Join Date: Sep 2011
Dogs Name: Dobes: Diesel & Deja, Minpins: Tequila & Aspen
Dogs Age: 2 yrs, 7 mo, 9 yrs, 4yrs
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I've got a friend that bought two labradors from a "reputable" breeder & AKC Breeder of Merit. Parents were health tested, and the breeder is active in AKC and UKC showing. One of my friend's labs has a congenital heart defect (that parents were supposedly screened for), and the other has elbow displasia (also that parents were supposedly screened for). The bought them with breeding rights and started to show them. They have both gotten AKC and UKC titles, however she cannot breed them, and has spent well over $30K in their health care. The dogs are 3 and 4 years old, so buying from a "reputable" breeder does not always mean you are getting a dog that is any healthier, or any less expensive for its long term care.
This breeder tried to tell my friend not to report the health issues that were found, because it would make her lines look bad. A litter mate to the one that has the heart issues... is still being shown and is now being used to sire other litters with no mention of the family health issue that has been found.
Reputable breeder... who really makes this determination?