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Thread: Purebred Dogs with Serious Health Defects

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    I would think that it was common sense to find out all you could about a breed or species of dog, cat bird you were bringing in to your home.

    Mind you, I am pot calling the kettle black here as I did not do this when my kids were younger. Unfortunately it is something I have just learned by age and experience.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    I actually did a lot of research but because SAS is not listed as a problem in Australia I didn't know about it. The only reason I now know it's considered hereditary in the USA is because I did a lot of research on the condition after Molly was diagnosed. From what I've heard, most Rottweiler breeders would say that it is very rare in Australia (at present) and most don't know of any Rotties that have it. I have only been able to find one other Rottie with the same condition and there is a link in the bloodlines. Because there is no requirement for the breeder to report this being in her bloodline how would breeders of related dogs even know, therefore if I asked them if there was any history of SAS in their line they would say no (because they have not heard of it appearing). I asked all the questions about temperament, hips, elbows, and everything else that is a known hereditary problem. I'm not sure how much more I could have done. Anyway, this thread is starting to go in the direction of blaming me for being a bad dog owner and I'm not going there again as it's too upsetting.

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    I didn't get the impression anyone was blaming you Mollinator

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    I'm wondering why the ANKC are so slow to recognise this as a breed defect if it's recognised internationally?

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    I hope so too as my post was not in the least directed at you but in general. I am the last person who should throw stones and none was intended. Unfortunately I knew no better back then, you did all the right things.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Ok sorry, it's just a touchy subject for me

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    I guess the issue is that when someone decides to get a pedigree dog from a registered breeder for the first time, they are not aware of all these potential issues because they've never dealt with it before. Most people would assume that if you go to a breeder who is registered with the state breed club then you are doing the right thing and the breeder will be reputable. The only reason I realised this is not true is because of Molly, which is also the only reason I searched for dog forums to get information. I probably would never have heard of DOL or this forum if not for Molly's problem. A lot of useful information can be gained from both of these forums and I'm a lot more knowledgeable for finding them. Next time I will be very picky about which breeder I buy a dog from but if I hadn't had a problem with Molly I probably would have made the same assumptions next time.

    I saw somewhere else that only 10% of dogs in Australia are pedigree. This means that the majority of dog owners really have no idea and if they decided to spend that extra money to get a pedigree they would assume it's going to be healthy and of good temperament, especially if the sire or dam are Aust Champions. I'm not sure how you would get the message out to people due to the small number of pet owners who have pedigrees.

    Sorry for rambling

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    Quote Originally Posted by meegsndogs View Post
    What kind of person would argue with that??
    You would be surprised meegs... there are some great people on that site but there are also some ignorant, opinionated twats

    I hope you don't think I was targeting you mollinator, I wasn't at all... just saying for anyone else reading and thinking about buying a pup

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