Thank you for choosing to add a Gentle Giant of Tennessee puppy to your family. We want to make this as stress free and enjoyable as possible for you and your family. Please feel free to contact us at any time with any questions that you may have.
Please read the entire contract and health guarantee before putting down the NONREFUNDABLE initial payment. By placing an initial payment on a puppy, you are agreeing FULLY to the terms and conditions within this contract and guarantee.
**Please be certain that you are ready for the time commitment and financial responsibility of a puppy prior to placing the initial payment. They are NONREFUNDABLE unless something happens to the puppy of choice while in breeders care ONLY**
It will be up to Gentle Giants of Tennessee to decide when said puppy is ready to go to his/her new home. This is usually between 8 and 10 weeks and varies depending on each puppy. We will NOT for any reason allow the puppy to leave before 8 weeks or before we or our vet feel it is ready. GGOT will allow up to 7 days after the determined pick up day set by GGOT to pick up your puppy. After 7 days, we require a boarding fee of $25 per day, which will be due at the time of pick up. It is up to you to plan a head to avoid these fees.
If for any reason the buyer can no longer keep the said puppy for any reason, GGOT MUST be notified FIRST and given the first right of refusal. If Gentle Giants of Tennessee cannot accept the puppy for any reason, we will assist with the rehoming process. GGOT must receive the name and contact information for the new owners. If GGOT does accept the puppy back, transportation will be up to the owner to get the puppy back to Gentle Giants of Tennessee. All vet records and any AKC paperwork will need to be signed over and sent back with the dog. No monies will be refunded for any reason any time for returning a dog to GGOT.
If the puppy is purchased with full registration with the intent to show or to breed, WE CAN NOT AND DO NOT GUARANTEE said puppy to be of show quality or of breeding quality at the time of sale or ever. These evaluations are made once the puppy is older with the assistance from your veterinarian. Full registration must be purchased before the puppy goes home. NO MONIES FOR FULL REGISTRATION WILL BE REFUNDED FOR ANY REASON. All puppies sold on full registration will carry the name *of Gentle Giants of Tennessee. Puppies sold with full registration MUST be health tested with good scores before breeding. All certificates and documentation must be shown to GGOT. GGOT requires a minimum of PennHip, OFA heart, IMGD and color testing. Any puppy found to be bred before 18 months or with not passing scores, the health guarantee will become null and void. All other puppies purchased with limited AKC registration with have the name GGOT first. GGOT does register each puppy. A spay/neuter contract will be signed with every puppy on limited registration. NO EXCEPTIONS. Once the puppy is purchased with limited registration, GGOT will not change the registration to full for any reason. Limited Registration means the said puppy is for pet purposes only. NO BREEDING.
Any puppy purchased from Gentle Giants of Tennessee will be registered with AKC only. Said puppy will not be registered with any other registry for any reason whether purchased with full or limited AKC registration.
The breeder assumes no responsibility for any temperament issues. We at GGOT highly recommend training and socialization classes for this reason. A well-behaved Dane is a happy Dane. Danes do require basic obedience and manners training. Proper training required time, patience and consistency. Please make sure you have the proper time and means for training purposes before the puppy is purchased.
Owner/ buyer understands that Gentle Giants of Tennessee highly advises against taking your dog to places such as dog parks, doggie day care or boarding facilities. There are many accidents and illnesses that can happen resulting in emergency care, extended vet care or even death. There are plenty of options that can be available for socialization, playtime, vacations etc.
Buyers understand to not over feed said puppy and keep the puppy lean and at a healthy weight/body score. Buyers will also provide non slip surfaces for the puppy to walk and play on until at least 6 months of age. Cheap rugs work great. Furthermore, the buyer will not let the puppy slip or slide on wet surfaces such as floors, bathtubs or showers. This can cause the puppy many bone and joint issues. The buyer also will not over exercise, take on long walks, hikes or force the puppy to overexert themselves in anyway including jumping until 18 months. The buyers/owners will also agree to feed a food with proper protein, calcium and phosphorus percentages.
The said puppy is GUARANTEED to be in good health at the time of sale. The new owner will take the said puppy to the vet within 72 hours of picking up the puppy. NO EXCEPTIONS. Plan accordingly. It is your responsibility to make vet appointments. Failure to do so will null and void this guarantee. Proof of vet visit and good health must be provided along with vet information within 24 hours of the vet visit for GGOT to confirm visit and good health. Failure to do so will null and void this guarantee.
If within the first 72 hours ONLY the puppy is found to be unhealthy or unfit for sale by your vet, the puppy may be returned for a full refund. Puppy must be returned within 1 week of vet findings. Proof of vet findings must be provided before monies are refunded. Refund will be given with in 6 months. This guarantee does not cover issues caused by neglect or abuse from the buyer, minor illnesses such as colds, allergies, internal or external parasites, umbilical hernias, undescended testicles. IF there are known issues with a puppy at the time of sale, they will be disclosed by the breeder and written in the contract for the buyer.
Gentle Giants of Tennessee offers a guarantee of 2 years limited ONLY to sudden death by severe life altering illness or euthanasia due to an illness of severe life altering nature. This guarantee does NOT cover death due to an elective procedure or emergency situations such as ear cropping, spay/neuter, gastropexy, happy tail, or eye issues. We will replace said puppy with a puppy of a value equal to or less then of the original puppy. The breeder will choose the puppy. GGOT will do so within 1 year of death. Owners/buyers are required to send proof of death and a necropsy report from a licenses Veterinarian within 14 days of death. A necropsy must be completed at buyer’s expense to prove reason for death. Failure to do so will null and void this guarantee. All transportation costs will be to that of the buyer/owner.
The breeder assumes no responsibility for any illness, food or growth-related issues, or issues that can be caused by environmental factors that Great Danes as a "whole breed" are predisposed to such as but not limited to OCD/osteochondritis dissecans, HOD/Hypertropic Osteodystrophy, Pano/Panosteitis, Hip/elbow/shoulder Dysplasia, Wobblers, DCM/Dilated cardiomyopathy due to a taurine deficiency or old age, bone cancers, Bloat, arthritis, thyroid disease, Addison’s disease, anal sac impaction, epilepsy, bowel obstructions, etc. Before owning a Great Dane requires a lot of research. Owning a Great Dane then requires understanding what is good for them and understanding that there can be some major expense involved. Gentle Giants of Tennessee does not guarantee against the following after leaving the breeders home: parvo, distemper, leptospirosis, canine influenza, kennel cough or any other illness for which vaccines prevents, reproductive issues, inverted vulva, ectropian, entropian, cherry eye, haw eye, dental disease, cataracts, undescended testicles, bloat, heart murmur, any form of cancer, mange/ skin disease or disorders, hernia, internal or external parasites, ear mites, giardia or coccidia.
The owner/buyer will not feed a grain free diet unless supplemented with taurine. Grain free diets have been linked to DCM in many breeds including Great Danes. The buyer will feed a good quality food with a protein level of 25% or lower, a calcium level at or below 1% and a phosphorus level of .9% or lower. Too much calcium and phosphorus in the diet can lead to many growth-related issues such as OCD.
All continued vaccinations and medical expenses (routine or emergency) will be at the owner’s expense.
All legal matters will be handled in Putnam County, city of Cookeville in the State of Tennessee 38501. A violation of any of clause in the contract or guarantee will constitute a breach of contract. All legal fees will be the responsibility of the owner/buyer.
By signing below, I as the Buyer/Owner have read and agree with the entire health guarantee and contract above. I as the buyer/owner understand all terms and conditions stated in the health guarantee and contract above.
Gentle Giants of Tennessee Great Danes
Collar Color _____________________DOB__________________________
Spay/neuter Contract and Agreement
This agreement will be signed when purchasing a Great Dane puppy from Gentle Giants of Tennessee with limited AKC registration. (pet only) This agreement is between ___________________________________ and Sarah McClard, GGO and is legal and binding.
Permanent ownership of the said puppy is contingent upon compliance with this agreement.
The spay/neuter procedure is the full financial responsibility of the buyer, not Gentle Giants of Tennessee.
Failure to comply with this agreement and contract will be considered breach of contract. This agreement and contract shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the state of Tennessee.
The buyer will practice responsible ownership of the said puppy. A female dog will be fully separated no less than 21 days during any heat cycle before the time of altering to prevent any accidents. A male dog will be fully separated no less from all female dogs no less than 21 days.
If purchasing a Great Dane puppy as “pet only” the buyer IS required to have the said puppy spayed/neutered NO EARLIER than 12 months and NO LATER than 24 months. AKC papers will be held by Gentle Giants of Tennessee until notification of altering is received and verified. ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS. If wanting to spay/neuter closer to the twelve-month mark, an x-ray will be taken of the growth plates to ensure full closure before the procedure. The x-ray must be sent to Gentle Giants of Tennessee for verification. Gentle Giants of Tennessee will call the veterinarian office for verification the procedure has been completed. Once verification has been determined, Gentle Giants of Tennessee will then send in all AKC paperwork within 14 days of the procedure. Allow 30 days additional for AKC to process and send out registration papers.
If the said puppy is female and is found to have had a litter accidently or purposely under this agreement and contract, the buyer will return said dog and all puppies at the buyer’s expense and all physical ownership will become that of Gentle Giants of Tennessee. NO MONIES WILL BE REFUNDED. If the said puppy is male and has been found to sire any litter accidently or purposely, the dog will be returned to Gentle Giants of Tennessee at the buyer’s expense and all physical ownership will become that of Gentle Giants of Tennessee. NO MONIES WILL BE REFUNDED.
By my signature below, I_____________________________________ as the buyer agree to have the said puppy spayed/neutered with the terms listed above. I also understand and agree that this agreement and contract that the said puppy will not produce a litter of puppies accidently or purposely. I agree should the said puppy not be altered or has a litter of puppies for any reason, I will return the dog and litter to Gentle Giants of Tennessee with no refund to be given. I understand that all transportation costs will be up to me, the buyer.
All legal matters will be handled in Putnam County, city of Cookeville in the state of Tennessee 38501. A violation of any clause in the contract or guarantee will constitute a breech of contract. All legal fees will be the responsibility of the owner/buyer.
Buyer: ________________________________ Seller: Sarah McClard, GGOT
Dam__________________________________ Sire _________________________