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PURCHASING A MIDWEST MASTIFF PUPPY

Generally, we sell all of our puppies with a
limited AKC registration. At our discretion and on an individual basis, we will agree to sell a puppy with full AKC registration. All terms of a full AKC registration ageement, including price, must be made prior to purchase. All of our puppies come with AKC registration transfer papers.

The price of our puppies is $2,000 each, male or female. Occasionally, a "pick of the litter" is available. If so, the price is an additional $500. "Pick of the litter" entitles the Buyer to first choice, regardless of when they reserve. Only one "pick of the litter" is available per litter. All other reserved puppies will be chosen by the Buyers in the order the reservations are made. Reserving a puppy requires a deposit of $500. Sorry, but no reservations will be accepted until the puppies are at least two weeks old. This usually gives us ample time to evaluate each puppy to determine its health and stability.

We will be happy to put your name on a waiting list to keep you up to date as things progress and notify you when we start the reservation process. We don't use an application form and don’t accept deposits ahead of time. You don’t need to do anything but ask to be added to our waiting list.  We don’t place our pups first come first serve. We normally have many more on the list than we have pups, so we evaluate each prospective buyer on an individual basis and make our sections based on who we believe can and will provide the best home for our pups. The long term welfare of the pups is of utmost importance to us. We reserve the right to arrange the order of the waiting list as we see fit, and ultimately, the decision to who will have an opportunity to get a puppy is ours.

Once the pups are a couple weeks old and we know what we have, we complete our evaluation of prospective buyers and start making contact with them based on what they are looking for and what we have available. Once you have been selected for a puppy, you will be able to place a deposit to reserve him/her. If at all possible, we let the buyers pick their own puppy. It all depends on what we have available and where you end up on the list. If it comes to the point that there is only one puppy left available and decide that you don’t want him/her, you are under no obligation. That’s one of the reasons we don’t take deposits ahead of time.
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Any information you provide to us about yourself and family, and the living conditions you will be providing for your new pup, is always a help in our evaluation process. Any information helps, such as prior experience with pets or maybe experience with giant breed dogs, will the dog be living inside or outside?, fenced yard or play area?, etc. Also, if you check in with us from time to time it lets us know you’re still interested and helps with the evaluation process.

Under most circumstances deposits are non-refundable.


Breeders Responsibilities

The Breeder agrees to provide the new owner(s) after full payment with the following:

1) A signed AKC (limited) registration/transfer form.
2) Record of vaccinations and de-worming to date.
3) A Purchase Agreement signed by both Breeder and Buyer.


Buyer's Responsibilities


Buyer, at Buyer’s expense, agrees to have the puppy examined by a licensed veterinarian of Buyer’s choice within five days of date of purchase. If the veterinarian detects a genetic or congenital health problem within that period, the Breeder will supply a full refund of purchase price, or a replacement puppy of equal value, if one is available, upon the return of puppy and registration papers. Buyer must provide a written statement from the examining veterinarian detailing the health problem. If the Buyer fails to take the puppy to be examined by a licensed veterinarian within five days of purchase, or if the Buyer decides to keep the puppy after discovering a problem, the Breeder will not be responsible for any future veterinary costs incurred. The Breeder reserves the right to have the puppy examined by a veterinarian of the Breeder's choice, at the Breeder's expense, for a second opinion.

The Buyer agrees to treat this dog as a household pet and to give proper love and care at all times. The buyer further agrees to provide veterinary care when necessary for the life of the dog and that this dog will never at any time be trained, or used as an attack or fighting dog. The Buyer agrees to take good and reasonable care of the dog, i.e. properly feed, house, socialize, and control the dog properly to avoid loss. If the Buyer desires to register the dog with the AKC (American Kennel Club), the Breeder’s kennel name, Midwest's, shall be used as a prefix in the registered name. Buyer agrees to not use this dog for breeding of any kind, including stud service, if a male. The Buyer also agrees to return the dog to the Breeder should they ever need to give up ownership of the dog for any reason. If the Buyer fails to follow any of the above stated conditions, Breeder retains full option and right to reclaim the dog at the Buyer’s expense. In the event the dog is reclaimed by the Breeder, the Breeder will refund any monies received if the dog is re-homed, minus any expenses incurred by the Breeder.



Payment

We accept cash, cashiers check from a US bank, personal check, US Postal money order, or PayPal. We will not be able to let your puppy go until your personal check clears our bank. If coming to personally pick up your puppy, please prepay with PayPal, bring cash, US Bank cashiers check or US Postal money order (Sorry, but this has been a lesson we have learned the hard way). If you have any other questions regarding payment, please contact us.

We accept Credit Cards using PayPal.
Sorry, we can only accept PayPal payments from members who have a confirmed address.

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MIDWEST MASTIFFS PUPPY PURCHASE GUARANTEE

All of our puppies are guaranteed to be AKC purebred.


Health Guarantees

At the time of sale, Breeder believes the puppy is a parasite-free, healthy, sound, quality puppy that is up-to-date on all vaccinations. Puppy's health is guaranteed for five days after pick-up or shipment. Breeder does not guarantee against Parvo, Coronavirus, Coccidiosis or Giardia after five days of purchase.

The Breeder guarantees puppy against moderate to severe bilateral genetic hip dysplasia until the age of 24 months. Breeder also guarantees puppy against moderate to severe genetic elbow dysplasia and severe forms of Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD) until the age of 24 months. Buyer does not guarantee against mild DJD (grade 1) since it can be acquired by jumping, heavy roughhousing, batting heavy objects and balls around, etc., and generally does not affect the quality of life of the dog. Guarantee does not include dysplasia from, but not limited to the following: poor nutrition, over supplementation, mistreatment, trauma, injury from jumping or falling, or accidents not in the Breeder's control. Should moderate to severe dysplasia be diagnosed by a licensed veterinarian, and an OFA or Penn Hip rating report be supplied to the Breeder, the Breeder will offer the following options to the Buyer:

a) The Buyer may return the puppy and registration papers to the Breeder and the Breeder will replace the puppy with another equal quality puppy when one becomes available. The puppy may remain unaltered at the discretion of the Breeder.

b) The Buyer may decide to keep the puppy if they so wish, thus assuming all future medical bills and potential problems. However, as compensation the Breeder will refund one third of the buyers original purchase price.

The Breeder reserves the right to seek a second opinion by a veterinarian of choice. If any disputes arise as to the cause or validity of the defect, both parties agree to select a third mutually agreed upon veterinarian specialist in the diagnosed problem to resolve the dispute. All expenses incurred for such specialist consultation will be split evenly between the Buyer and Breeder.

Recognizing the unique nutritional requirement of the breed, this guarantee shall be null and void if the dog has been given calcium or vitamin supplementation of any kind that has not been first agreed upon between Breeder and Buyer in writing, even if recommended by a veterinarian.

Guarantee is strictly limited to the above mentioned conditions.


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TRANSPORTATION

We would love to have you come pick your puppy up. Make sure you come prepared to travel with such a large puppy. A medium to large size kennel is appropriate, depending on the age and weight of your puppy. These big guys can leave really big piles, so bring lots of newspapers, paper towels and plastic sacks for disposal. They drink very often and also need plenty of water. The puppy will come with a collar, but a leash will be needed for bathroom breaks or exercise along the way. Mastiff puppies do travel very well and do not seem to get as stressed as other breeds.

If possible, we can try to arrange to meet the buyer at a half way point to transfer the puppy. If you would be interested in this, contact us to see if arrangements can be worked out.


Air Transportation

Although we highly encourage you to come and pick up your puppy personally, we understand that this is not always possible. Therefore, Air transportation is available at the Buyer's expense. The cost varies, depending on destination, age of puppy and carrier size, but $400 is a good ballpark number for U.S. Continental destinations. We fly out of the Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, MO.
    
NOTE! As of November 15th 2010, American Airlines will no longer accept mastiffs for shipping, either in cargo or in-cabin. Therfore, finding a carrier with non-stop flights out of St. Louis to your destination may be a problem.

We recommend you bring newspapers, paper towels and a spray cleaner to clean the carrier upon arrival. Baby wipes work great for cleaning off any mess on the puppy. It makes your trip home with your new puppy a much more pleasant smelling experience. These big pups can really make a mess during flight and the airport officials are not allowed to open the carriers to clean them.