Health guarantee, receipt of sale, and recommendations on shots and feeding.


This guarantee covers life-threatening illnesses such as parvo and distemper, as well as life threatening defects such as heart, liver, or pancreatic problems. Life threatening illnesses are immediately noticeable illnesses that start showing symptoms within a couple days of being exposed, for this reason the seller requires new owners to have the puppy examined by a licensed Veterinarian within 3 days of ownership to rule out puppy receiving any illness while still under seller's care. If upon examination the puppy is found to have a life threatening illness or defect, the breeder must be contacted and legal proof from a licensed Veterinarian of the illness or defect must be faxed to the breeder’s vet. In the case of a life threatening diagnosis, puppy must be returned to breeder at the buyer’s expense and will be examined by breeder's veterinarian. If diagnosis stands, a replacement puppy will be given as soon as one is available (the transportation of the replacement puppy is at the buyer‘s expense). If puppy dies from a life threatening defect within 6 months of life, buyer pays to have a necropsy done to decipher the problem. If problem is determined to be absolutely a defect with no possibility of being caused by other factors including environmental, Shelterwood will offer a replacement puppy to be given as soon as one is available, transportation of puppy will be at buyer's expense. Seller guarantees that NO puppy from Shelterwood is sold with any known health problems without full disclosure prior to sale. If the puppy has not visited a licensed vet within specified time frame the contract and all health guarantees will be null and void. There will be no cash or credit refunds. We offer replacement puppies only. A replacement puppy will be mutually agreed upon by both parties and be of comparable bloodlines. It is understood that the replacement puppy may not be from the exact parents of the original puppy, we are not a large breeder but we will work with buyer as fair and timely as possible.

BREEDING: There are no breeding contracts here at Shelterwood, all puppies come with full breeding rights. We believe once a dog is under new ownership that as long as the new owner takes responsibility and accountability for their dog and what is produced we believe that is their decision.  

We expect all purchasers to take the responsibility for proper care of their dogs, and take the pup to his/her veterinarian for necessary inoculations and health check ups. The purchaser shall keep this animal in conformity with local municipal by-laws, and assume full responsibility for the actions of their dogs.


On__________________, I the seller received _______________ as a non-refundable deposit.

This puppy is ______________________________________, and was born on ___________.

This deposit reserves said puppy until it is 8 weeks old,____________. The remaining balance of _____________________ is due within 10 days of the puppy turning 8 weeks old.

Puppy must be paid for in full by or at time of pick up.

SIGNATURE OF SELLER: ______________________ DATE: ________________________


SHOTS: Puppies need to be vaccinated for parvo and distemper every 3 to 4 weeks until 16 weeks, never walk a puppy on the floor of the vet (as well as the counter and seats), or pet shops, rest stops, and definitely stay away from dog parks, all are high traffic areas for parvo. Be careful of vets that use 5, 6, or 7+ way cocktail shots, they overwhelm the immune system and prevent immunization to many or all the vaccines in the shot, puts them at risk for not responding to the parvo and distemper vaccines which are the most important because those illnesses are deadly. I recommend going to a holistic vet if you have trouble finding a vet that only vaccinated for parvo and distemper with puppies. Legally in Oregon, the only shot a dog needs is rabies, that is the only other shot most holistic vets will do and after the first rabies shot at 6 months or the 18 month rabies shot they recommend titer testing instead of re-vaccinating every 3 years, studies have shown the immunity from the rabies shot lasts a minimum of 5 to 7 years, and in some cases lifetime immunity. You can also have a titer done for parvo and distemper, it is rare for a dog to need to be re-vaccinated for parvo or distemper beyond puppyhood, studies have shown that a strong response to parvo and distemper vaccines gives a dog LIFETIME immunity to those illnesses.

FOOD: I free feed all my danes which is highly recommended for deep chested breeds, it may help reduce the risk for bloat. Free feeding means that instead of feeding meals I have food available for them to eat at all times. I feed Kirkland or Diamond Naturals Chicken and Rice Adult, I was feeding Taste of the Wild but their skin was super dry so testing to see if changing diet helps, also the calcium is on the high side with some TOTW formulas, should be a max of 2%, 1% is ideal for great dane puppies which makes Kirkland ideal for growing great dane puppies, and adults. These puppies know how much they need, they rarely overeat, generally the pups were eating 4 to 5 times per day at 6 weeks, and should be eating 3 to 4 times per day while still growing. If free feeding is not an option in your home I recommend feeding at least 3 times per day until at least 4 months old, their stomachs still have growing to do so feeding 2x/day would be hard for most dane puppies and not adequate for their metabolism to grow as healthy and steadily as possible. I would offer a cup per meal to start, if they want more they may need more. Also at 8 weeks old they still prefer soaked kibble, they are starting to like dry more and more but they still like it best when it is soaked in water, I recommend offering kibble in water, if they don’t want it just let it soak and they will eventually eat it. If being in their new home is for some reason stressful on them and they still refuse to eat, buy some canned wet food and mix in with soaked kibble, smelly wet food can easily win them over. With my adults, I actually rotate formulas and brands to try and prevent them from becoming allergic to any single ingredient, there isn’t much research on this but due to past experience of a dog developing an allergy I feel rotating formulas periodically is worth a try; I however try to always stay away from dog foods with corn, soy, or rendered by-product.

SPAY/NEUTER: I’ve done quite a bit of research on this subject. PLEASE do not spay or neuter a great dane before they are finished growing. Most traditional vets are CLUELESS about the facts of the cons to spay and neuter, as well as with breed-specific knowledge. Studies have shown that spay and neuter on giant breed dogs, especially before a dog is finished growing, increases risk for bone cancer, hip dysplasia, and other health problems. If you have a vet that says spaying early reduces risk for mammary cancer, they are poorly informed on the statistics and studies of how low that risk is to begin with as well as the increase of health risks associated with early spay, or if a vet says neutering helps improve behavior that is a RED FLAG and a vet that I would stay far away from, spaying can actually worsen behavior, and neutering does nothing to change fear-based behaviors. This Facebook page has some incredible resources and information on the subject of spay, neuter, and their alternatives. Doesn’t hurt to learn all the options available, I strongly recommend joining this group:


If for any reason this animal cannot be kept by the purchaser, Shelterwood strongly encourages purchaser to contact us a.s.a.p., dogs bred by us will always be welcomed back and we can help search for a new loving home for the puppy.

The seller also recommends new owners to keep in contact with us; we are a wealth of information and support, all puppies bred by us are and always will be considered family.

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