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    Default Use Extra Caution when Buying a Puppy.

    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"

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    Get some advice from the Office Of Fair Trading or equivalent state department...
    That is soooo immoral...
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    I agree with mitte..you need a refund.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poldark View Post
    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.
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    You may have a case at law, despite caveat emptor. Was there a contract? If so, what does it say? If not, (or even if so) you should be able to rely on your statement above, but that will be your word against theirs. However, as they have admitted they knew of the problem (and I hope you have that in the email), I think at law they were required to inform you. I'm no lawyer, but if you feel strongly enough about it, you might like to have a chat to one.

    The threat of a lawsuit might be enough to get you a fair resolution.

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    This is so old too.

    2001? Have you noticed that it is 2010 now? We're more worried about puppy mills than breeders with a reputation that can be reported to their breed club, the ANKC, and consumer affairs. Most reputable breeders these days will do tests on their dogs so they know if they have problems, and they will take back any unwanted or deformed puppy.

    I know several people who have deformed puppies but didn't take them back because the family got attached and decided they could live with a wobbly lab and another family live with a blind SWF. Both the breeders of these dogs offered to take them back though. This is in 2009 (or 2008 in the case of the lab).

    If you didn't report the breeder to the appropriate authorities then, why are you whinging to us now? And with the best will in the world we can't stop people, members even, buying sick puppies from even sicker puppy mill breeders and their accomplices.

    Beware of the puppy in the pet shop window - that's what you, Poldark, should be educating people about in 2010.
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    This does read as the dog's lameness has appeared recently?? At 9+ years old? Or is the whole story old.

    Swimmer pups don't routinely need to be euthanased. For a proper opion on the complexities of breeding you need to speak to a repro specialist vet.

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    And the 9 plus years old Lab is now where??

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    I best not say what i think the OP is...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Floyd View Post
    I best not say what i think the OP is...
    went into a lot of details for a troll......

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    wasn't one of Pretty's pups given the rolled towel treatment and she's fine now? I don't think it's an indicator of later limb problems. A lot of labradors go lame - and sometimes it has to do with how they're raised, fed and exercised.

    Swimming puppy syndrome

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