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Old 18-03-2017, 07:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

We recently went to see a lovely lab bitch pup and after more research have thrown up the following questions....

Is a dome head in puppies normal of working breeds, and will soon disappear with age?

And although the pups are KC registered, no health checks been done for them or the parents. Is it worth spending the 200 at the vets to get the pup checked, if we don't know the parental history for hips, eyes etc.?

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Old 18-03-2017, 08:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Walk away. These clearly are breeders who don't give a monkeys. There are so many well bred litters, with health checked parents, that's it's not worth lining the pockets of back yard breeders.

Walk away...now!
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I'm with the others, walk away I say.

When looking for a puppy please do your research before visiting any litters. Make sure breeders do all recomended health tests on the dam and make sure stud has been fully tested too.

I always check through the pedigree and look at as many dogs as possible, I also check EBV's and inbreeding coefficency.

Do not fall for the 'health eating isn't needed, they're just pets etc' there's far too many backyard breeders out there, please do not buy a pup from one!
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Hello and thank you all for your replies,

We are just starting out looking for a family pet and I was keen to get a dog from someone I knew, rather than just a random gumtree post. These puppies were breed because the owners wanted another bitch from the mum as she was such a nice dog, so are not breeders as such.They have young children, so are well handled. I have seen the parents and there are no visible health issues - but then I started my research and started to worry.

Lots to think about,
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Hello and thank you all for your replies,

We are just starting out looking for a family pet and I was keen to get a dog from someone I knew, rather than just a random gumtree post. These puppies were breed because the owners wanted another bitch from the mum as she was such a nice dog, so are not breeders as such.They have young children, so are well handled. I have seen the parents and there are no visible health issues - but then I started my research and started to worry.

Lots to think about,
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Even if someone only ever has one litter, they are still breeders. The ones here don't sound very responsible at all and I would seriously walk away.

There is no excuse to do not relevant health tests on breeding dogs and if not done then guaranteed they are doing it purely for the money, no exceptions.

There are so many good breeders out there, please don't go to any irresponsible ones.

There are loads of places to look for a puppy and gumtree isn't one of them.
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so are not breeders as such
Anyone who breeds a litter is a breeder!

And whether they breed because they want to keep a puppy or not at least they should know enough to ensure as far as possible that the pups will be born healthy. That means hip, elbow scoring and eye screening as an absolute minimum. But preferable at least one out of the sire and dam DNA tested clear for PRA, CNM and EIC. Lets face it, if they intend keeping a pup they would not want it to go blind, or develop hip dysplasia, yet they have not taken even the basic steps to try to ensure that wont happen!

As to head shape, the head can change shape quite a lot during the first few weeks. Obviously though I cant say the head shape of these pups is ok without seeing them.

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