A dog can have distichiasis and still be CERF cleared as normal. I guess it's because it's not as dangerous as othery other eye disorders, like say, progressive retinal atrophy or entropion.
Dogs can have it to varying degrees, for example our Akita like 2 hair strands on one of her eyes, and they never caused/cause her any discomfort at all. Some times the hairs are soft and the dog doesnt' even notice them> Other times, the hairs are stiff and hard, and actually scratch the cornea, causing irritation and blurred vision.
PUppies can be CERF cleared at very young ages (I've seen the dog opthamologist examine dogs younger than 8 weeks), so the degree of distichiasis could be checked before the dog ever came home.
Pet quality cocker spaniels from breeders who show run about $500-600 from waht I've heard, and show quality ones cost $1000+. Don't quote me, the price may vary from one breeder to another, this is just my gestimation from certain sources.
I think going to shows would be one of your better bets. Litters from show dogs do have pet quality pups, not just confirmation pups. They aren't all show prospects. I know you don't want to spend an arm and a leg. But, you would be better off spending a little more for a good quality pup whose parents have had all the necessary health checks rather then not. Vet bills add up.
***Edited By: irishacres on 12/14/2006 5:56:30 PM*** Reason: revised
Ummm, dogs don't get nappy from not being shaved down.
Dogs get nappy when you don't keep up on the grooming.
Of course when someone doesn't do their part and keep on top of grooming, the dog should be shaved down or find a dog with a different coat type for the dogs sake. It is cruel to make a dog uncomfortable out of laziness.
But calling them all "nappy" looking just proves you've never seen a well groomed/bred cocker.
***Edited By: pope1982 on 12/14/2006 10:58:26 PM*** Reason: ...
Check out the breeder, that's the most important thing. I purchased a puppy on-line and had it flown from OK to Ohio. The puppy made the flight in good condition. The problem was the breeder, she would not respond to any of my e-mail requests for the registration papers for months, her phone was disconnected and she would not respond to security dept. at web site she was on or the On Line BBB. So do your homework! The real kicker is : she is on this site!
I didnt come here to argue. I personaly think they look nappy, nappy as in the way my head looks when i dont have it strightened, nappy as in My brothers face is nappy.
ria20772 Im glad you found a local place. I honestly think its safer you will be able to go there personay to check things out, they will be close if you need them (puppy ends up with bad hips ect) and yo udont ahve to worry about what could happen to your puppy on the way to you. Good luck keep us updated.
Personally i would rather spend more money from the right breeder that does all the health tests that should be done for the breed, than to save 300 buck only to have to spend 3000 later in vet bills for a health problem.
I guess I'm just feeling down and cynical today, but I've heard of so many times, when it comes down to the guarantee, out comes the excuses. You fed the dog the wrong food, you gave the dog too much exercise, etc.
Send the dog back at your cost, I will apply a portion to a new dog I pick out and you pay shipping again, etc.
Seems like the guarantee isn't worth the paper it's written on a lot of times.
I won't be breeding anymore. The male I bought has a bad bite so he can't be bred. I have found him a nice home, he will be the much loved only pet, neutered.
We are worried about spaying the girls, we lost one dog to a botched spay job.
I recently purchased a Papillon from a breeder in Oklahoma, I am in Ohio. My husband and I were going to drive there, take a vacation and pick up our puppy. Well something came up and we could not go, so she was shipped. I was comfortable with this as the breeder had asked me a lot of questions, did a vet check on me and gave me his vet's phone number without any problems. I picked the dog up at Cincinnati Airport and she was just laid back in the crate, like she didn't have a care in the world. The breeder and I have now become online buddies. He gets on me about sending pictures of the dog and asking for updates. You just need to be care for the one you choose on line and most important for me is to follow my gut instinct.