Even when you are aware, be even more aware.
In 2001 I purchased a Labrador Retriever puppy from a leading Breeder. The circumstances were as follows:
I visited the Kennel and noticed a fine looking bitch in whelp, and asked if I could have one of her puppies when they became available. I was informed this was not possible as the bitch was an Aus/NZ Champion, and had been mated in New Zealand with an Aus/NZ Champion dog, (all quite true) and the resultant puppies were earmarked to be used in the Kennel as future stock in order to improve the breed.
I then asked the breeder to let me know when an alternative puppy would be available, and stressed that I had previously owned two Labradors and particularly wanted one true to the breed’s standard and conformation. (Not easy to acquire I assure you). The breeder promised to keep in touch.
Many weeks later the breeder telephoned to say that her partner had stated that the Kennel was holding too much stock and therefore if I was still interested I could have one of the NZ bitch’s puppies if I still wanted one. I thanked her and completed the purchase of the puppy.
The dog has since become lame, and X rays show there is a significant malformation of the dog’s bone structure. I am naturally very upset about this and contacted the breeder and asked for an explanation.
I was greeted with sympathy, but astounded when by email the breeder admitted that when the puppies were born they could not stand and used rolled up towels place under their stomachs in order that their legs would strengthen. She also informed me that she and her vet thought they were “swimmers”, a condition my vet tells me that normally would necessitate euthanizing the puppies. I was never informed at the time of the purchase in any way about this.
I feel as though I have literally been “sold a pup”, and that the sale of the puppy to me was fraudulent. I relate the story to emphasize "caveat emptor"