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I'm not very please with the breeder I got my Red Doberman puppy from. This is my 3rd Doberman and I have never had such a bad experience. The ears were cropped but, I got the dog before she was 8 wks old and the ears were cropped only 6 days earlier. The breeder said it would be no problem to remove the stiches myself but, I had to have my vet removed the stiches with my assistance and he said if he had put the stitches it would not be as difficult. Plus I had to take the puppy to a specialist clinic because her 2 front legs were severely crooked. The vet called it angular limb deformity so Darcy had to have splints put on her from legs wrapped down her paws one week at a time and rest for 1 or 2 weeks and splints put on a second time , or the alternative if this did not work was surgery to correct for another 5-6 thousand. Needless to say this was in winter and every time Darcy had to the bathroom I had to wrap her paws in plastic so they stayed dry. This was a lot of pain for the puppy besides the inconvenience. The breeders son claimed this was normal. When their vet checked and cropped the ears they knew her front limbs were deformed. I did send the paper work for the extra expenses for all the consultations, xrays, ect that should not have occurred when I had Darcy checked and fixed. Luckily surgery will be avoided, but the owners son claimed nothing was wrong and I should not expect any reimbursement for the xtra trouble and expense. The breeder knew there was problems and I expect to be reimbursed for half of the xtra unnecessary expenses. which amounts to $1000. I paid $3000. for Darcy and another $2000. to fix the problems. Any suggestions or Am I being unrealistic? I plan on reporting the breeder to the Michigan Animal and Livestock and DPCA if they want to claim they are not responsible .
 

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Sorry you are having issues.

Unless the breeder is a DPCA member, complaining to them probably won't accomplish anything.
 

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What does your contract say?
Provided the dog is returned to seller, at buyer's expsense, including , a signed statement from a veterinarian , replacement on the following points are..
1.At option and expense of buyer-1 week health guarantee through examination by a veterinarian acceptable to both parties.
2. To be free from hip dysplasia to 30 months of age.
I had to find out what exactly was wrong and what could be done to correct the situation that the breeder obviously was aware of. I did take Darcy to my vet within 1 week but, I didn't want her replaced and I doubt that the breeder would have followed through under the circumstances. It was obvious Darcy had limb deformity even before my vet saw her. The sons comment when I notified them was I should not have taken her to the vet but, called them because they have a group that has this condition and it can be resolved by the owner. So this is a genetic problem with some of their dogs and they know it.
 

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So, it's a pretty crappy contract if that's it. But you signed it, presumably? I just don't think you have a leg to get any money back if that's the contract you agreed to, as much as it sucks.
 

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There is more to the contract mostly pertaining to if I cannot keep the dog must be returned owners expense, reason and medical verification from vet if dog has to be euthanasia, ect, mostly pertaining how dog should be transported, taken care of and so on. I provided verification of the problems and a reputable breeder would not try and pass off a dog that they knew had deformities. P.S. I DID NOT SIGN THE CONTRACT. I'm gong to contact the DPCA and the Agriculture and livestock di vision of the State Of Michigan. This gives all breeders a bad reputation. I have previously owned 2 German Sheppard, and this is my 3 Doberman and never had a breeder be so unscrupulous. Supposedly this breeder has show dogs and for $3000. this is not what should be pawned off as healthy. I''m going to contact the owner and request $1000. returned of the $5000. I had to spend from the $2000. of their genetic defect.
 

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I personally think you should out this breeder. When people google kennel names DT always comes up. This is one way to help other buyers from suffering the same misery you did. Going through the DPCA to find a breeder is a good way to find reputable breeders but it doesn't mean that all of the breeders are reputable even when they show their dogs. IMO there are MANY things that make a breeder reputable, showing is just a small part of that. Health testing is a big part of that. Doing right by your puppies is the biggest part but in doing right by your puppies you must do right by your puppy buyers.
 

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I personally think you should out this breeder. When people google kennel names DT always comes up. This is one way to help other buyers from suffering the same misery you did. Going through the DPCA to find a breeder is a good way to find reputable breeders but it doesn't mean that all of the breeders are reputable even when they show their dogs. IMO there are MANY things that make a breeder reputable, showing is just a small part of that. Health testing is a big part of that. Doing right by your puppies is the biggest part but in doing right by your puppies you must do right by your puppy buyers.
Is this breeder a member of the DPCA?
I personally think you should out this breeder. When people google kennel names DT always comes up. This is one way to help other buyers from suffering the same misery you did. Going through the DPCA to find a breeder is a good way to find reputable breeders but it doesn't mean that all of the breeders are reputable even when they show their dogs. IMO there are MANY things that make a breeder reputable, showing is just a small part of that. Health testing is a big part of that. Doing right by your puppies is the biggest part but in doing right by your puppies you must do right by your puppy buyers.
I have to find out if they are a member of DPCA
 
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