Hip & Eye Guarantee
Our puppies carry a twenty-six (26) month HIP AND EYE GUARANTEE. This covers any genetic problem which prevents the puppy from being certified by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), or the Canine Eye Registration Foundation, Inc. (CERF).
It is impossible and irresponsible to state that a puppy will be completely free of genetic imperfection. We only breed dogs certified with an OFA rating of GOOD or EXCELLENT, and CERF rating of CLEAR, to insure the best possible outcome. We research the backgrounds of the sires and dams and check any litters they may have produced. We feel that by adhering to these standards, we are reducing the risk of producing a defective pup or litter. Therefore, we offer this guarantee providing the purchaser complies with this agreement.
OFA will only certify dogs that have reached twenty-four (24) months of age; they also perform non-certified preliminary evaluations beginning at six (6) months of age. For this guarantee to be honored, the dog MUST be X-rayed and certified within two (2) months of reaching twenty-four (24) months of age.
You MUST have your puppy's eyes examined and certified by a Board Certified Canine Ophthalmologist at the time it reaches two (2) years of age.
If a problem should arise before the dog reaches the required ages stated herein, you MUST have OFA evaluate the X-rays and send you a copy of their findings. A copy of the CERF evaluation must come from a Board Certified Canine Ophthalmologist.
This GUARANTEE will be in effect and honored by Thackerville Retriever’s when the following requirements are met:
- A copy of the findings from OFA or CERF MUST be sent to us for our records.
- The dog must not have been bred.
- A letter from your vet, identifying the microchip of the dog, indicating that it has been neutered or spayed.
- Microchip information must be included in all documentation.
- All AKC/UKC paperwork must be returned.
When we have determined that a problem does exist and the dog has been neutered or spayed and has not been bred, we will either refund the purchase price of the pup, or provide you with another pup of like or similar breeding. The choice will be yours. If the price of a replacement pup is greater than the original pup purchased, you must pay the difference. You are responsible for the expense of transporting the replacement pup.