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Our Rottie puppy is 14 months old, and we purchased him from an established Arizona breeder for $2500 in May 2021. This breeder's website is very impressive and we found our puppy here at this kennel. At seven months old, due to his extreme aggressiveness, we took our puppy to our vet and learned he had hip dysplasia but worse, the right hip socket was so malformed our dog was always in pain. His aggressiveness likely due to that and not understanding the source of this pain so he lashed out at us. Right and left elbow deformities which surgery to repair not guaranteed good results, missing nine teeth which never grew in, and these are just the physical issues discovered. We called the breeder who suggested that we must have dropped him as a young puppy, or perhaps that we abused him. Said no refunds but he would take the puppy back and give us another puppy.
For months now, our puppy has been on pain pills and reduced activity, just lots of love, short periods of walks on a leash and mild play. If anyone else has experienced anything like what we are going through, how will this end for our dog, what I am asking, we refuse to "put him down", but as he grows will his life become unmanageable due to more weight into adulthood? Vets recommend euthanasia, but just can't think like that right now. And how do I stop this breeder... I have two Diplomate veterinarians telling me these issues are genetic. The heartbreak we feel for our baby is everyday, every minute.
 

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Our Rottie puppy is 14 months old, and we purchased him from an established Arizona breeder for $2500 in May 2021. This breeder's website is very impressive and we found our puppy here at this kennel. At seven months old, due to his extreme aggressiveness, we took our puppy to our vet and learned he had hip dysplasia but worse, the right hip socket was so malformed our dog was always in pain. His aggressiveness likely due to that and not understanding the source of this pain so he lashed out at us. Right and left elbow deformities which surgery to repair not guaranteed good results, missing nine teeth which never grew in, and these are just the physical issues discovered. We called the breeder who suggested that we must have dropped him as a young puppy, or perhaps that we abused him. Said no refunds but he would take the puppy back and give us another puppy.
For months now, our puppy has been on pain pills and reduced activity, just lots of love, short periods of walks on a leash and mild play. If anyone else has experienced anything like what we are going through, how will this end for our dog, what I am asking, we refuse to "put him down", but as he grows will his life become unmanageable due to more weight into adulthood? Vets recommend euthanasia, but just can't think like that right now. And how do I stop this breeder... I have two Diplomate veterinarians telling me these issues are genetic. The heartbreak we feel for our baby is everyday, every minute.
We got our Gracie Sunshine in 2017 from a reputable breeder. I spent over a year researching breeders on the west half of the U.S. Found a breeder in Minnesota that I liked. Picked her up at 10 weeks old. Over the moon excited. Had several Rottweilers in the past but never from a breeder. Had my fill of hip dysplasia and cancers by the thousands of $$$$, and thought getting a pup with good family lines and history would alieviate this. Getting home and first vet checkup found giardia and hips that needed X-rays. We were devistated and heartbroken. She was too young for surgery and I contacted the breeder. Naturally they would take her back and give me another. What so I could get another damaged puppy to cry over? I asked for a refund to apply to upcoming extreme medical expenses. I received 3/4 of the fee but only after giving them certification from orthopedic specialist of her condition, which wasn’t cheap. Since then Gracie now age 5 gets a shot of Adequan once a month, Dasaquan daily, and Deramaxx daily. She doesn’t run so much and she poops out on walks She now takes thyroid medication too. She seems to be a happy dog and so far no surgery is planned. We go to one of the top rated vet clinics in central California. Gracie Sunshine is my sunshine!
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Your Gracie is a beautiful girl: beautiful beautiful beautiful. I have read your post three times before responding now. I have learned from you that my young dog's physical birth defects are not uncommon, and of more urgency, is that we purchased this pup from an established breeder as did you; a breeder who gave me all the AKC paperwork as to lineage etc etc. Of interest is that my primary vet looked at my breeder's website and told us that from the pictures of the dogs, other dogs in these pictures were sitting awkwardly which implied to her that the hip dysplasia is inherent and apparent in the breeding dogs. But to your post, I am going to look into Joint medication for Carl because I was also warned about soon-to-develop arthritis. Gracie and Carl are loved and treasured members of their families, and I have to wonder about my future. With my level of anger building over the casual and indifferent attitudes of some breeders, I am thinking about taking this industry on.... right after I sue my breeder for selling us a puppy with genetic abnormalities... abnormalities causing pain and suffering for our dogs life. I can't thank.you enough for writing and sharing. I don't feel quite so lost in all of this, and stronger in my commitment to make something good out of it. Thank you for your kindness. Love to Gracie.
 

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So sorry to hear of these heartbreaking problems. This is why you really have to read the "guarantee" . Shady breeders often have it in their contracts that they must have the dog back and will give you another one. Who is going to give back a puppy they have loved and raised?? The shady breeders are counting on that. :(

The most important thing when looking for a breeder is to have the pedigree of the sire and dam so you can look up the hip, knee, eyes and heart certification on the breeding pair and their grandsire and grandam etc. Go to www.ofa.org and put in their registered name or their AKC numbers to get the results. If the breeder does not do testing for hips, knees, eyes and heart...RUN!! Having sire and dam with good results does not always mean that your pup will not have problems...but it stacks the deck in your favor. It also means the breeder is doing their best to make proper breeding choices.
 
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