I am considering getting an adorable Cocker Spaniel puppy. The breeder was honest and told me that she took him to two different vets on his grade 2/3 loose knee. One said he would be fine and grow out of it, the other said he will not need surgery but it is the bone and will never go away. My question is should I get this puppy? Is the knee a big deal? He comes from great stock and has the most beautiful markings. Should I discount the pup just because he's got a bum knee!
I personally would not get it.Dont get it with the intentions of breeding either.One of my cockers is FULL of health problems.Like a heart murmer,broekn knee,arthitis,thyroid problem,skin condition,ear infections,food allergies and thats just to name a few.Plz do not breed it.If you just want a pet look into rescue plz.LOTS of cockers are inrescue all the time.Puppies to seniors! I adopted both of mien and they are the best behaved dogs ever.
If you intend the dog for a pet and you are 100% sure what you are getting into, then go ahead and get the pup. Just be prepared for the condition to worsen just to be on the safe side, and know that as the dog ages the possibility of surgery does exist as the adult weight is reached.
However, if you're looking for a dog you can breed in the future, don't get the puppy. with the insane amoount of health and temperament problems cocker spaniels have, there is no need to travel down that road with a dog you already know has a structural problem, not when bone conformation is highly inheritable.
if you intended to buy this pup with the intention of breeding her/him i would walk away. if you intend this pup to be only a pet then i would ask the breeder to come down in purchase price because it is a very real possibilty you will be spending ~1000 to have that knee fixed as the pup gets older. i have only seen one dog with a severe luxating patella problem go without surgical correction. the dog, a poodle, eventually walked on its knees because its legs were so bad. the owners hemmed and hawwed about having the surgery done. when the dog started walking on its knees they decided to do it. unfortunately the dog died under anesthesia due to its heart issue.