or her 1st shots before leaving Ten Talents Farm (TTF), and is guaranteed to be free of any contagious life threatening disease or illness for three days from date of pick up. This puppy is also guaranteed for two years from date of birth (DoB) to be free of hip dysplasia and to be free of congenital problems (as opposed to genetic predispositions) for one year provided the following conditions are met:
The puppy must be EXAMINED BY A LICENSED VETERINARIAN within three weeks of date of sale, and all immunizations given on schedule. Puppies should not be exposed to other dogs until fully immunized. Rabies can be given at 3 months.
The puppy must NOT BE SPAYED/NEUTERED UNTIL AT LEAST ONE YEAR OLD. This allows bones, muscles, and ligaments to fully develop and helps prevent future joint injuries/problems. The puppy must also be fed a high quality puppy food for the first 6 months of life, preferably one for large breed puppies.
If a serious health problem is suspected, buyer may either TREAT THE PUPPY AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE OR RETURN THE PUPPY to TTF to determine the course of action. Either way, vet receipts, vet diagnosis and suggested treatment plan must be sent to TTF. Buyer must also authorize TTF to speak with the examining veterinarian. Resolution can take up to one year.
Upon return of any puppy, it will be examined fully by TTF’s veterinarian who will confirm, or not confirm, the diagnosis of buyer’s veterinarian. Should a discrepancy between veterinarian visits occur, a third veterinarian will be consulted. At any time in this process, TTF may choose to just replace the puppy. Should that be the decision, the buyer will be provided with another puppy of the same sex, quality, and value within one year. Cash refunds are generally not given regardless of circumstances.
If ANY PROBLEM ARISES, whether in health or temperament, buyer agrees to CONTACT TTF FIRST FOR RESOLUTION, and never consider a law suit against TTF. Under no circumstances will the buyer publicize any damaging information about TTF, nor will TTF misrepresent the truth about any dog or person. This includes broadcasting negative opinions and information on Facebook or any social media that could damage TTF’s reputation.
The buyer is responsible for providing adequate shelter, proper diet, and necessary health care which includes vaccinations, worming, and routine veterinary care. This includes any tests or x-rays the buyer feels are necessary to provide proper care for their pup.
This GUARANTEE DOES NOT COVER: 1) Random health problems that occasionally come up in the normal course of life 2) Accidental injury or those caused by neglect on the part of the buyer 3) Any problems that may be caused by environmental factors or human error 4) Genetic predispositions which are not truly hereditary but sometimes show up in certain breeds (cancer would be one of these, but so far we have never had a case). Pannus, an eye disease that is more common in Colorado than other parts of the country due to our strong UV rays, is another (use dog goggles when outside in bright sun and snow for extended periods). 6) Knee Problems: No vet or organization will certify knees. Your puppy’s first vet check includes checking the integrity of the back legs but structural problems, especially knees, are not uncommon is large breed dogs. Please check around your home for holes that could cause injury, and please be sure to inform us of any health concern that may arise in your pup or adult dog so we can continue to improve our breeding program. 7) Some vets recommend tacking your dog's stomach up so it can not flip in their large chest cavity and possibly cause death. While this can happen in large breed canines, we have not seen it and it is not hereditary.
There is no guarantee concerning your puppy’s temperament, trainability, size, color, or worthiness. We highly recommend that you attend puppy obedience classes and learn puppy training techniques. The temperament of your puppy will be based largely upon your ability to properly socialize and train him/her. Training teaches your dog that you are in charge and is absolutely necessary!
There is NO GUARANTEE THAT THIS DOG CAN BE REGISTERED AS A COLORADO MOUNTAIN DOG BREEDER. All potential breeders are reviewed by the CMDA board to evaluate temperament and guarding ability, plus the dog must be health checked at two years old and OFA certified. In addition, a ONE-TIME BREEDER FEE will be charged by TTF equaling the original purchase price of the dog (minimum of $700).
If you find that your circumstances make it so you cannot keep your dog and need to place it elsewhere, we are always willing to allow any of our dogs to come back to our farm. This does not mean that we will refund your purchase price as it generally takes us two to three months to correct/augment basic training, make certain he/she is still functioning as a good livestock guaradian, and bring all immunizations up to date (if necessary). We will do our best though to find him/her a good home.