Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Katy, Tx
Dogs Name: Koa, Siri, Hottie & Chloe (shep x)
Titles: Koa-STAR Puppy, RN, CAA, CGC, Chloe-CA,CGC, Siri-AKC Grand Champion, CAX, DockDogs BAJJ, CGC
Dogs Age: 3 years, 2 years, 6months, 4 years
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I have to say this. I think, often times, we push ALL responsibility on a breeder. Sometimes this is true. There are breeders out there that play fast and loose with the truth. BUT, that is truly not the norm. If a buyer has a something that is non-negotiable, it's the buyer's responsibility to make that extra clear AND to verify that non-negotiable thing is not present in the puppy before any exchange of funds. For example, I have a buyer, and lord bless her because she owns another of mine and is a really great home, but she will ONLY consider a red male with a nose zipper. Non negotiable. And one day I hope that happens for her! But I certainly wouldn't try to swing a red male without a nose zipper under the radar to her. The same for you. If you do not want a dog with undescended testicles, then it's on you to make that clear and ensure that's not what you're taking home. IF you did that, then I would consider that breeder to potentially be shady.
Further, when someone tells me that showing isn't a priority or they MAY try it...well I'm not going to send them a really nice show prospect that may never set foot in the ring. Showing is to further a breeding program. The goal being that if they're of good quality, they will contribute back to the gene pool. As someone else mentioned, sometimes the puppy with one testicle WAS the pick of a litter but for obvious reasons can't be shown.
Do we know early? Yes. Fairly early. 7-8 weeks or so. After about 10 weeks, if I had one with an undescended testicle that's probably one I'm going to place in a pet home. I'm not going to hold out any hope that it will descend after that if it hasn't been up and down the whole time.
RIP Kai 3/19/2001 - 11/8/2011
Koa RN, CAX, CGC
Siri-GCH Sunny N Foxfire's Starstruck CAX CGC
Hottie-CH Foxfire's I'm Smokin' Hot CA
Aero-GCH Sirai's Brace For Impact CA DJ CGC WAC
Bluebie-Sirai's Clear Skies Ahead CA WAC
Cessna-CH Sirai's Cleared For Takeoff CA WAC
Luxe-BPIS Sirai's Hollywood Glamour CA WAC
Mavi-CH Sirai's Hollywood Hot Shot WAC