Discussion in 'The Breeding Ground' started by Dawni, Aug 21, 2008.
What Diane said
This has already been said but I really feel that I must repeat it..
Being a large breed dog, health testing is VERY important.
I had a great opportunity to get a great Newfoundland bitch but they breeder did not health test. So even though I had nearly a puppy at my feet, I declined.
It's VITAL that the parents have health clearences. Have you considered what it would be like to have a dog with HD or ED? She/He will be in pain and it can lead to restricted movement. To top it off, if it's severe enough the dog could require surgery(EXPENSIVE) or to humanly put the dog down. Are you really willing to risk this becuase it's your father in law?
I don't want to come across rude or anything to that extent. I'm just very concerned. Health, especially in large breed dogs, is extremely important. I hope you take it seriously and find a breeder who does the health testing required for your breed- as I was told before when I had a thread similar to this one, your healthy dream puppy WILL be worth the wait.
I am SO glad I waited. I got a great dog with a great health background and very healthy parents. And she even came with a 5 year health guarantee(also a good sign of a great breeder).
I hope you will reconsider and get the perfect puppy!
PS- Welcome to Chazhound
The only reason I'd think about one of these pups out of non-tested parents is because they're working dogs that it sounds like the pups stay in the area. That means they should know if any of the lines are throwing issues.