This is a question that's been lurking in my mind for some time…
So we know that a lot of responsible breeders stipulate in their contracts that they are to be contacted first and/or the dog is to be returned to them in the event that the owner can no longer keep the dog, for ANY reason.
I have never purchased from a responsible breeder before, so I don't know the exact wording that is used. I've seen examples of this kind of clause, and I understand the logic behind it. A responsible breeder would be horrified to learn that any of their dogs were in need of rescue, and even more horrified to learn that any dog with their kennel name had ended up in a situation where their unspayed or unneutered dog was being exploited for breeding purposes.
But it has been known to happen. Breeders who don't show or do any kind of health testing may boast about "champion lines," where the champion comes from several generations back. The "champions" mean very little if nothing has been done to ensure the health, temperament, and overall quality of the successive generations.
My question is... does a breeder have any way of enforcing or following up on the contract if they ever found that they were NOT notified before a dog was given up? Or, say, if a pet was sold on a spay/neuter contract, and that didn't happen, and the dog was instead being used to purposely breed puppies for profit?
We know that accidents can happen to perfectly nice people. And that perfectly nice people can also change their mind or even lie about their intentions. It does seem like some burden of responsibility is on the breeder to screen prospective buyers, to draft and to enforce a carefully-worded contract. But honestly, what recourse do they have if the contract is violated? Small claims court? It certainly doesn't seem like a criminal issue...