Breeder Contracts: Breeder & Puppy Owner Obligations
By Dennis Guldan
Recently I read your article about xxx Kennels and xxx xxxx.
I had heard good things about xxx as well, and last spring purchased
a dog from them. Our dog, Spot, is wonderful companion and has
been a joy to have around the house and in the field. I'm writing
to you however to share with you a side of xxx that is not shared
in your article that I think you should also know about. My intent
is not to slander xxxx as their reputation certainly can stand
on it's own merit, but our experience has been less than satisfying
with xxx, and I really struggled with how we were treated by
them after reading your article.
As I mentioned, we purchased our dog from xxx in the spring.
Soon after we brought her home we noticed that she was having
some bladder issues. We took her to the breeder's veterinarian
and went through a number of treatments to try and solve the
problem, unfortunately to no avail. Spot's trainer, suggested
we get a second opinion of the problem. Ultimately, the lab results
and tests were referred to the University Veterinary School for
evaluation. Spot was diagnosed with Eptopic Ereter which is a
genetic trait defect. The diagnosis was confirmed by ours and
the breeders Veterinary clinics. Spot was released from University
today after yesterday's surgery and the prognosis is very good.
After the initial diagnosis two weeks ago, my wife and I contacted
xxx to explain the situation to them. Our purpose in doing so
was two fold: First to alert them to this genetic flaw in the
dogs that they are breeding, and secondly to find out what if
anything would be in a position to do for us with regard to warranting
the dog. We felt that since we paid a premium for the dog, that
xxx would stand behind their breeding process. Xxx refused to
accept any responsibility for the dog, and would not entertain
any options other than destroying the animal and giving us a
new puppy! I was appalled at the response and the callousness
of their answer. Spot has become part of our family, how would
we explain this to our young boys who have bonded with her for
over 6 months? Not to mention that we have over $600 in training
costs and our veterinary bills for this are in excess of $2,000.
While we were not expecting xxx to pay any portion of those bills,
we did expect that they may concede all or part of the money
that they charged us for the dog. Not only were they insensitive
but they were down right rude.
Both the AKC and several local breeders including the females
owner were shocked that xxx was not in a position to work with
us on this.
The worst part was xxx's apparent failure to acknowledge that
the problem even existed! It was up to me to contact the females
owner to let her know that continued breeding of the dog may
result in a prob