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OK, any time I see a breeder associated with "Next Day Pets" I get worried. Next there is no mention of them health testing their breeders. (they should have radiographs of hips, elbows and patellas after the age of two, eyes checked (CERF) annually, heart checked, results recorded with OFA) many also do liver and thyroid panels. I'm not saying they don't do it, but their prices look too low to me, and most good breeders are proud that their dogs are health tested, and say so on the web site. Next is that mixed breed puppy. Breeders who maintain more than one breed need to MAKE SURE this doesn't happen!!! Even if it was an "oops" (in fairness, it might well have been) IMO, they should just be looking for a good home for that puppy, not selling it as a "Havabolo"!
Finally is the contract. Basically, there's nothing in there to protect the buyer. Unless your puppy develops a genetic disorder AND it is serious enough to be life threatening, AND it happens before the puppy is 14 months old, you're out of luck. (remember that x-rays on dogs used for breeding can't be taken BEFORE they are 2 years old... there is a reason for that!) Even if something horrible happens to the puppy, you are stuck holding the bag with all the vet bills, and they will (hopefully) give you another one within 9 months. (Oh, but YOU have to pay to go get it or have it shipped) What a deal. This is one of those contracts that may sound like a "guarantee", but they guarantee nothing of value. If your darling puppy needs patella surgery at 12 months, and is hopping around on 3 legs, you're going to go ahead and pay for his surgery... not send him back to the breeder and ask "for another puppy, please."
If I were you, I'd keep looking. I KNOW there are good, reputable breeders out there. You might have to get on a waiting list for a puppy, but it will be worth the wait!
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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