Hannibal Guarantee

Temperament Guarantee

The dog is unconditionally guaranteed by the breeder to have, throughout his/her life, the sweet disposition towards humans that is the hallmark of the breed.

If the dog is found to have a temperament problem at any time, he/she will be replaced by a pup from a litter of the purchaser's choosing. The replacement dog will have a guarantee at least as good as that of the original dog.

For replacement, the original dog must be returned to the breeder with all the necessary papers signed as soon as practical.

Soundness Guarantee

The dog (described in the original contract) is guaranteed until he/she is six years of age against all genetic and congenital defects that would render him/her functionally unsound. Functionally unsound means that the dog has a physical problem that impairs his/her ability to function as a normal healthy pet and/or of doing the traditional work of a Newfoundland, i.e. draft and water rescue work. Should such a problem arise, it is the responsibility of the purchaser to notify the breeder as soon as possible and within the period of the guarantee.

If the dog is found to be functionally unsound before the end of the guarantee period, he/she will be replaced by a pup from a litter of the purchaser's choosing. The replacement dog will have a guarantee at least as good as that of the original dog. Not covered are injuries such as a ruptured cruciate ligament.

The breeder will not require return of the original dog unless circumstances warrant.

The purchaser is responsible for providing proper care for the dog, especially for diet and kennelling as per the breeder’s instructions. Failure to follow the breeder’s instructions for the care and management of the dog will result in voiding of this part of the guarantee. Receipts for the feed or other proof of meeting the dietary requirement must be provided on request. Changing the base food and/or giving supplements without the consent of the breeder will void this part of the guarantee. A list of currently acceptable foods is available from the breeder; other foods may be added to the list from time to time by the breeder.

This portion of the guarantee will be voided if the dog is neutered/spayed before 18 months of age unless done with the breeder’s agreement. Females that have had their first heat will normally be permitted by the breeder to be spayed if at least 14 months of age.

Minimum Life Expectancy Guarantee

The dog (described above) is guaranteed to live a minimum of 12 years if fed a base food exclusively from the A List of the Hannibal Kennels Approved Food List or a minimum of 10 years if fed a base food from the B List (or from a combination of A and B Lists) of the Hannibal Kennels Approved Food List unless death is caused by a preventable cause or if the purchaser did not follow the diet and other management instructions of the breeder. Failure to follow the breeder’s instructions for the care and management of the dog will result in voiding of this part of the guarantee. Receipts for the feed or other proof of meeting the dietary requirement must be provided on request Changing the base food and/or giving supplements without the consent of the breeder will void this part of the guarantee. A list of currently acceptable foods is available from the breeder; other foods may be added to the list from time to time by the breeder.

Preventable causes of death include but are not limited to:

  • accidents (eg. motor vehicle accidents)
  • poisoning (deliberate or accidental)
  • attack by an animal or person
  • lack of recommended preventive veterinary care

If the dog dies before the applicable guaranteed age from a non-preventable cause, the breeder will credit the purchaser with a pro-rated discount on the purchase of a subsequent dog.

General

If the purchaser is unable/unwilling to keep/care for the dog for any reason, the dog is to be returned to the breeder with all necessary papers signed. If the dog has been cared for up to the date of return according to the breeder’s instructions, the breeder will credit the purchaser with a pro-rated discount on the purchase of a dog at a later time.