Health Guarantee

Puppies sold by River Stone Kennels are guaranteed for a lifetime to be free of the following genetic disorders: Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Labrador Myopathy (ARMD/PTPLA ,CNM), Degenerative Myopathy (DM), Exercise Induced Collapse EIC) Inherited Retinal Dysplasia (RD), Oculoskeletal Dysplasia (OSD), Hereditary Nasal Parakeratosis (HNPK), Skeletal Dysplasia 2 (Dwarfism SD2), Narcolepsy, Cystinuria, Elliptocytosis, Hyperuricosuria, Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency and Myotubular Myopathy. Since all of our breeding stock is DNA tested for these abnormalities, we can guarantee that the dog you purchase from us will never suffer from one of these problems. 

Puppies sold by River Stone Kennels are guaranteed free of hip and elbow dysplasia up to 30 months of age and pass their OFA Hip Exam and OFA Elbow Exam (score of fair, good or excellent). It is the owner's responsibility and we highly encourage owners to check for genetic problems, such as hip dysplasia, at an early age as orthopedic corrections are best done at a very early age before arthritis develops. A Pennhip Exam or preliminary hip and elbow x-ray can be done in the dog’s first year of age. Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) Hip and Elbow exams are done at 24 months of age.

Your dog is also guaranteed until 2.5 years of age for other genetic and congenital disorders not listed above. If your dog experiences a genetic disorder, please call us immediately so that 1) we can make a decision if this genetic combination of sire and dam should not be repeated, 2) we can recommend qualified veterinarians to you, 3) we can notify the other littermate owners, and 4) you will receive a credit (redeemable within a two year timeframe from issue) in the amount of purchase price of your dog on a future puppy provided  1) we are notified on or before the dog reaches 30 months of age, 2) upon proof of neutering or spaying and 3) DNA certification of your pet if we request it.

To qualify for the guarantee, the dog must be in possession of its original owner, must not exhibit related disorders caused by trauma or accident and must not have been bred. will not require that the dog be returned for the guarantee to be effective. An issued puppy credit must be redeemed within two years from issue date or be forfeited.

Purchasers of River Stone Kennels puppies can be assured that the kennel has extremely low incidences of genetic abnormalities among puppies it sells, a result of the care taken when choosing animals for breeding and as a result of the DNA genetic testing for abnormalities performed on our breeding sires and dams. 

NOTE: River Stone Kennels will not pay for any veterinary work in any instance without prior consultation and approval.

One Year Unconditional Guarantee

If for any reason, a customer is not satisfied with his/her puppy in its first year, the puppy may be returned for the purchase price refund or a replacement of the puppy from a future litter. The puppy must be returned at the customer’s expense to our kennel. The puppy must be returned in good health.