I just got a puppy from a breeder that I have been having multiple problems with. This is the 3rd puppy we have got from them because the first two puppies both had hereditary problems. We got this dog and got it home and noticed on the papers it said "Conditional" above the AKC Registration. Also, the dog is supposed to be an English Bulldog but he looks like an American Bulldog - has long legs, thin and has a long nose. He looks absolutely nothing like the parents pictures that they sent us. I called AKC and asked what the "conditional" meant and they said it meant somewhere in his lineage it isn't verified. When I contacted the breeder they were very hateful and said that they have both of the parents and he is an English Bulldog. Shouldn't this have been told to the buyer before we found it on our own? Is this a common thing? I'm tired of dealing with this breeder but I feel like they have been very dishonest with us. I don't know if I should push the issue or not. I feel like I paid for a dog with full AKC registration and now his papers are messed up - not to mention his looks. Any advice?
I feel like I paid for a dog with full AKC registration and now his papers are messed up
Do you really mean FULL registration? Meaning that you intend to breed this dog? If so, you need to rethink the whole breeding issue. You simply cannot build your breeding program on an animal that came from a breeder that you do not trust. It would be better to walk away from that breeder and never look back.
I have a dog for which I plan to get LIMITED registration. That means he will never have offspring that can be registered. I don't plan to show him or breed him, but I may enter AKC events (other than confirmation). If all you need is a pet, limited registration is all the more you need.
I'm not familiar with CONDITIONAL registration. I agree -- that sounds shady all around.
Oh -- and BTW -- the breeder shouldn't be getting angry at YOU. It's the AKC that calls their breeding into question. That's the AKC's job, after all.
I've never used it, but I do know someone who has...
OP, you received a replacement for the first puppy and now you have a third puppy. These are obviously not reputable "breeders", for lack of a better word. You can contact AKC and file a complaint with them. It will be on their record permanently. I am regularly inspected by AKC and I am positive that if I ever had one filed against me, I would be well informed about it.
The best advice I can give you is love and enjoy this puppy. Make him special to your family and hopefully everything will work out for you. I am truly sorry this happened to you and I wish you the best of luck!
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