To the breeder of the average dog, nothing special except "he's a great pet". The dog who has a caution sticker on her file at the vet, and refuses to let any male doctors examine her. The dog with a "skin" condition that has been going on for months, but you attribute to being pregnant. Ode to the breeder of semi perfection, and air tight contracts that protect you.
And then Karma got her revenge.......
We have a regular client that breeds English Bulldogs, she has been using us for about 2-3 yrs now. Her dogs are average.... a couple are below average, and yet she manages to sell the puppies for $800 a piece. Her contracts are a little pathetic. The maximum she gives is 1yr against anything congentital. So anywho she shows up the other day, dog in labor. After the c-section of some very LARGE puppies it became aparent that the artificial insemination which we performed did not take, these puppies were 1) too big and 2) had tails...... once she saw them the truth came out, the puppies were part St. Bernard! She had caught the two locked together shortly after the insemination. So now she has spent $300 on the AI and $800 on a c-section and has puppies that she will be lucky to sell for $100 a piece. Must love Karma!
Awesome post Becka! And good points Razz and Juno. It really bugs me when the AVMA will speak out against docking/cropping, but they look the other way when vets don't recommend the proper health tests before breeding. Don't get me started on the ones that work w/ petstores and puppymills.