Join Date: Jun 2017
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"Reputable" breeder who tests but ignores results!
The "reputable" breeder search can be so frustrating. I found breeder who is active in the regional breed club and HCA they were listed on the breeder referral page. I checked their site and found they had just had a litter and the pups were adorable (of course) one was exactly what I had hoped for. After some back and forth, the one I had hoped for became available! Yay right? Not so fast.
I admittedly had my guard down a little bit based on club affiliation, but before jumping in and sending off a deposit I reminded myself to take a breath and confirm the health testing of the parents. Well it all looked good on OFFA except the Dam's hip score was missing, she did have LCP clearance though. I asked the breeder and they replied that the Dam had "mild hip dysplasia" showing in her X-rays submitted to OFFA at 2 years old and they bred her anyway. They maintain it is "not a big deal" in a small breed like the Havanese. It is a big deal to me, it is just not a risk I want to take with a heritable condition. I don't understand why they'd do the health testing, ignore a bad result and breed anyway! I thought the point of testing was to reduce/eliminate these problems.
Just venting and reminding everyone to make sure you see test results on OFFA's site with your own eyes before commiting to a breeder or pup.