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Sample Adoption Agreement

Total Adoption fee is $__________; $_______ deposit received, with $_________due at 8 weeks old and/or pick-up day, whichever comes first.  The following conditions apply and must be agreed to:


1.  BREED: The breeder deems the puppy identified in this contract as a premium purebred Miniature Australian Shepherd or crossbred AussieDoodle.   


2.  YOUR PUPPY: The breeder will estimate the size, drive/personality, coat color, eye color, etc. as accurately as possible, but because there are so many factors involved in their growth and development from puppy to adulthood, including phenotypes and other genetics, in addition to the environmental effects once puppy leaves, the breeder cannot 100% guarantee any specific traits. 


3.  1ST VET VISIT: You have 4 weeks from the date of adoption (pick-up date) to take your puppy in for its first/initial vet visit, or SOONER, especially if you suspect a problem.  If you fail to do so, your health guarantee may be void.  ______ (Initial)


4.  5 YEAR HEALTH GUARANTEE: This puppy is certified as being in good health at the time of the sale/adoption and comes with a comprehensive health guarantee. Within the first 5 years of life, if the adopter’s licensed veterinarian finds a life threatening, incurable disease, or other congenital health problem the Breeder must be informed Immediately OR with-in 7 days of diagnosis. A written report from the vet that examined/diagnosed the puppy/adult dog must be obtained and provided. The breeders’s licensed vet shall be allowed to examine the puppy.  A new puppy will be provided at no additional cost. The affected dog/puppy may be kept or returned to the breeder. (This Guarantee ALSO includes the six genetic conditions on page 4 of this contract.)  (The Health Guarantee EXCLUDES common puppy issues such as coccidiosis, mange, giardia, worms, distemper, parvo, etc.)


5. VACCINES & WORMING: Your puppy has been dewormed several times since birth. They will have received at least ONE initial COMBO 5 in 1 immunization.  Veterinarians in different areas may recommend a slightly different vaccine schedule. Please be aware that vet’s have been known to over vaccinate animals. The optimum recommended schedule, as supported by the American Kennel Club, is the 5-way Combo Booster (Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2 (CAV-2, CAV-1), Parainfluenza and Parvovirus Vaccine) at 8 wks, 12 wks, & 16 wks, with Rabies also being given at 16 wks.  Then an additional booster of each at 1 year old. They may recommend additional immunizations based on the area that you live in. Use care and know exactly what the purpose, advantage & disadvantage, of any additional recommended immunizations .  We, as the Breeders, do give our own vaccines and worming to our puppies.  We are supervised by a vet that comes out to the farm for all our animals. We use Vet approved/provided vaccines and worming meds as needed. Please refer to the specific shot record you receive when you pick up your puppy. Let us know ASAP if you would like us to NOT give your puppy their first vaccine (ie you have an appointment scheduled with your vet shortly after pick-up for his/her first vaccine.) ______(Initial)


6. FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Adopter is financially responsible for all medical care (ex. office visits, deworming, vaccines, illness and any other treatment required) once the guardian picks-up/receives the puppy/adult dog. The health and well-being of your dog depends on the quality of care it is given. It is important to take your dog to the vet on a regular basis. You are responsible for any and all medical treatment the dog requires.  The best practice is to always err on the side of caution.  If your dog/puppy is not eating normally, is vomiting, has diarrhea, is sleeping more than usual, or has any other sort of odd behavior, take them into the vet ASAP!  Please don’t wait a few days to see if they improve.  Early treatment is critical to a positive outcome.  Adopter agrees that they are financially secure and able to afford the proper care for this puppy/dog.______(Initial)


7. CARE OF YOUR PUPPY: This adoption agreement is to provide assurance that all Bline’s Awesome Aussie Dogs will thrive in their loving home, which is intended to be their forever home. As such, the Adopter agrees to give full and proper care to this dog. The Adopter agrees to care for this puppy/dog in a responsible manner to include adherence to:

  • Microchip: It is recommended you have your puppy Micro-Chipped as soon as possible.  Check for a local low-cost Clinic at:   Breeder is to be listed as a secondary contact on your micro-chip registration.

  • Emergency Health Plan: It is recommended you look into the purchase of a health plan from your local veterinarian or on-line insurance companies, as puppies are famous for getting into things that are dangerous. 

  • Feeding Program: The Adopter agrees to feed a quality meat & quality grain (NO CORN) based dog food. See “What Should I Feed My Dog” page of your take home folder. New research shows that a complete lack of grains in a dogs diet over a lifetime is not natural and 

some have been shown to have premature heart conditions in their latter years.  If you plan to feed a raw meat diet, make sure to supplement with some veggies and whole grains.

  • Heartworm/Flea Treatment: The Adopter agrees to adhere to heartworm and flea treatment monthly. DO NOT USE Any Product Containing IVERMECTIN (Such as HeartGuard) 

We are currently using Simparica TRIO, however, this is a fairly new product so we havn’t been using it very long.  All puppies leave here with a topical flea/tic treatment of Advantix which lasts about 30 days.    ______(Initial)

  • Exercise/Physical Health:  Provide adequate exercise for the dog on a regular basis.  

  • Training:  Adopter agrees to train the dog to basic standards which includes Basic Obedience.  They should learn to sit and ‘look’ (make eye contact with you.) They should have good recall, meaning they come when you call their name.  They should allow you to roll them over on their backs for tummy rubs, and feet/mouth handling. They shall be properly socialized around other dogs, people and places. We highly recommend finding an AKC Canine Good Citizenship class for your puppy after he/she is 6-8mo of age, Petco has trainers that run these sometimes.                ______(Initial)

  • Socialization:  The Adopter agrees and understands that the first 4-6 months are THE most crucial time to properly SOCIALIZE your puppy.  The adopter understands that reading material will be provided on paper at the time of puppy pick-up, in addition to also being available on the puppy information page of our website:  

Adopter agrees to read, review and APPLY all information provided in the Take Home Folder and/or on the Website._______(Initial)  

  • Supervision: The Adopter shall at all times keep their dog under close supervision and maintain under physical control at all times.

  • Grooming: Keep the dog well‐groomed at all times. The dog will need regular brushing to help keep the coat from matting. You will need to utilize a professional groomer:

Aussies: Every 6 to 12mo. to keep the coat well maintained and healthy. If a haircut is necessary, a coat length of about 1 inch (the ‘puppy’ cut) is a manageable common length for most people.

Doodles/Poodles:  Every 6 to 8 weeks to keep the hair short as it never stops growing.    


8.  SPAY/NEUTER: Adopter agrees to spay or neuter this puppy by, or before, 15 months of age, and absolutely no earlier than 6 months of age.  Prime time for neutering males is between 7-10mo.  Prime time for spaying females is between 9-13mo.  This does not apply if Breeding Rights are granted.


9.  RE-HOMING: If for any reason the Adopter is no longer willing, or able, to properly care for this puppy/dog, then the breeder requests that he/she be returned to Bline’s Awesome Aussies, whereby they may either keep him/her or find him/her a very carefully screened new home.  No refund shall be made for any fees paid.  Adopter agrees that under NO circumstances will the puppy be placed in a pound, shelter, or given to a rescue without first contacting the Breeder. ______(Initial) 


10. UPDATED PHOTOS TO BREEDER: It is requested that you send updates & pics periodically (at least on their first days at home, at 6 mo. & 1 year) throughText, E-mail, Facebook or Instagram so that we can be assured that all is well and to see how they matured!  


11. POST A REVIEW: If you are happy with your puppy experience, please E-Mail or Post a review on: Facebook:,

Yelp:, GoodDog:  or send one to us that we can post for you.  We don’t have many reviews so far, other than just verbal, so we’d REALLY appreciate your taking the time to do this. If you were not happy with your puppy experience please let us know how we can improve. Thank you for taking the time to give us this valuable information!                     


12.  ADOPTION AGREEMENT: If the adopter breaches any part of this contract, then the breeder can repossess the puppy without reimbursement to any others involved.


This contract shall be signed and adhered to by both adopter and breeder for the well-being of this puppy and the Miniature Australian Shepherd breed in general. 


Breeder: ___________________________________________ Date: __________________


Adopter: ___________________________________________Date:__________________


Cleared Genetic DNA by Parentage - 5 Year Genetic Health Guarantee

If a licensed veterinarian diagnoses a life threatening, incurable disease, or other congenital health problem OR your dog is found to be AFFECTED (carrier of 2 copies of the same gene) on any of the genetic tests below, the adopter has the following options after following the Breeders Verified Proof of Testing Requirements: 

1. The puppy/adult dog may be returned to the seller and replaced with a new puppy (within 5 years of age). 

2. Puppy/Dog may be kept and a new puppy will be provided at no additional cost.


Cone Degeneration

Aliases: Achromatopsia, Day blindness, Hemeralopia, Rod monochromacy, CD


Degenerative Myelopathy

Aliases: Canine degenerative myelopathy, DM


Hereditary Cataracts (Australian Shepherd Type)

Aliases: Early onset cataracts, Juvenile cataracts, HC, HSF4, JC


Multifocal Retinopathy 1

Aliases: Canine multifocal retinopathy 1, CMR1


Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis 6

Aliases: Amaurotic idiocy, Batten disease, NCL, NCL6


Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Progressive Rod-Cone Degeneration



* MDR1 (Multidrug Resistance Mutation).* See handout provided on MDR1 pre-cautions.  Your puppy SHOULD test Negative OR Carrier/Not Affected for this gene, HOWEVER, they could STILL have unknown severe allergic reactions to certain medications, such as IVERMECTIN (or HeartGuard).  It is recommended that you and your veterinarian maintain this caution and be vigilant at all times with your Australian Shepherds in regards to what medications are the safest for your fur baby, even with a negative test result, they may still be at risk.  Anaphylactic shock happens quickly and can be lethal if emergency veterinary care is not provided immediately.



AKC Recommended Vaccine Schedule



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