But, cautions The Early Show's resident veterinarian, Debbye Turner, not just any breeder. It's as important to choose the right breeder as it is to choose the right dog, Turner says. And she has tips on finding a good one.
The first thing to do is ask your veterinarian, groomers, boarding kennels, and other pet owners who the reputable breeders are in your area. You could also try the local kennel club.
By all means, Turner says, do your homework. Know something about the breed you're interested in.
Visit the breeder's home or kennel. The premises should be clean and smell good. Avoid breeders who have large numbers of dogs and puppies kept in kennels or runs. This could be a puppy mill masquerading as a breeder.
Ask to see the whole litter and at least one of the parents. The animals should look healthy and well-fed, with no runny eyes or noses. The puppies or kittens should be sociable and outgoing. They shouldn't appear to be afraid of the breeder.
Ask lots of questions.
Turner says a good breeder should:
- Be very knowledgable about the breed. The breeder should know all the standards of the breed, the temperament of the breed, and should patiently answer all your questions.
- Ask you several questions about yourself, your lifestyle, and your family situation. The breeder may ask to meet your entire family. Good breeders want to make sure their animals are placed in loving, responsible homes. They will go to great lengths to ensure this.
- Be concerned about the animal for a lifetime. They may ask you to sign a contract, specifying your responsibility in taking good care of your new dog. Expect a good breeder to follow up on how the animal is doing, even after you've taken the pet home. Answer questions, even after you've taken the pet home.
- Keep puppies or kittens until they're at least 6 weeks old. (Actually, 8 to 12 weeks is preferable.)
- Provide references. A good breeder will provide as many references as you ask for, willingly. It's also a good idea to ask for a veterinary reference, too.
- Provide lots of information. They should provide all the needed information to register your dog with a breed club like the American Kennel Club or Cat Fancier's Association. Plus, they should provide information about raising, training, feeding and proper veterinary care.
- What is the breeder's history and experience? You want to know how long the breeder has been breeding this particular breed. And is the breeder a member of a breed club?
- Health history of the puppies and parents. Ask whether the parents been screened for typical diseases associated with their breed. Also ask what genetic diseases are prevalent in the breed. Plus, are the parents registered with the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)? Have the puppies/kittens had their first round of vaccinations? Which ones? De-worming?
- The temperament and characteristics of the breed. The breeder should be able to rattle off the typical characteristics of the breed, what type of family situation is best for this breed, whether the breed is good with small children, the elderly, etc.
- Return/refund policies. The breeder should be willing to replace the puppy or kitten, or refund your money if any genetically-linked illness occurs at any time during the animal's life, or if the animal gets sick and dies soon after coming home with you. If, for any reason, you are not able to keep your pet, a good breeder will gladly take the pet back or help you find a new owner.
Turner also points out that purebred "papers" do not guarantee the health and longevity of the animal. This should not be the only standard you use to pick a dog.
A "USDA Inspected" breeder does mean good breeder, Turner points out. The USDA certification requires adherence to minimum standards, based on the Animal Welfare Act. The standards are largely intended for commercial breeding.
Your local shelter is also a good place to find a purebred dog. According to the Humane Society of the United States, 25 percent of dogs in shelters are purebred.
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Condo Assignment FAQ's
1. What is an assignment?
An assignment is essentially a sale of a contract or right to acquire property. An assignment is a transaction whereby the original purchaser (the "Assignor") of a property sells, and thereby transfers, their interest and obligations under the original contract to a new purchaser (the "Assignee"). The Assignee will generally assume all of the Assignor's duties and obligations under the original Agreement of Purchase and Sale. These rights and obligations are stated in the original Agreement of Purchase and Sale and include terms such as interest payments, taxes and maintenance fees during interim occupancy. Upon completion, the Assignee is granted the title to the real property and will incur all final closing costs.
a) Assignor: An Assignor is the original buyer of the unit from the Builder/Developer.
b) Assignee: An Assignee is the buyer of the Agreement of Purchase and Sale from the Assignor.
2. Can an Agreement of Purchase and Sale, involving any type of real estate transaction, be assigned?
Under normal circumstances, any Agreement of Purchase and Sale can be assigned providing that that agreement doesn’t prohibit assignments.
3. Is an assignment legal?
An assignment is legally permitted unless otherwise expressly prohibited in writing in the original Agreement of Purchase and Sale. An assignment fee may be charged by the developer and is normally a cost borne by the Assignor (the original purchaser).
4. Is it necessary to get permission from the Seller/Developer to assign the Agreement of Purchase and Sale?
You need to consult the Agreement of Purchase and Sale. Generally, Developers will not permit assignments without the
Developer’s consent, therefore every situation requires consultation with the Developer and your lawyer. Please note, there
have been incidents where an unauthorized assignment has resulted in termination of the original agreement and the
withholding of the deposit.
5. Will the Assignor’s or Assignee’s lawyer’s services be adequate?
It is essential that the Assignor and Assignee each retain a lawyer with expertise in this area of real estate.
6. Can the Assignor’s REALTOR® market on the MLS?
It all depends on whether the developer permits advertising of the assignment. Refer to the original Agreement of Purchase and Sale to see if there are any prohibitions against listing the assignment or consult the Developer (Most Agreements of Purchase and Sale contain such a prohibition).
7. What if the construction, occupancy, closing, or unit transfer date is delayed?
In the event of a delay, the assignment is still valid: the Assignee has agreed to take on their agreement and all
responsibilities involved in it.
8. What if the Assignee doesn't close?
This is no different than in any sale. The Assignor in most cases is not released from the obligations under the Agreement of Purchase and Sale. Accordingly, both the Assignor and Assignee will be liable.
COSTS AND FINANCING QUESTIONS
9. What is the cost of assigning an Agreement of Purchase and Sale?
If the Developer consents to an assignment, there will generally be an administration fee and legal fees. These fees will
vary. Consult the original Agreement of Purchase and Sale and the Developer.
10. How does the REALTOR® deal with financing in Forms 145 and 150?
A standard financing clause may be used.
11. When does the Assignor get their money?
In an assignment, depending on the closing date and the terms of the assignment agreement that Assignor and Assignee
agreed on, the Assignor is usually paid when:
a) the Assignee gets possession or occupancy or,
b) when the original seller approves the assignment, if applicable or,
c) when the Assignee obtains legal title.
12. Who gets the interest, if any, payable by the Builder on the original deposits?
Unless otherwise specified, the interest is likely to be paid to the Assignor.
13. What closing fees are payable?
See the Condominium Assignment Basic Guidelines, found on the last page of this document.
14. Who pays the interim occupancy costs?
Once assignment is finalized, the Assignee will typically pay occupancy costs through to the final closing and will pay the
final closing costs unless specifically negotiated otherwise.
15. Does the Assignor have to claim Capital Gains for tax purposes?
Clause 10 of Form 150 addresses capital gains for non-residents.
Whether a resident or non-resident, the Assignor should discuss this question with a tax advisor.
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