I recently purchased a purebred dog from a very reputable breeder. Both parents are AKC registered champion show dogs. Without boring you with all the details, some unfortunate circumstances caused the breeder to place all of the puppies from the litter into “pet” homes.
As expected, the breeder and I both signed her spay/neuter contract which basically required two things:
- Spay/neuter the dog between 20-24 months old
- The dog MUST be registered with the AKC within 30 days of receiving the puppy “even if it is going to a pet home”
Here’s the dilemma: I never received the AKC papers when the puppy was delivered to me (she was sent via transporter from a different state), only the health certificate required for travel. When I questioned the breeder about the papers, she said that she was waiting for the AKC to send them and would forward them to me once they arrived. Two months later, still nothing. When I inquired about them again, the breeder mentioned that she had decided not to register the pups since they were all in pet homes, won’t be shown, and won’t be bred. Honestly, I really don’t care about the papers, but I WOULD like to spay her at a year old after her first heat.
My question: Has the breeder already voided the contract because she refused to send me the required papers to register within the 30 day period? If so, does that mean I can legally spay her before 20 months old with no recourse? Just curious. I did sign the contract and will abide by it if I have to but if it is already null and void?..