To recap - you're paying $1800 (which if I remember correctly is around the same price as reputable breeders in that area, it *might* be a little lower than them, BUT they give you NONE of what a reputable breeder does. They brag that none of their puppies have been returned due to a health problem but there are hundreds of threads about the deceptive and heartbreaking language in most BYB contracts because they KNOW an owner isn't going to comply. I'm betting their contract specifys that should a genetic condition be discovered (like dysplasia) that in order to receive a refund, the dog must also be returned. Imagine having a dog for months to years and after finding out they have a painful disease that could have been prevented by not breeding dysplastic dogs that in order to get a refund from the breeder you have to say goodbye to the dog that you've lovingly trained and raised and has become a part of your family? NO ONE IS GOING TO DO THAT.Puppy Payments
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Sterk Hart Tebow, our stud dog, has completed all of his health certifications - eyes, heart, hips and elbows. We are very pleased with his OFA "Good" hip rating. All females over two years of age in our breeding program have their OFA hip and elbow clearances or they are pending. With this parental certification, your puppy is destined to lead a happy and healthy life for many years to come! We have never had a puppy returned due to a health problem and credit this to our excellent breeding stock.
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IMHO, I would run. I would not take a free puppy from this kind of breeder.
First and foremost, health certifications are not what they should be. This breeder is claiming GRCA membership. That means every year they re-affirm their commitment to the breed and upholding the Code of Ethics for breeders that states hips and elbows tested at or after 24months, heart by a cardiologist at or after 12 months and eyes by an ophthalmologist be completed yearly and this all be submitted to an online database such as OFA. None of their dogs meet this standard of breeding. ]
So, I didn't catch that- but I just looked at my most recent roster- no Melissa Coleman is a GRCA member. I'll report the claim to the internet watchdogs. Just another deception.
Leslie- look at this one on k9data- the clearances are not linking and do not read as OFA even though the breeder input OFA-http://www.k9data.com/pedigree.asp?ID=331738
It's because the GDC hip score entry does not have a registration number and the name is spelled incorrectly in the OFA database: https://www.ofa.org/advanced-search?f=sr&appnum=921170
Nothing so far. I contacted a few breeders but haven't heard from any of them.
There are two within 50 miles of Madison- Sheila is no longer breeding and Susan has dogs who are not health cleared for anything, nor are actually ANY of the Mason's dogs (the dam of the litter's kennel name) holders of the core four clearances... I know you love your Acey boy, and he is cute as can be, but investing in another health risk is not a good idea from not only your perspective but also the perspective of the breeder- this 'less than' breeder is only being encouraged to continue when people give her their money for a less than product, since $1200 (per AKC) is about twice as much as they should be priced.Hello! I am a new member and would like to say that we were fortunate to find an excellent breeder in the Florida area. We are picking up our 2nd puppy from her in a few weeks. AKC website, she is located in Madison, Florida. You will be happy you found her!