Warning - read the contact before buying a puppy/dog. I have been looking at dog web sites and reading the contracts. Some contracts are so unfair to the dog and the new owner. After reading the contract go to google and check the facts. Don't make the dog pay for your lazyness. If a genetic condition isn't covered by a refund, look some place else for a puppy.
I will never again buy a puppy without first seeing the home, the sire, dam, and the breeders.
I know this isn't possable for everyone so please read and research before getting a puppy/dog.
Male dogs don't take a year for their testicles to drop and patella luxation in small dogs is mostly genetic.
There are different grades of Patella Luxation from not being able to support any weight and crab crawling, to having NO physical symtoms or treatment recommended at all.
In fact with a few SIMPLE exercises I have seen puppies that have had to crab walk build their muscles enough to hold in the socket, and they lead healthy NORMAL lives with out a $2000-4000 surgery. Yet most vet won't show owners what to do, because they rather line their pockets with a fairly SIMPLE procedure of deepening the joint sockets.
Patella luxation is fairly common in small dogs. In fact problems can happen in ANY puppy or dog, even if the parents are genetic tested for everything. Why? Because they are a living thing, and recessive---OR RANDOM-- problems can pop up. If you want a dog that never gets sick or never dies, maybe you need to get a stuffed one.
Boxers are like cookies you can't have just one :)
Oh so clever. Wrong though, some males do have trouble with their testicles dropping and it can take up to year for it to actually happen. If it hasn't happened by then it probably won't happen and sugery is required. And YES luxatating patellas are very very common in small breeds no matter if the parents were made of gold or not.
Contracts should be researched and if you don't like it you don't buy from them. Its your choice. Do your homework.
I was going to say the same thing about the males.. I actually brought a cat in for a neuter and had to pay an extra $60 because one of his testicles had dropped and one didn't.. So really I guess it was a neuter AND a spay.. Well, sort of :) I would think the same thing can happen in any animal.. You can't guarantee everything.. Just like you can't garantee that you won't have a child with a disability.. But it IS important to do your research and to breed for the betterment of breeds.. To have the damn and sire checked and certified.. All that good stuff :)
What is wrong with warning people about the contract? Whenever you buy anything you should read the fine print. The only way to make a breed better is to weed out the bad ones. Sorry if that hurts too many feelings (pockets).
One of my males had a problem with one of his testicles and I can tell you I went to a very good Vet (besides several crappy ones before I found a good one) to see if he needed to be snipped and it doesn't take a year to find this out. The breeder would have taken him back and given me a refund if I wanted that. And tecticle problems are not uncommon in dogs, but you don't continue to breed the same sire and dam to each other and you don't breed a dog who only has one testicle either. My dogs testicle was playing hide and seek. It did stay down, but we had to work at it because once the doughnut shaped muscle closes with the testicle up you can't get it back down and the only surgery should be neutering the dog. The breeder no longer is breeding the sire to this dam, just to be on the safe side. And this dog will not be breed.
As for a patella luxation I said it is mostly genetic when seen in small dogs. Again if you have this problem in you lines get rid of it. Stop breeding dogs with this problem because the Vet bills are not fair for people looking for a good dog. Not only the bills, but when your dog is suffering most pet owners suffer a great amount of stress and sadness.
My neighbor just bought a Yorkie puppy that is blind in one eye from birth and the other eye can not be helped by surgery. He will be blind in both eyes. Did they plan to have a blind dog for the next 12 to 15 years? The answer is no. They are going to keep the puppy because they love it, but the sire and dam need to stop being breed to each at the least. The breeder did offer to give them back their money or pay the Vet bills. They declined both (breeders should still offer). It makes the buyer feel like the breeder cares as much for the dog as you the owner do, considering a lot of the problems are found by the Vet in one or two visits (3 weeks) means the breeder should be more attached to the puppy that they planned and raised for 8 to 12 weeks.
People interested in getting a puppy talk to several Vets, read all you can about the breed, and ask as many questions as needed from as many different sources as possible. There are breeders who care and if you talk to one and they say why should I test my dogs when no one else does go some place else. Why pay top dollar for a dog that you could have got at the rescue for less money and many have had a lot of test done (health and temperment) to make sure the dog fits into your home and has a life long home? A lot of shelters offer one month of free pet insurance.
Should I be the one with a stuffed dog or should you?
Just to get off subject for a second, but Alicat, do you know what the exercises are for the patella luxation? I have a baby yorkie/pom mix and he doesn't have problems, but just in case, I'd really love to know what to do.
I need to make a video of it. I could show you, but it is hard to explain what to do. Basically it is stretching and extending the back legs. You do that for a couple minutes at a time, as much as you can through the day. I will tell you, with the puppies I was talking about.... they couldn't walk from birth, and if these puppies didn't need surgery, I think a lot of pups wouldn't need the surgery.
Boxers are like cookies you can't have just one :)