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Old 01-23-2013, 10:29 AM
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New puppy walking funny - should we still adopt her?

I was just contacted by my breeder because the 6.5 week old goldendoodle puppy I plan to take home soon has been walking a little funny. The breeder took her to the vet who said her hips felt normal and that it was likely something she would grow out of. According the breeder she looks a little like a cow from the back when she walks, but has no pain and no trouble running. We have been given the option to take a different pup from the litter, although we would prefer to take home this pup as long as we aren't knowingly signing up for a lifetime of surgery, medication, and a shorter than expected life span. Anyone seen this type of walk early in life and either saw the pup grow out of it or end up with bigger issues later?
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:39 AM
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Personally I would ask for x-rays to be taken before purchasing this puppy. Perhaps even have your trusted vet take a look (if you have one).

You may also want to find out if the parents have been tested for hip dysplasia. This would require x-rays having been taken and sent of for OFA or PennHIP evaluations. The breeder's vet cannot do this. They can feel hips and even take the x-rays but he/she cannot actually give the evaluation and test restults. It has to be done by the OFA or PennHIP.

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Old 01-23-2013, 10:44 AM
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Thank you this is very helpful! I know she is going back to the vet tomorrow for the first set of shots and I'll be speaking with the vet today so will definitely bring up x-rays and further evaluation.

I do know that both parents have tested negatively for hip dysplasia (I'm very confident in the breeder's thoroughness and believe her when she says this) but I also know it can skip a generation and also worry that it could be a different type of hip issue. Her plan at this time is to keep this pup for herself should we decide to get a different one so she at least seems confident that it won't be a long-term issue.
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Get the testing done by your vet-at her cost. I wouldn't just trust the word of the breeder...sorry. I tend to be skeptical like that esspecially from a breeder of "doodles"... Ask for the papers from her parents testing as well.


Ps. Personal pet peeve of mine- no offense but it's not adopting if you are buying from a breeder.


Keep us posted on how it turns out.
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Its so hard, I know, because you are already attached to this pup. If there is anything wrong with the pup, and it certainly sounds like there is, if the breeder is admitting it right now, then IMO, you should not be paying for this puppy.

If you still want him, the breeder would be very fortunate to be able to Give this puppy to you, rather than have to put him down.

Expect medical bills.
Expect to love him.
Your life will be both enriched, and somewhat more painful, if you decide to take him on.
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And if you do have him become a family member, VPI and ASPCA insurance is a really good idea if you have suspicions...about a buck a day....make sure it covers genetic disorders/illnesses... insurance saved us over 3, 000 for one incident....
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And if you do have him become a family member, VPI and ASPCA insurance is a really good idea if you have suspicions...about a buck a day....make sure it covers genetic disorders/illnesses... insurance saved us over 3, 000 for one incident....
VPI wouldn't cover Kabota's hip because it was already diagnosed.

You really should not take this puppy. Doodle breeders are, by definition, not ethical. And, if they were ethically breeding, they'd know the grandparents and greatgrandparents' hip scores.

ETA: I may, in about 18 months from now, be getting a German Shepherd from a breeder I know. I was able to look up the hip scores several generations back with no problem for both the dam and the 3 proposed sires. If it's not that easy, it's not ethical breeding.
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Please, please reconsider getting this puppy. I cringe when I read that you said this was a breeder. Whether it be hips, being cow hocked, she is breeding pups with problems.
I hope you will spend some time reading about back yard breeders. As I hope you know, that a labrdoodle in a designer dog, and bred to no standards set by the AKC, or any other association. So it is willy-nilly to what you are going to end up with.
I hope you have approached several rescue groups in your area.
There just might be that special little friend sitting there waiting for you.
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Hi Everyone,

Thanks so much for your advice and guidance. In the end it was the breeder's recommendation that we choose a different puppy. It is still too early to tell if this is a true issue or just something she will grow out of therefore she felt like we would be better off with a puppy that has a guaranteed clean bill of health. The vet/breeder are less concerned about dysplasia than another type of issue, but felt it was better to be safe than sorry. The breeder is going to keep the pup for herself as a companion.

One thing I want to make clear - regardless of whether you agree with this type of breeding, I am extremely confident in the ethics of this breeder. She could have sold this puppy to me without me noticing the issue (as it is very slight) and I'd be none the wiser. Even if I had gotten her home and had her checked by a vet who said an issue was present - would I really have been able to take her back? Instead she is giving me the puppy she planned to keep for herself to ensure that we don't end up with a harder than necessary journey.

And yes, we could have adopted from a shelter, but in our area shelters only really have adult dogs or dogs from puppy mills (which really is asking for some bad breeding). As a first-time dog owner I want to know to be able to know and raise her from a puppy. If you don't agree with this you are welcome to keep your comments to yourself - As my mother always said, if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all
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Good luck with your puppy.

However, saying that this breeder is ethical is like saying a man is nice because he didn't rob you when you were passed out drunk. That's just bare minimum good behavior, not a reason to admire someone.
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