This is not totally on topic, but it popped into my head so...
You know I'm not a HUGE fan of the whole "replacement puppy" idea. I know in some cases where it's a fluke birth defect that surfaces and if the breeder can offer a puppy from unrelated parents it might be worth it, but overall, who wants a replacement puppy from a breeder that gave them a defective puppy to start with?
Think about it. If you get a puppy that needs replacing because it was infested with parasites or had a respitory infection what makes you think you'd get a replacement puppy of better quality/care? If the puppy has a genetic defect then WHY would you want a replacement from the same parents or line? To chance having to deal with the whole process over again?
I used to say "replacement puppy" until my whole Giardia experience. I couldn't get monetary compensation from the breeder. What I really wanted was for them to cover some of the vet bills - even if it was just what their vet would have charged them. Instead, my only option was a "replacement puppy" and me crossing my fingers that she was healthy enough for me to turn around and place with someone else (after I verified she was healthy/parasite free).
Now, I have a 2 year guarantee that covers any defect (genetic or random birth defect) that would require treatment or surgery that exceeds the cost of the dog ($500). I give the person the choice of a replacement puppy or money back. Truthfully, if I was looking at a genetic defect, since my lines are really tight (I have a lot of siblings and have daughters from most of my males - I don't inbreed, but since 2 of my males are brothers and the other male has a sister and daughters here AND a couple of my females are sets of sisters...) if I see a defect I'm scrapping my whole breeding program and having to start over - so giving someone their money back would be the least of my worries.
I know some breeders say replacement puppy to cover their own butts because there are dishonest people who will try and get a free dog out of you by making something up. My policy is that I don't do anything unless my vet has verified the condition or if the person chooses to keep the dog, until the treatment has been completed.
I just don't think "replacement puppies" are an option once you've had a negative experience with a breeder. If the breeder does everything in their power to help you, then maybe I'd consider it - but in the OP's case I don't know if I'd want to risk a "replacement puppy".
if i was her i would get my money back and go some where else to purchase my dog that i could see and no the guarntees but i would think that $500 for a half breed is a little steep anyway getting another one from the same place is proberly going to be the same thing just my opinion
I would be VERY suspicious about a breeder that did not take a client on a tour of the facilities and show a client all the dogs they own. I take clients out to my barn to see my horse and barn kitties. I have nothing to hide and if I were you, I'd call the county sheriff out there for a welfare check and yes they will do welfare checks on animals, and if abuse or sick animals are found, they get the ASPCA out there to confiscate them and charge the owners with cruelty.
Abbylynne, if you are going to breed, you are going to see issues now and then.
NO dog is free of genetic trash. You only get to see what is expressed. If it's not expressed, and/or we don't have an available test for it, you'll never know it's there.
This is one reason why line breeding and to a certain extent in breeding is done by experienced breeders in many domestic animals. It is a way to get the genes to "link up", or cause things to be expressed, so that you can either select to keep it, or select not to keep it.
Having an issue come up is no reason most of the time to scrap any breeding program. You examine it, try to find out where it came from, and breed away from it.
Redyre - 100% agree with you. Mother Nature isn't always nice to us - and not every defect that can come up is genetically linked OR dominant.
When I said I would be scrapping my program should I see a defect - I should have specified GENETIC/obviously inherited. 2 of my 3 males are brothers. I have daughters I've kept from all three (obviously I breed them to the unrelated male). I have several sets of sisters, etc... So if especially if I saw more than one occurance of something I'd have to start thinking it was genetically linked and consider whether I should be using anything from that line. Though I do agree that sometimes it's just the combination of breeding two dogs that presents problems.
And I also agree with the positive aspects of line breeding. I have a couple of dogs I line breed and I'm more happy with their puppies than with most of my outcrossings - but you do have to know what you're line breeding on when you choose to do this.
My point was more that a good quality breeder isn't going to see A LOT of problems (of course the occasional one will come up since we aren't God) - and I think from the buyer's end that a replacement puppy isn't always the more agreeable option. But it is really the individual breeder choice. I think if you can provide a puppy from different parents then it isn't a big deal. I don't think it would be acceptable to replace the puppy with one from the same parents though.
Redyre - I enjoy your opinions. :) They make me go back and re read what I wrote to see where I wasn't clear enough in what I meant - and they also make me think. Only good can come from that! That's why I visit this forum. Keeps my brain working...