German Shepherd Dog > Is this a responsible breeder? Out of options. (54 replies)
by hexe on 03 October 2011 - 04:29
|And I STILL maintain that if you want a dog that is 'guaranteed' not to have any health, temperament or other issues, you need to buy a Dakin dog.|
If you want to improve your odds that you'll be getting a dog that has no health issues and which will be suitable for your intentions, you need to be buying AN ADULT DOG that has already passed all of the health testing and evaluations.
If you opt to go with a pup, you have to accept that there's definite limitations to what a breeder can control, in spite of them having done every known health test and evaluation on their breeding stock...and if your luck just happens to be bad, as it appears it has been for the OP and the dog, it's nobody's fault but Nature's.
And Nature doesn't give refunds or replacements.
by jc.carroll on 03 October 2011 - 14:08
|I've never known a breeder that will guarantee a dog will not have health problems, temperament issues, allergies, and the like.|
The best I've seen are breeders that offer full SATISFACTION guarantees; but that is NOT the same as saying the dog will forever be free of undesirable conditions. You can't guarantee against everything, even if you screened your stock for everything. Thing is, some conditions are genetic once they occur, but the initial issue can crop up idiopathically from a long line of dogs without problems. It has to start somewhere. It's easy to blame the breeders for pairing two dogs together, but that's kind of like blaming two parents for having a kid with Downs Syndrome; telling them "you should've known better!"
Puppy buying IS a crapshoot. That's not BS. Hell, even a breeder deals with this when they hold the pick puppy back and find out several months later that little Fido turns out to have bad hips, severe allergies, incomplete adult dentation, or whatnot.
Blaming the breeder for producing a pup with issues only holds water if the Sire and Dam are known to have said issues themselves.
I've gotten a lot of puppies over the years. I might go to a breeder I've gotten dogs from before, and one time I wind up with a puppy that falls shot. Sh*t happens. Clearly, it's not the breeder's fault. Especially if they offer to make it right within the scope of our purchase agreement!
Regarding the OP's dog, I don't see a lot of people waving hands and offering to take her; yet it seems easy to say the breeder's bad because they were honest about the very real possibility they'd euthanize her. With so many great dogs out there that don't have special needs (or a loving home!), I do not think euthanasia is an unreasonable thing for a dog that has a severe problem that would chronically reduce the quality of it's life.
by Seldom Seen on 14 October 2011 - 00:54
|I have very bad food allergies that went undetected by convential drs and testing for years and i suffered dearly. ironically, some of my worst allergens are grains. wheat, corn, soy, the three top gsd allergens, which are often used as fillers in dry dogfood. i find that if i stay away from grains, that i can better tolerate other allergens such as pollens, molds, dustmites etc. in other words, the immune system can better tolerate the air allergens if i keep the allergens out of digestive system. i do very well eatting salmon and many vegies and fruits that we grow on our small org farm in the summer, and in winter eatting chicken and vegies that we freeze and save... the chickens having been fed grains has no bearing on being allergic to the chickens meat. tho i do certainly prefer humanely raised and fed chix, when we can find and afford. we feed our gsds the raw diet, including raw chicken, every morning, as well as other meats, when available, and strongly believe in the raw diet for gsds. i believe there are many comments on this pdb about the raw diet. we also feed our gsds grainless kibble in the pm. our dogs all look great, shiney coats, high energy, and btw, all live in the house with us and run and work tog on our small 10 acres! i hope you try this before giving up on your gsd, and before looking to place blame. when i went thru the process in my 20s to figure out why i was so very sick, i went to a natural dr, and he did alternate form of allergy testing, and i did NOT want to give up breads, pizzas, cookies, etc... what i did i give up wheat and grains 1 week, and allowed my system to clear out, and i felt 99% better. then, of course, i went back and ate grains, after couple days, learnt my lesson... and changed my diet permantly. keep in mind that much of this is not widely recognized by traditional western medicine, and if i had not found David Horle, my natural dr, who educated me on this and much more, than i wouldve been dead a very long time ago. hope this info helps you and your gsd, best of luck, S|
by mirasmom on 14 October 2011 - 01:41
|Sometimes a really cute pup comes along, and wow.....so sweet and good natured......|
makes you think that the world we live in is so perfect ya know, all rainbows and such.... that we don't have a care in the world....then the pup grows up.....starts having problems maybe around the two year mark......like allergies.....gee...can that really happen to the most perfect pup in the world.....you bet your ass it can!
Is it all because you bred two certain dogs together.....NO......it's because you bred two purebred German Shepherd Dogs together!!!!
the German Shepherd Dog is prone to:
Von Wildebrant's bleeding disorder
pancreatic enzyme deficiency
Pancreatic enzyme deficiency
And last but not least> The wrong color!!!!
Oops! Have I left anything out!.......
Sorry to be so hard on you, I know that it is just a dog...BUT...if it were your kid, what would you do... I only say that cause I am a mother of eight children, and there is always a way to find comfort.
Stop listening to the vets that are sucking money out of you, and listen to breeders of German Shepherds.
by Seldom Seen on 14 October 2011 - 02:25
|LOL and much APPLAUSE to you Mirasmom ! She now has one excellent AFFORDABLE option to try, raw diet - no grains. Which is what we highly recommend to our buyers and was recommended to us , precisely fot these reasons(allergies-etc)|
by ILGSDs on 14 October 2011 - 03:47
|You are lucky the breeder is offering you a puppy to make it right with you, I purchased a pup with very bad allergies and I got told I CAUSED the allergies by having fleas! Among other excuses they give to avoid taking responsibility for the fact I got a dog from them whos health I was very unhappy with.|
by hexe on 14 October 2011 - 03:50
Sorry to be so hard on you, I know that it is just a dog...
Are you KIDDING me? You actually dare say "it is just a dog"? Well, hell, since you've got 8 kids, I guess it wouldn't matter too much if you lost one of them, since 'it is just a kid', you've got 7 more of them, and you can make another one, right? Of course not. I expect people who have never known what it's like to have a real partnership with a dog to say 'it is just a dog', but not someone who presents themselves to be a dog person and a breeder.
As for your list of things German Shepherds are "prone to", you need to qualify that by noting that these ailments, conditions and faults are not limited to the GSD--virtually every breed of dog can be affected by the majority of that list, and mixed breed dogs are not any less likely to be affected either, if both parents are carrying the genetics for the problem.
And for accuracy's sake, since it's hard to research something if you don't have the name right: the terms are von Willebrand's disease, and ankylosis.
Stop listening to the vets that are sucking money out of you, and listen to breeders of German Shepherds.
?? Isn't that sort of what started this whole discussion to begin with--the OP spoke with the breeders of her dog, and didn't like what they had to say? 'Cause what the OP seems to want to hear from someone is "Oh yes, send your poor allergic dog to me and I will care for her forever...", and that's not likely to happen here.
Unless, of course, mirasmom's home is open to the dog?
by mirasmom on 14 October 2011 - 11:03
If it were my dog I would take it back in a heart beat and care for him, not put him to sleep.
I only take back my responsibility not others, I'm not responsible for bringing that pup/dog into this world.
I may have worded that differently.....I understand there are people that take offense to the "It's just a dog" expression that are trading there adult dogs left & right, treating them as livestock, which I find disheartening.......actions do speak louder than words,
and this is just a dog forum...
thanks for the heads up on the spelling...
Maybe you should take him, as I seem to not care about him cause he's just a dog.....
by hexe on 14 October 2011 - 20:02
"I may have worded that differently.....I understand there are people that take offense to the "It's just a dog" expression that are trading there adult dogs left & right, treating them as livestock, which I find disheartening.......actions do speak louder than words,
and this is just a dog forum..."
So because SOME people who would claim offense to the 'just a dog' comment make a habit of "trading there adult dogs left & right, treating them as livestock, which I find disheartening", you don't think there's anything wrong with making that comment? 'Cause I find it just as offensive, and I'm sure not trading dogs or treating them as livestock (even though my livestock live better than most people's pets). I would suggest that you eliminate the phrase from your vocabulary, unless you fall into the same category of dog trading and puppy-farming as those whose practices you 'find disheartening'.
thanks for the heads up on the spelling...
You're welcome. Working in the field of veterinary medicine, I do find that owners very often don't have the correct name for a particular condition or disease, and this hinders their efforts to learn about the issue if they try researching it. It's especially problematic when there are two conditions that are close in name--one example is scrapie, which is a transmissable brain disease of sheep & goats; even people whose families have owned flocks for generations all too often refer to the disease as 'scabies', yet that's a parasitic infestation that we've managed to eradicate in the US ('eradicate' being a term used to describe the situation where we've been able to suppress a disease or parasite to a level where it is virtually unknown in the species it affects). Looking up 'scabies' isn't going to be helpful if your sheep are diagnosed with scrapie and you want more info...
"If it were my dog I would take it back in a heart beat and care for him, not put him to sleep.
I only take back my responsibility not others, I'm not responsible for bringing that pup/dog into this world."
"Maybe you should take him, as I seem to not care about him cause he's just a dog....."
Well, since I don't breed dogs, I don't have to limit myself to only taking in those whose existence I caused to occur--that's precisely WHY I don't breed dogs. There's simply too many out there already who are in dire need of good forever homes. I don't need to add to the supply, or fill up a home that might be suited for one of those dogs.
And I would have considered taking this dog--who's a bitch, btw, not a male--had I not just taken in the senior dog who was heading for euthanasia if a foster home couldn't be found (as posted here last month). Guess what? He's got discoid lupus, and develops calcinosis circumscriptus lesions; what do you think the chances are that he's a candidate for adoption? So here we are, better than $1000 of medical bills into him, and he's a very sweet fellow...so despite the fact that he wasn't 'my responsibility', he'll be staying here for the rest of his life, and he'll get the medical care he needs to keep him comfortable and happy for those years.
So no, I don't think you don't care about *her* because *she's* 'just a dog'...you've made it clear that your interest is lacking because she's not a dog that you brought to be. But I still believe that the comment, 'just a dog', is offensive and cruel, and has no place on a dog-centric forum such as this.
by gsdpartisan on 14 October 2011 - 21:12
|Minro-I feel so sorry for your girl.|
I have a dog with serious allergies (not a gsd) and have found that with a little work the allergies are manageable.
I know this might sound like a lot of work but after you set everything up the work only takes about 10 minutes a day.
Here are some suggestions:
by mirasmom on 14 October 2011 - 23:56
|Minro, gsdpartisan has some great tips that you should follow, even some if not all the tips should do something to relieve a part of the problem, make sure you write down what helped out the most so you don't forget.|
Hexe, I understand that the "Just a dog" expression is offensive, I do.
I was so very fed up with people tossing their dogs to the way side like they are trash.
I almost was saying that fraze to be on the same level as the poster.
I also am very careful about my grammar, but was to lazy to look up the correct spelling, call it phonics if you will, I have seen the diseases I have mentioned in my life time.
I have been breeding dogs since 1979, and before that I had been breeding rabbits, you can ask me anything about rabbits and I can answer them, I bred various varieties.
I breed German Shepherd Dogs so people can enjoy the companionship and loyalty of the breed, it was the second dog I had ever owned in my life.....my father brought my dog Max home one day and I now wonder if he had not won him in a card game.
Max was the most nervous neurotic dog I ever had, but he had an undying love for me that truly won me over.
Money cures nothing...I have a dog that was returned by an a----(can't put the word in writing..)
She put tons of money into training him and bringing him to vet appointments (some unnecessary), SHE NEVER EVER DISCIPLINED HIM FOR ANYTHING AND ALMOST RUINED HIM, DOGS LOVE BEING DOGS, IF YOU TRY TO MAKE THEM BECOME HUMANS THEY COME WITH THE BAGGAGE OF EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS THAT HUMANS BRING TO THE TABLE.
she wouldn't fax his medical record over to my vet, I am steaming......I now have to revaccinate a dog that is up to date with all his shots, I also found out he was neutered at 5 months, sickening to say the least.
I decided to keep him for the rest of his life, I feel that if he goes to another home that they won't understand him.
My husband and I wonder if they ever really loved him at any point in his life, as we are totally in love with him.
I am writing a book about him, I feel the need to inform the general population that the German Shepherd Dog is not a dog for everyone, he deserves respect and will give respect back ten fold!
Here he is on the left with his cousin Rollie after passing the therapy dog test.
His previous owner was going to put him to sleep, he's such a puppy at heart!
by mirasmom on 15 October 2011 - 00:12
Look into a non-grain dogfood, I feed Fromm Gold and that has grain in it and I have a dog that is having trouble with hot spots, she's chewing and itching, I think I may try feeding her a totally grain free diet and see what happens, I feed raw also but not all the time, I think your post may have also helped me out too,
Good luck and don't stop trying,
by Bhaugh on 17 October 2011 - 00:13
|As someone who does rescue, I would not take a dog with issues like this because the fact is, I would never be able to get the dog adopted. That "special" home is one that most likely would never materialize. I also understand the emotional and material drain dogs like this cause. No matter what anyone says on here, if you have reached your point of no return, then you have reached your point. The question is what to do now?|
You have 3 choice from what I can see. 1. Send the dog back. 2. Euthanize the dog. 3 Place the dog honestly. Those really are your 3 choices. I would ask however if you chose 3, please spay her so that no one takes advantage of her to breed puppies. If it were me, Id euthanize (only after I had exhausted all means). If you feel in you heart you have done EVERYTHING possible, then you have and the next person may not be so nice as to let her suffer. The breeder may not euthanize her as she said and rehome her. Ive had that happen and it was horrible. This way you know that it was done AND as a responsible pet owner you've taken responsibility for those hard decisions no one wants to take. If you just cant euth her, then send her back to the breeder. Placing her yourself isnt fair to the dog or to the new owner.
by Pirates Lair on 17 October 2011 - 00:46
|Bhaugh- Outstanding post|
by Bhaugh on 17 October 2011 - 01:02
|Thanks. Wish I could say I posted from Heresay but unfortunately I lived it.|