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This agreement contains our health guarantee and other useful information. We cannot urge you strongly enough to keep in touch with us regarding the growth and development of your new puppy.  While Veterinarians are useful in many areas of a dogs life, the Breeder has the experience with the growth, health, and development issues specific to the German Shepherd Dog.  The German Shepherd Dog is unique, and as such, has unique growth patterns and health issues that many vets are not familiar with.  Because of this, we have certain vets that we recommend who are familiar with the German Shepherds Dogs and their growth.


The AKC registered name has already been chosen by the breeder and placed on the AKC registration application.  The buyer may choose any “Call Name” they wish, but is not to attempt to change the registered name given by the Breeder.  If the Breeder has not provided a registered name, you may register your dog with a registered name of your choice (Please be prepared to provide the registered name at the time of delivery).  The buyer must provide the seller at time of delivery, $35 cash for AKC registration and Von Moyer Haus will complete all litter registration to the new owners online and the new owners will receive a email and hard copy in the mail with the certificate.  If Von Moyer Haus decides to keep a puppy from the litter, they will have first choice.  All picks will be done in the order of deposits after Von Moyer Haus picks there puppy. NO EXCEPTIONS.  IF THE PUPPY/DOG CANNOT BE KEPT FOR ANY REASON, THE PUPPY/DOG WILL BE RETURNED TO THE BREEDER.

Health Guarantee


We guarantee 100% against life threatening genetic health defects.  This is for the life of your puppy. It is recommended that the buyer have the puppy examined by a licensed veterinarian within 2 business days of the purchase date.  Should the puppy be found to have a serious genetic or health defect, the breeder is to be contacted within 8 hours of diagnosis, so arrangements can be made for return of the said puppy within 7 days if the buyer would like to return the puppy.  Upon return of the defective puppy, along with written diagnosis signed by a licensed vet. The buyer can request a replacement puppy of equal value.  The breeder is not responsible for the vet bill.  Puppies that become sick or die due to an accident or buyers negligence (chewing electrical cords, hung by collar, exposing the puppy to strange dogs not living in the home before fully vaccinated, etc.) will not be replaced or refunded.

We only breed 1-3 litters per year – a replacement puppy may not be immediately available.


Buyer agrees to maintain the puppy’s health with regular veterinary care, vaccinations and worming, heartworm preventative, and to provide a caring home and adequate shelter.  The puppy is not the be tied, chained or otherwise tethered; nor allowed to roam free, except while on a leash or under the direct supervision and control of the owner.  If the puppy is ever discovered living in such manner, the breeder will repossess the dog.  NO REFUND WILL BE GIVEN!!!!!!


Male Puppies


If a male puppy does not have both his testicles on delivery, the puppy will be sold as a PET.   If the puppy does not drop both testicles by the time he is 1 year of age, it would be recommended that you have him neutered.


Because all dogs mature at different rates, it is impossible to determine if a puppy has both testicles, or if both testicles will “Drop” as the puppy matures.  We make every effort to ensure the genetic “Soundness” of our dogs.  However, no genetic issue is exact. Von Moyer Haus German Shepherds cannot guarantee that a puppy who’s testicles have not “Dropped” by the time of delivery will have both testicles.  Von Moyer Haus German Shepherds assumes no responsibility or liability in this matter, making it the sole responsibility of the buyer.




Attached to this contract will be a copy of the early spay/neuter contract.  If any dog is spayed or neutered before the age of 1.5 years, this contract is voided.  There will be no refunds or replacements of any puppies.  We encourage not to spay/neuter the puppies before 1 year due to the fact that the puppies need to be intact to develop properly.  Vets will recommend doing this around 6 months old.  DO NOT LET THEM TALK YOU INTO IT….  If a puppy is spayed or neutered before the age of 1, we require you to get a copy of the certificate and forward it to us.


Shots & Worming


Your puppy has been started on a parasite and worming program from the time it was 3 weeks old, and on a shot regimen between 7-8 weeks old.  You will be provided a list of shots your puppy has received along with a list of shots your puppy needs.  You will also be given a list of the dates and type of worming your puppy has already had with the schedule of future worming.


Ear Management


Immediately contact the breeder if the puppy’s ears are not fully standing at the age of 6 months.  It is the buyer’s responsibility to have the puppy’s ears taped by a licensed veterinarian.  In addition to taping, the breeder can also provide you with other suggestions which are proven to assist with the standing of the ears.


Hip Dysplasia


Although it is impossible to guarantee a puppy will not get hip dysplasia, we  make every effort to avoid such an occurrence by using stock that has been x-rayed. Our policy on replacement is stated below.


The guarantees below are good for the life of the dog against crippling hip dysplasia.  In the event that a bitch conceives a litter or a male sires a litter before the age of 18 months, this guarantee becomes null and void.  Dogs which are obviously neglected, mistreated or abused WILL NOT BE REPLACED.


Hip Dysplasia is a congenital malformation of the ball and socket joint of the hip.  A dog may or may not become lame because of the disease and depending upon its severity.  In the event that one of our puppies does become dysplasitc, we will do the following


We will replace the puppy with another puppy of equal or greater value if the puppy is found to have severe hip dysplasia (moderate to extreme) in which the disease is crippling.  The X-ray and a copy of the OFA letter of diagnosis must be given to the breeder.  If the breeder so chooses, they have the right to have the X-ray’s re-done by their own veterinarian and submitted to OFA for a second opinion. (many poor hip readings are inaccurate due to improper positioning by veterinarians  13and/or their staff)  Contact us for a list of qualified veterinarians in your area who have the experience in hip x-rays for OFA purposes as correct diagnosing is a specialized field.  If the buyer chooses to keep the puppy, a certification of sterilization must be given before any replacement will be made by the breeder. IF COPIES OF XRAYS AND WRITTEN STATEMENTS FROM YOUR VET ARE NOT PROVIDED TO US AS THE BREEDER WITHIN 5 DAYS OF THE XRAYS, NO REPLACEMENT.


To aid in prevention of hip dysplasia and Pano, it is recommended to give puppies 500mg of Vitamin C daily until 6 months of age, then increasing the amount to 1000mg.  Do not allow your puppy to jump from elevated areas, over obstacles, or on concrete until at least 12 months of age.




Pano is  temporary and painful limping condition which unfortunately can occur in German Shepherd puppies that grow too quickly.  It usually strikes between the ages of 4-12 months of age and can occur on and off for up to 2 years of age.  Because Pano is a temporary and relatively easy to manage, we do not replace puppies afflicted with Pano.  Following the breeders diet recommendations (below) can help prevent or reduce the severity of Pano.


Diet Recommendation


We feed all of our dogs and puppies quality premium dog foods.  Currently we are having excellent results with 4Health Large Breed Adult (Tractor Supply), Holistic Select Duck Adult Formula and Earthobron Holistic Bison adult formula,  are excellent foods which we highly recommend and are commercially available).  YOU NEED TO AVOID ALL FOODS THAT LIST INGREDIENT WHICH IS ANY TYPE OF GRAIN!!!!!  The primary ingredient in premium food is meat based (Chicken, Beef, Turkey, Lamb etc).    Premium food promotes good health, strong teeth, shiny coats, and firm stools.   Most importantly, studies done specifically on German Shepherd puppies has shown that raising GSD puppies on Adult formulations or those which are for “large breeds” helps reduce the incidence of Pano, weak pasterns, and pancreatic insufficiency.  This has bee practices by GSD breeders for many years without any negative effects on growth or size at maturity.  WE NOW HAVE ALL OF OUR DOGS AND PUPPIES ON NUVET VITAMINS AND JOINT PLUS SUPPLEMENTS AND RECOMMEND YOU CONTINUE YOUR NEW PUPPY ON THEM AS WELL.  YOU CAN ORDER THEM WITH THE LINK ON MY SITE AS IT CAN ONLY BE ORDERED WITH A BREEDER ID NUMBER WHICH IS 17107. THESE VITAMINS ARE NOW PART OF OUR GUARANTEES. IF A PUPPY DOES NOT STAY ON THESE, THE CONTRACT IS VOIDED.




Our puppies are raised underfoot, socialized with other dogs, extensively handled, and exposed to variety of conditions.  To ensure your puppy’s temperament remains as sound as the day it leaves our home, once your puppy is fully vaccinated, take it places as often as possible.  Allow a variety of people of pet your puppy (children, elderly, men, women, different ethnicities).  Introduce your puppy to other FRIENDLY dogs of various breeds.  Be VERY careful to protect your puppy form unpleasant or traumatic experiences, such as taunting by children or being assaulted by an unfriendly dog.  These can have a lasting negative effects which can be difficult to overcome.




German Shepherds are very intelligent dogs with high drive.  Responsible owners channel this intelligence and drive in the proper direction with adequate love, attention, and training.  Bored, lonely, and/or neglected GSD’s can become highly destructive and/or aggressive.  We recommend that you enroll your puppy into an obedience class by 6 months of age.




We accept $400.00 deposits to ensure your pick in each litter.  MONEY IS NON-REFUNDABALE BUT TRANSFERABLE TO ANOTHER VON MOYER HAUS LITTER (THIS MEANS EVEN IF THE FEMALE DOES NOT CONCEIVE AND OR DOES NOT HAVE ENOUGH MALES/FEMALES), OR IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND. THIS INSURES THAT YOU HAVE A COMMITMENT WITH VON MOYER HAUS GERMAN SHEPHERDS AND WILL BE FAITHFUL WITH GETTING A PUPPY FROM US.. WE WILL ONLY ACCEPT CASH, MONEY ORDERS, AND PAY PAL FOR DEPOSITS.  THE BALANCE DUE ON YOUR PUPPY MUST BE MADE PRIOR TO, OR ON DELIVERY.  WE CANNOT ACCEPT PERSONAL CHECKS!!!  MONEY ORDERS SHOULD BE PAID TO RHONDA MOYER.  If, for any reason, you decide you cannot keep the puppy, for any reason within the first three weeks your money will be refunded when the pup is resold and if it's a less amount that will be what is refunded do to the longer we have the pup the less we get. If the puppy  you picked is unacceptable, you may either choose another puppy (if any are available, they rarely are) or transfer your deposit to another litter. (NO REFUND WILL BE GIVEN)

Return Policy

 If for any reason you cannot keep the puppy/dog, they are to be returned to us with the AKC Paperwork, and the shot and wormings packet.  If they AKC papers have been filled out and sent in, you must sign off of the back and return so we can transfer the papers when the puppy/dog is returned.. There will be no refunds upon return of the puppy/dog.  If you have the puppy for a few days, a refund can be given after the puppy is resold and for the price they are sold at. This maybe different then what you have paid since some puppies may not be sold right away that can change the price.  Deposits are not refundable but can be transferred to another Von Moyer Haus Litter. No Exceptions will be given. 




We wish you and your puppy the very best.  Give the love, care, and attention your puppy deserves and you will be rewarded with a loyal, devoted, and beautiful companion for many years!  Please drop us a note and photo of your puppy every so often.  I am concerned about and enjoy knowing how puppies from our breedings are developing.  Feel free to call me with any questions or concerns that arise regarding your puppy @ 484-634-0439  or e-mail to gldnrudy@rcn.com (A quick call to your breeder can sometimes save you unnecessary vet expenses!)


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Signature of Buyer                            Signature of Breeder (Von Moyer Haus German Shepherds)

Early Spay-Neuter Considerations 
for the Canine Athlete

One Veterinarian's Opinion
© 2005 Chris Zink DVM, PhD, DACVP

Those of us with responsibility for the health of canine athletes need to continually read and evaluate new scientific studies to ensure that we are taking the most appropriate care of our performance dogs. This article provides evidence through a number of recent studies to suggest that veterinarians and owners working with canine athletes should revisit the standard protocol in which all dogs that are not intended for breeding are spayed and neutered at or before 6 months of age.

Orthopedic Considerations

A study by Salmeri et al in 1991 found that bitches spayed at 7 weeks grew significantly taller than those spayed at 7 months, who were taller than those not spayed (or presumably spayed after the growth plates had closed).(1) A study of 1444 Golden Retrievers performed in 1998 and 1999 also found bitches and dogs spayed and neutered at less than a year of age were significantly taller than those spayed or neutered at more than a year of age.(2) The sex hormones, by communicating with a number of other growth-related hormones, promote the closure of the growth plates at puberty (3), so the bones of dogs or bitches neutered or spayed before puberty continue to grow. Dogs that have been spayed or neutered well before puberty can frequently be identified by their longer limbs, lighter bone structure, narrow chests and narrow skulls. This abnormal growth frequently results in significant alterations in body proportions and particularly the lengths (and therefore weights) of certain bones relative to others. For example, if the femur has achieved its genetically determined normal length at 8 months when a dog gets spayed or neutered, but the tibia, which normally stops growing at 12 to 14 months of age continues to grow, then an abnormal angle may develop at the stifle. In addition, with the extra growth, the lower leg below the stifle likely becomes heavier (because it is longer), and may cause increased stresses on the cranial cruciate ligament. In addition, sex hormones are critical for achieving peak bone density.(4) These structural and physiological alterations may be the reason why at least one recent study showed that spayed and neutered dogs had a higher incidence of CCL rupture.(5) Another recent study showed that dogs spayed or neutered before 5 1/2 months had a significantly higher incidence of hip dysplasia than those spayed or neutered after 5 1/2 months of age, although it should be noted that in this study there were no standard criteria for the diagnosis of hip dysplasia.(6) Nonetheless, breeders of purebred dogs should be cognizant of these studies and should consider whether or not pups they bred were spayed or neutered when considering breeding decisions.

Cancer Considerations

A retrospective study of cardiac tumors in dogs showed that there was a 5 times greater risk of hemangiosarcoma, one of the three most common cancers in dogs, in spayed bitches than intact bitches and a 2.4 times greater risk of hemangiosarcoma in neutered dogs as compared to intact males.(7) A study of 3218 dogs demonstrated that dogs that were neutered before a year of age had a significantly increased chance of developing bone cancer.(8) A separate study showed that neutered dogs had a two-fold higher risk of developing bone cancer.(9) Despite the common belief that neutering dogs helps prevent prostate cancer, at least one study suggests that neutering provides no benefit.(10) There certainly is evidence of a slightly increased risk of mammary cancer in female dogs after one heat cycle, and for increased risk with each subsequent heat. While about 30 % of mammary cancers are malignant, as in humans, when caught and surgically removed early the prognosis is very good.(12) Luckily, canine athletes are handled frequently and generally receive prompt veterinary care.


Behavioral Considerations

The study that identified a higher incidence of cranial cruciate ligament rupture in spayed or neutered dogs also identified an increased incidence of sexual behaviors in males and females that were neutered early.(5) Further, the study that identified a higher incidence of hip dysplasia in dogs neutered or spayed before 5 1/2 months also showed that early age gonadectomy was associated with an increased incidence of noise phobias and undesirable sexual behaviors.(6) A recent report of the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation reported significantly more behavioral problems in spayed and neutered bitches and dogs. The most commonly observed behavioral problem in spayed females was fearful behavior and the most common problem in males was aggression.(12)

Other Health Considerations

A number of studies have shown that there is an increase in the incidence of female urinary incontinence in dogs spayed early (13), although this finding has not been universal. Certainly there is evidence that ovarian hormones are critical for maintenance of genital tissue structure and contractility.(14, 15) Neutering also has been associated with an increased likelihood of urethral sphincter incontinence in males.(16) This problem is an inconvenience, and not usually life-threatening, but nonetheless one that requires the dog to be medicated for life. A health survey of several thousand Golden Retrievers showed that spayed or neutered dogs were more likely to develop hypothyroidism.(2) This study is consistent with the results of another study in which neutering and spaying was determined to be the most significant gender-associated risk factor for development of hypothyroidism.(17) Infectious diseases were more common in dogs that were spayed or neutered at 24 weeks or less as opposed to those undergoing gonadectomy at more than 24 weeks.(18) Finally, the AKC-CHF report demonstrated a higher incidence of adverse reactions to vaccines in neutered dogs as compared to intact.(12)

I have gathered these studies to show that our practice of routinely spaying or neutering every dog at or before the age of 6 months is not a black-and-white issue. Clearly more studies need to be done to evaluate the effects of prepubertal spaying and neutering, particularly in canine athletes.

Currently, I have significant concerns with spaying or neutering canine athletes before puberty. But of course, there is the pet overpopulation problem. How can we prevent the production of unwanted dogs while still leaving the gonads to produce the hormones that are so important to canine growth and development? One answer would be to perform vasectomies in males and tubal ligation in females, to be followed after maturity by ovariohysterectomy in females to prevent mammary cancer and pyometra. One possible disadvantage is that vasectomy does not prevent some unwanted behaviors associated with males such as marking and humping. On the other hand, females and neutered males frequently participate in these behaviors too. Really, training is the best solution for these issues. Another possible disadvantage is finding a veterinarian who is experienced in performing these procedures. Nonetheless, some do, and if the procedures were in greater demand, more veterinarians would learn them.

I believe it is important that we assess each situation individually. For canine athletes, I currently recommend that dogs and bitches be spayed or neutered after 14 months of age.


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