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Another Buyer Cheated by Omega Shepards
Posted by CW11 on 06/18/2006
WASHINGTON -- After reading these reviews I've learned I wasn't the only person stung by Omega Shepards and their unethical business practices. When we picked up our German Shepherd pup from the airport at 4 months, his ears were flat. Having owned and bred German Shepherds for years, I immediately called and let her know the puppy's ears weren't up and I was very concerned I had received a faulty dog. However, I was assured the dog's ears would come up and was given the sales pitch about the quality about her dogs. Well, not surprisingly, at one year the dog's ears were still flat. I was told "that's tough luck." Eventhough you can be quite certain she knew the dog's ears would never stand up when she shipped the puppy to me. In summary, as you've seen in many other consumer reviews, Omega lies and DOES NOT stand behind their dogs. Please do the German Shepherd breed a service and don't send them your business.
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Posted by CobraCat77 on 2006-06-18:
How about do a favor to the thousands of dogs put down each day and not buy pure breds at all?
Posted by Doc J on 2006-06-18:
You make a good point CC77. But, the poster states he/she is a breed-specific enthusiast. The dog may have been purchased for breeding, or for no other purpose than the poster enjoys quality Alsatians. I've had show quality Shepards, Rotties, and now rescue Greyhounds (my house is like a kennel). I know that failure for this breed's ears to stand, in addition to poor genetics, may be caused by poor handling of a pup's head (breaking the underlying support tissues). The best reason to avoid shoddy kennels...their mistreatment of their breeding stock. Good post.
Posted by tander on 2006-06-18:
Stay away from back yard breeders too. I learned the hard way after buying a boxer puppy from a pet shop, he's cost me a lot of money, but he's better with me than stuck in a petshop!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-06-18:
I just looked at their website. They look like a german shepherd rescue, masked as a breeder. I would call you local animal shelter and see if they can assist your complaint. Properly trained German Shepherd dogs are my favorite, but also pomeranians.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-06-19:
When it comes to pure breds, I like German Rye a lot.
Posted by Caithness on 2008-10-02:
I have an issue with the above statement:

"When we picked up our German Shepherd pup from the airport at 4 months, his ears were flat. Having owned and bred German Shepherds for years, I immediately called and let her know the puppy's ears weren't up and I was very concerned I had received a faulty dog."

Any person who has been around German Shepherds "for years" know that as the puppy goes through puppyhood and teething, the ears go up, come down, go up, come down, etc. At six months of age, my puppy's ears had gone up and come down at least four times before finally standing erect. I am sorry that your Shepherd's ears did not stand up; however, just because a puppy's ears are up or down doesn't mean they will stay that way through puppyhood.

I also looked at their website after finding someone online trying to sell a three year old female they purchased from this breeder for $1200 stating they bought her as a puppy for $2000. First of all, I think anyone who buys a puppy from this breeder for $2000 is out of their mind.

At first glance, their breeding dogs look impressive until you realize that the information provided for each dog is that of its sire or dam NOT of the dog itself.

"So and so is the DAUGHTER of 3x ScH-3, etc." It doesn't say ANYTHING about ANY of their dogs actually HAVING titles or training for any particular skill. There was one dog whose information says, "in training for Schutzhund." Well heck, I could train my dog sit and stay and say it's "in training" for obedience competitions and never actually compete.

I see no OFA ratings on any of the dogs, and, for the most part, it looks like a mom and pop breeding program with older dogs.

I have read other complaints about this breeder on other websites as well, and all I can say is "get everything in writing." If you are concerned about your puppy's ears standing, have it in writing, a clause about the puppy's ears. Concerned about hips? Have it in writing. MAKE the breeder put it IN writing, and both of you retain copies of SIGNED agreements.
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Do Not Buy From These People!
Posted by Fugitive98 on 09/06/2005
CLANCY, MONTANTA -- on 08/02/05 I contacted Omega Shepherds about purchasing a dog from them. I was told they did have one available and went to look at the dog. We were informed the price was $4500 and was worth it because of the dogs pedigree and training. We were told the dog was good with people and kids, was house broken, and had basic obedience training. We left without the dog that day. We called leah and julie andersen on 08/03/05 and told them we would like to purchase the dog, however we only had $3000. They agreed to take the $3000 and take payments on the remaining balance. We signed a contract to that effect and met them in Helena at valley farms to complete the transaction. The next day the dog barked at my oldest son and kept him from coming upstairs. The day after that he did the same thing to my youngest child. We called leah and she said "we must have done something to the dog" We informed her that we had not and asked for a refund. She said she would take the dog back, but would not refund our money. We contacted a dog trainer to help us and did get the dogs to leave the children alone, but the dog continued to have problems with people around town. This whole time the dog had "accidents" on our carpet 4 times a day every day. This dog would not stop jumping on people and would not come when called. We once again complained to omega Shepherds and were told it was our fault. We had only had the dog for a week and every behavior this 6 month old dog had was our fault. We came to find out that the only "obedience" training this dog had was heel and sit. Other than that it knew nothing. We were lied to about the dogs demeanor, training, and social level. Nothing they told us was true. We have since had to give up and give the dog back to them for the safety of our family. We were threatened that if we told anyone anything by Julie Andersen that she had a friend who was a lawyer and a judge that had one of her dogs and they would sue us. Every phone call we made we were told we were stupid and treating the dog badly.
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Posted by thor250 on 2005-09-07:
$3k for a dog? Go to an animal shelter, they have very docile animals and you will pay about $100-this includes everything. That is where I got my 2 dogs and my cat and they are very lovable, I have never had any problems. I wouldn't give them up for a million.
Posted by AZJEM on 2005-09-07:
You didn't say in your post but I am assuming they will replace the dog with another one. At 6 months old a dog has developed it's temperment, it's likes and dislikes. Some bad habits can be broken but the dog is either lovable or not. It looks like you can probably afford to have a lawyer look at your purchase contract to see if there are any loopholes in the agreement. I can understand you wanting a dog with a sweet disposition when you have kids. Good Luck.
Posted by KateM on 2005-09-13:
The next time your going to take on such a responibility maybe you better be more prepared. Didn't you take your kids with you to meet the dog? Didn't you interact with the dog to see his personality and training? It doesnt take long to realize that a dog isnt trained. To me this all seems like ignorance on your part. The saddest part of all of this is that you taught your kids to be irrisponisble too. Having pets is a big responsibility one that you need to be commited to and I'm so tired of hearing stupid lazy fat asses pawn off the poor animals to the shelter because they were to stupid and ignorant to realize they shouldt have a pet. Here's hoping you dont get any more animals!
Posted by Amy123 on 2005-09-26:
Hey, don't be so hard on these people. I know first hand that Omega Shepherds can scam even the smartest people. They misrepresent their dogs quite often. Right now they are trying to resell this dog as "good in the house" and "trained"! They are very carefull on how they do this and what they put in writing.

Have you read about another couple who bought their dog from Omega Shepherds? The dogs legs are turned out and it can't run for more than a few minutes without being completely exausted. It has serious problems. Have they gotten their money back? No, Omega says it is the buyers fault!!! How could that be true, THIS DOG WAS BORN LIKE THIS!

Omega Shepherds will not stand behind their dogs!

Also there are reasons to pay $3000+ for a good German Shepherd. A well bred German Shepherd and one that is not carefully bred are like night and day. Sloppy bred German Shepherds can have hip problems, behavior problems and are basically worthless. So if you are going to buy a German Shepherd, find an excellent breeder and get EVERTHING they claim in writing....and don't buy from Omega Shepherds in Clancy, Montana.
Posted by 888spo on 2005-11-11:
Dear Persons
My wife and I purchased our German Shepherd (Zorro) from Omega in January of 2001. I can only state our personal rxperience with Omega Shepherds. We found Omega Shepherds ( Julie and Leah Anderson) to be very helpful and very informative on the numerous phone calls my wife and I made to them. We decided to do business with Omega on advice of several agencies such as search and rescue, police, therapy, and various other agencies who actually use the dogs and know a good quality dog. We felt we could get an objective opinion from people who actually use the dogs as opposed to selling them. The name Omega Shepherds kept appearing at the top or near the top of the list of reputable breeders, so naturally we decided on getting our puppy from Omega. Right from the start we were very impressed with both Julie and Leah, they obviously really care about the dogs. Our puppy (Zorro) was fabulous from the start! Even on the drive back to Calgary, Alberta- he was so composed and well adjusted. He has proven to be a great addition to our family, friendly, obediant, smart, alert, great drive. He is wonderful with children, he'll actually stop playing with dogs to go play with kids! In obedience training he won best in class and impressed all. He has been super healthy, hips are perfect, teeth, eyes, ears, body, everything is perfect. Being in business ourselves with multiple locations, we realize anything can happen on any given day. Sometimes as a business we fall short despite our best efforts. While I respect everyones opinion, I find it hard to beleive that Omega Shephers would sell a sub standard or problem dog to anyone-it would tarnish their reputation. However, I do beleive that some people and households are not made for owning pets. As great as our dog(Zorro) is, I'm sure if he came to the wrong household (Grabby loud kids, or whatever) he might have been a problem dog as well. Our feeling is that it is the responsibility of the parents to make sure the kids treat the dog in the house with repect. Too many people let the kids have their fun with the dog or pets in the household, often at the pets expense. I'm not saying that the people who had bad experiences with Omega are bad people or have terrible kids, it simply was not the right fit. As for the poor dog with his legs turned out, it's absolutely hog wash. I cannot accept that the same people (Omega) who were so great with us in every way would ignore a faulty dog like that. Of course it's possible that the new owners of that particular dog ran it to the ground. I've seen plenty of people that do not have the first clue of how to raise a puppy properly and let them develope physically. In that situation a dog can become crippled quite quickly, it's not Omega's fault. As a business owner myself, I know we would do anything to make a customer happy especially if we are at fault! Anyway if your in the market for a German Shepherd, do your home work and ask a ton of questions to the people who actually use the dogs (Not the breeders because every breeder will tell you they have the best dogs!)In our opinion Omega Shepherd's is among the best, that's our 3 cents!

Francesc and Donna Rizzuto.
Posted by BewareOmega on 2006-03-26:
People will believe what they want ... until they experience the other side of the Andersen family. The side that DOES NOT STAND BEHIND THEIR DOGS!!!! Read my review and the others. Plus there is the obvious --- check the OFA site or the SV site ... her dogs or not x-ray'd in any way shape or form --- she has no idea what she is breeding!
Posted by BewareOmega on 2006-04-16:
true stories told by owners of GSD's from Omega Shepherds!
Posted by GS on 2006-08-18:
I have read all the posts concerning Omega Shepherds and Julie and Leah Andersen. I have purchased 4 dogs (all from different litters)from this kennel and have had a very positive experience. All of my shepherds from Omega are sweet natured, smart and totally delightful. As to the comment about Julie Andersen not knowing what she is doing...well prehaps it is you who do not know anything about dogs.You sound as though you do not really have the financial means to afford good dogs if you had to haggle the price. Quality os expensive and you may have done better going to the pound.
Posted by YvonneSziklai on 2006-08-25:
Our beautiful puppies have also been victims of Omega Shepherds. We have two Omega puppies, both with SEVERE spinal problems, we are faced with putting down a 9 month old puppy. The defects are congenital and inherited. These two puppies are from two different litters. They both also have a lot of other issues-I have had shepherds all my life AND we work with an extremely respected professional trainer who works exclusively with shepherds-we have been to numerous vets including specialists who have all confirmed thier diagnosis.
Unfortunately-Julie and Leah ARE NOT standing behind these dogs.
The shameful part is that these two little babies are suffering over Julie and Leah's greed. Our boy is on hard core narcotics right now to help ease the pain. Absolutely disgusting.
If you got a good dog from Omega-count yourself VERY LUCKY.
I am finding MANY others who have had similiar experiences. I would love to hear from any of you-I am going to do something about this. My email is yvonne@ionet.net
Posted by omega on 2006-10-20:
Omega Shepherds responsds to "fugitive"
When Shannon (re: fugitive ) came to look at the dogs she brought her 2 young boys with her. They all spent hours at our place the first evening and again a lot of the time over the next several days getting to know Xander. Over the several days she spent getting to know him she had worked him in obedience and had also seen me work him. Everyone seemed to get along great and they decided to take him home. She did not want to drive up our long drive way again so we agreed to meet her in town right before a meeting we had.
She called me in a panic the next day because Xander was chasing her boys around. I explained to her that most pups will chase boys around in play when they run! Well, over our conversation it became clear to me that she had NO real dog experience and I suggested she bring Xander back and we would replace him with a young 8 week old puppy that was not so big and her boys and the pup could get used to each other from little on. NO, she did not want to bring him back. Later that day or the next day she took him to a behaviorist and had him evaluated. Right after she got home from the behaviorist she called me and apologized for causing me so much worry about Xander and her family and that the behaviorist told her that their was absolutely nothing wrong with Xander. She just needed to learn to handle a dog. I got a 5 page letter from the behaviorist – who had spent a lot of time around Xander and the family . I would be happy to send that to anyone that is interested in knowing the whole story but here are a few things the behaviorist had to say – the following paragraph is excerpts from behaviorists letter.
“While I was gone my husband received a frantic call from Shannon that she had gotten a 5 or 6 month old puppy from Julie Andersen and that he was barking and growling at her children and was aggressive. He called to tell me that he told Shannon to bring the puppy over so that he could do a temperament evaluation on him. He called me again after Shannon and her family left and told me that the puppy was very mellow and calm, a nice dog, it was a people issue, not a dog issue. When I got home Shannon came over twice so that I could continue to work with them. I did some basic obedience with Xander to see what he already knew. I had him heel, sit, down, stay and come for he. He did very well for a puppy his age. It was obvious that he been given basic training for these commands. He was calm and well mannered at all times and very easy to work with. Shannon's 2 boys were running around the yard and that didn't get any reaction from Xander. There was no barking, growling, jumping or any other reaction to them running around. At another time I had my 8 year old daughter – take Xander and make him heal, sit, down, stay and come. The entire time Xander was calm and willing to please. At no time did he mouth my daughter or refuse to comply with any of the commands she gave him. ” end quotes from behaviorist.

Everything seemed to be going well after she called me that night apologizing . 2 weeks later I got a call that I had to take the dog back because her son was allergic to him and he was in the hospital with a stage 5 allergy! I said ok, bring him back, not a problem. She brought him back with both of her sons in the vehicle next to Xander. I found that strange for a stage 5 allergy, especially since her son was “in the hospital”. She let him jump out of the vehicle which was way to high for a young dog to jump and I noticed right away that he was limping a little on his front leg and asked her why he was limping. I told her he shouldn't be jumping in and out of a vehicle that high at this age. At that point she refused to leave him and shoved him back in her vehicle next to her boys and left.
She called me several days later and told me I had to come get this dog because her husband left her and she couldn't afford the feed the dog.
At this point I had had enough and was getting very worried about Xander. My mom and I left our place at 9:30 PM for an hour drive to go pick him up. We met in the McDonalds parking lot – where her HUSBAND (who had left her) drove her and her 2 boys (including the “stage 5” allergy son) along with Xander loose in the vehicle.
From my point of view and that of the behaviorist – their was nothing wrong with the dog and how can a breeder stand behind their dogs more than agreeing to take him back. I am only sorry that I was not aware of how little knowledge they had of dogs period, much less a 5 month old PUPPY. I am sorry Xander had to go through this experience, but he has since been placed in a loving wonderful home and is their “star”.
Posted by omega on 2006-10-20:
Omega Shepherds responds to YvonneSziklai : I do not know how Yvonne can say we are not standing behind our dogs. I have talked to Yvonne and the vets she gave us the names of many times. According to the vet the last time I talked to him the female has an overly arched back which probably won't ever cause her any problems or pain. However, we told Yvonne if she wanted to send her back we would replace her with another pup. She said she did not want to do this – she was her “baby”. IS THAT NOT STANDING BEHIND OUR DOGS! Second – the male : Yvonne called me several weeks ago crying and stated that the dog was at the vet in extreme pain and the vet recommended putting him to sleep because there was nothing they could do and the condition would never get better. We were so upset to hear this – and it is never an easy decision to put a dog to sleep and never one we take lightly – however, we do not agree with “keeping a dog alive” for our needs if they are in pain with no hope of getting better. This dog cannot be living a good life on “drugs” - we do not agree with this and we told her if she had him put to sleep, which she said she felt would be best to do at that time – we would then refund his purchase price if we received a statement of euthanasia from the vet within a week. She didn't contact us again and I was waiting for a euthanasia statement from the vet. Again – how did we NOT stand behind BOTH of these dogs. It is very unfortunate that she got 2 puppies – from different litters that both developed a spinal problem and there was of course no way to know either of these pups would have a problem when she picked them up at our ranch at about 6 weeks old.
I wish as a breeder I could know I could breed two dogs and they would never have a pup with problems. But the fact is, when dealing with animals, you can always breed two healthy adults and get a pup with a health problem. Genetics, Environment, Diet, what causes this specific pup to get a problem while the rest are fine – I wish I knew all the answers. I am sorry to hear she feels we don't stand behind our dogs - but as a breeder – I don't see how I can stand behind our dogs more than we have tried with Yvonne.
Posted by loFi on 2007-02-25:
THEY WONT SUE U.... leah, julie, renee, their nutty husband/father clint knight aka i channel enoch... are a bunch of fakes... 100%

they used to run a wannabe cult-like site under the name the omega foundation, playing off of a larger organization with tha same name... their old url was omegafdn.org ....their web presence as this entity has been obliterated due to a few well-placed posts on various sites and newsgroups....

the SAME people that breed these dogs(and i know they are not treated well... they believe in hitting their dogs to obtain submission)... these same people also sell QUARTERHORSES... bet these poor animals arent of top notch shape either... omega shepherds and Andersen Quarterhorse Ranch in Clancy, Montana are 1 and the same... and the same people try to scam nieve 'new agers' into buying their lame "courses"

Renee, and Clint... dont know bout leah, but she claims ta be "psychic"... i would instead use tha word psychotic... anyways CLiNT claims to channel the "enoch entity"... u know, Enoch from tha bible? fallen angel come down to earth... this family is 1 big scam....

Would anyone seriously buy an animal from them, hearing how they go for tha cash grab and then ignore peeps? i have amassed quite a dossier on these people....

even if they DO know some judge that bought a functional dog from them... tell me, WHAT judge would want his NAME and TiTLE associated with these crazies...... i say to anyone who has had probs with Omega Shepherds, Andersen Quarterhorse Ranch, and not least of all the "omega foundation"... go ahead and SUE them for all u can... they are prob lying about even knowing a judge.. these people are reclusive and tend to rely on 'big words' with no bite to keep people that figure them out at bay...

SPREAD THE WORD... these people should not be able to exist and derive an income from their abusive methods.


check this letter i found on a newsgroup:


Foundation please post Them as you WILL be helping others in the
process. Ask yourself, would you want you Daughter to go and live on
their Ranch?**

Thankyou for reading this,

While looking for a job that incorporated aspects of New Age living, I
came across a group called The Omega Foundation. They are actively
advertising jobs on their website - www.omegafdn.org

Not one to jump the gun, I did some research into the 'company??' and
found what may be some troubling info. As a lightworker, I feel part
of my duty is to nurture peace and love and help humankind see the
bigger picture in things.
I cannot ignore what may or may not be a problem so here goes. At the
very least, this information may be add weight to that gut reaction
that something is wrong with this picture.

1. By typing "Omega Foundation, Complaint" into Google my first hit
was a complaint about the group misleading and then switching job
offer terms, trying to have the young woman leave her state and live
with them for a one month period - I will add that complaint in its
entirety at the end of this post.

2. The group's website itself has the feel of a front. Unlike pretty
much all sights that claim to promote self awareness, spiritual
healing etc. The Omega Foundations site, beyond allowing access to
small snibbets of information and unverifiable references of support,
keeps a good deal of its information in a members only Pay area. This
method does not allow one to read and decide for themselves in an
unbiased manner.

3. The complaint referred to an Aleisha who is the Director of the
group. Another woman, Renee Andersen, also has a spot on their
website where she is seeking people for employment.
- in Google, if you type '"Renee Andersen", The Omega Foundation' you
will get a LOT of hits. The bulk of them are the same one or two
articles that she repeatedly posts on various new age sights to lure
people to her own site.
- what is SCARY though, is that there are also quite a few hits on
Intentional Community Websites where she is repeatedly asking for
SINGLE WOMEN WITH NO DEPENDANTS to come and live with them. The Omega
Foundation does not want any men, perhaps with the exception of Clint
Knight(really Andersen).

4. The Enoch Entity: Renee Andersen on the groups website states that
the Enoch Entity is channeled through her friend "Clint Knight".
- I found a site that lets you verify land ownership in Montana.
Pick Jefferson County as that is where Clancy, MT is. Under Landowner
I typed in ANDERSEN - there was no Renee or Aleshia, BUT there *WAS* a
CLINT MARC ANDERSEN - I clicked on his name and it showed the address
as 160 Elk Trail, Clancy Montana - just like the address in the young
womans complaint(she made a typo and said 150 elk trail).
- THEY are LYING to potential clients and members right from the

5. Aleshia Andersen: again, a thorough internet search with Google
turned up that The Omega Foundation runs a horse ranch, and german
shepherd breeding business. They run a completely separate website
and neither alludes to the other - you would think that 2 reputable
business's would be able to merge and that would help as a selling
point to clients - unless one of them was unethical.
Have a look at this Link - does "Julie Andersen" not look exactly like
Aleshia? Aleshis's photo can be found at www.omegafdn.org under 'Meet
the Director'. Julie's is here http://www.omegashepherds.com/

6. Ethic's: The Omega Foundation appears to be more interested in
selling their ideas than actually being compassionate and nurturing.
- Just type in "Renee Andersen" into your usenet search and see where
and who they were trying to sell their "cure-all" products to.

7. Cheryl Knight: First off, is Knight her real last name?? We know it
is not in the case of CLINT MARC ANDERSEN. Cheryl Knight also claims
to channel the Enoch Entity? So what, they just pass the ability to
channel the same spirit back and forth like a Basketball?
Did Jane Roberts ever get bored and say to her husband, 'I'm tired
tonight why don't YOU just Channel SETH for me this evening'??? I
think not.

8. The group, via the Dog/Horse site http://www.omegashepherds.com/
even use their Teen daughter as a recruiting angle for younger women -
check out the add on the "Teen Page". Scary.

Essentially, what I am trying to say to anyone reading this is that
RESEARCH PAYS OFF. Ethics are an important characteristic in
individuals that want to heal others. I would CERTAINLY NOT wish to
undergo hypnotherapy services, as an example, from people that operate
a business in such a manner and I would definitely NOT wish to work
for and promote such an agenda.

Posted by breed147 on 2007-07-31:
I regret that I didn't know about this post before purchasing my puppy from Omega Shepherds. My puppy (from Omega) has alot of health problems. The biggest issues is that my puppy suffers from severe bilateral hip dyplasia and has spine problems (overly arched back). Both of these problems are CONGENITAL. IF you have gotten a healthy puppy from Omega, you are very lucky. I'm reading and have gotten in touch with ALOT of other owners (they purchased their dogs from Omega)whose dogs that were not so lucky-their dogs have similar health issues as my puppy. It's obvious that Omega Shepherds (Julie and Leah Andersen in Clancy, Montana) DO NOT screen their dogs before breeding, and therefore, do not produce quality dogs. Please do your research and buy from a reputable breeder. It's very difficult to see my puppy suffer and it's from poor breeding.
Posted by MTJoe on 2007-11-17:
Before you decide to plunk down a few grand on a dog, horse, etc. from the folks at Omega Shepherds, I suggest you first go to www.archive.org and type www.omegafdn.org into the Wayback Machine. If they are willing to bilk $100 a year from people to talk to what they refer to as the "Enoch Entity", they can easily justify bilking even more money from the sale of defective animals to the general public.
Posted by wyoguy35 on 2008-01-26:
thank you for helping me, I was in contact with these people today, really impressed with the website they have, things she had to say, really nice to hear from past buyers, I will be moving on from these rip-off artist!
Posted by enlightned on 2008-04-01:
I was ready to think LoFi's post was a bunch of whoha until I did my own research. There is NO question but the "Omega Foundation" is what is running this operation. Search the web for the players name and as MTJoe says use the Wayback Machine. That produced this link which shows the Omega Fdn hiring for the ranch, GSDs and horses http://web.archive.org/web/20000920060756/www.omegafdn.org/work.html Why the big deal about the relationship? All the players seem have at least two different names they use which right off the bat raises the odor level. A question to be asked is are they using the foundation as a tax dodge for their other industries. And take my word this breeding operation is an industry. Note how all the dogs are in "training" for schutzhund and yet not one title can be verified beyond a BH(house manners) on two of their original dogs long since dead. Note they never give you complete kennel names of their dogs or DOBs so it makes it very difficult for the average buyer to research things like title status, OFA or SV hip status of how often these poor things are bred. Most good breeders do NOT maintain their own stud dogs because for the price of a stud fee you can choose the best in the world. When you see multiple resident males bred repeatedly to the same females this speaks to an operation that is in it for the money only. Funny how they are all "the most outstanding son" of VA XYZ and yet they end up in the backwater of MT with no titles and no certifications. If they were "the most outstanding son" they would be out there Schutzhund titled and competing in trials and shows and probably still in Germany. Do not be fooled by pretty pictures which may or may not come from the website owner. Do not be fooled by big or pretty websites and sweet words. A picture can be lifted from anyplace on the web and in the GSD world often is. Pretty website a good breeder does not make. Educate yourself, ask questions and question every claim. A picture of a dog w/ someone in a police uniform does not make a police dog. The dog MAY be owned as a pet by that policeman or it may have been a paid PR shot. A dog sold to someone w/ an 8 month old blind baby DOES NOT make a guide dog (by the way "Seeing eye" is a trademarked name they are using illegaly. That is a pet pure and simple. This is the kind of vetting you need to give this kind of operator. Unfortunately they are rampart in the dog world.
Posted by MT GSD Rescue on 2013-11-30:
MT GSD/Belgian Malinios Rescue will no longer take in any dogs that are from Omega Shepherds. All the dogs we have received, have had major health issues, thyroid, hips, pannus, double ears on one side, yup, that is right folks, I have photos to prove it...Do your homework and really check these people out. I feel bad for the GSD breed...and these people that call themselves breeders, supposedly bettering the breed....
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Omega is in it for the money and the 100% satisfaction is a scam!!!
Posted by Jim2008 on 05/26/2008
Do not believe the good posts you see about Omega Shepherds. It is them posting lies trying to salvage their name.

First off, the 100% satisfaction contract is a scam. They do not ensure the dogs ears will go up, if the dogs ears do not go up the contract is void!!! What kind of 100% satisfaction is that? They also require you to keep the dog on NUvet and Nujoiunt by Nulabs. A supplement company. That is because Omega make 1/2 of the money you send to Nulabs. If you do not keep them on it which will be an additional $130 a month... the contract is void!!! Supplements are bad and a healthy puppy should and does not need them!!!

Secondly, they lied about the parents of a puppy I was going to buy. The pictures of the father was not the same dog they showed me. The dog they showed me did not look like a german shepherd. He looked like some kind of medium size mix breed. I could not believe they had a dog like him in their breeding stock!!! He was only about 50lbs full size, almost all black, he had long curly tufts of hair behind his ears!!! The mother was spastic and out of control. She had a bad personality. She whined out of control, and jumped up and down on the kennel door and ran is circles around the kennel trying to get to the breeder. Even though her supposed puppies were only 5 weeks old she did not even recognize them at all. It was very weird!!! You could tell by the condition of the kennels and the behavior of the 20 dogs on site that they were not well cared for and hardly let out. It was very sad. They were all either whimpering and crying or barking.

They seem nice on the phone but act weird in person. Like they can't get their story straight and the niceness was only a show on the phone. Once you but the puppy they are nasty and ignore your calls!

My males ears did not go up, he is not a standard german shepherd. People always think he is a mix breed. His coat and color is not like good quality german shepherds should be.

They also breed dogs with bad personalities. They are either fearful or too friendly. They act like a crazy out of control like they are nervous. Or they are mean and do not bond with their owner. I have had a breeder and several people tell me this. One breeder told me they saw 2 females from Omega and they were squirrel like in personality. And the breeding did not take.

My shepherd whom I love to death looks and acts more like some kind of mix breed. Not standard at all!!!

Beware, they are in it for the money!!!!
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Posted by Justusryan on 2008-05-27:
I think that goes without saying... they are a business, so of course they are in it only for the money.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-05-27:
It seems that many of the issues raised would have tipped a dog lover off that this place was not a quality breeder. It is understandable, though, that the breeder would not guarantee that the ears would stand up. The ear cartilage can be broken by rough handling (as with a loving, exuberant child playing with the dog) and the ears may not stand. Thanks for the post. It was interesting.
Posted by jim2008 on 2008-06-28:
Yes, everyone wants to make money, but at what cost? To cause suffering and to destroy a WONDERFUL breed, the GSD? A good breeder would breed to carry on and preserve the legacy of a cherished breed. So that others can share in the joy of owning a good GSD. NOT To casue pain, suffering and health problems in these poor dogs. To put people through the trauma and greif of having to watch their beloved dog suffer with the reported spinal deformities and joint problems and health issues.
They are cunning and good at lying, they fool you with their lies and fake references. If you read through other posts these people run some kind of a cult and speak of beatings and abuse to gain submission and respect from a dog.

Yes a business
can want to make money and there is nothing wrong with that. But the business also must provide a good and valuable service to be able to make money in a respectable way, especially when it involves living beings. Not to be money hungry and exploit those poor dogs and breeding unhealthy, deformed dogs with behaviour problems and charging $3,000 for them.

And as for the ears, a good GSD ears should go up, that is a breed standard and they claim to sell dogs that are of breed standars and show quality. If they claim to sell dogs that are of breed standard and show quality than why is their contract void if they do not turn out to be of show quality and breed standard? A GSD with flat ears would be excluded from the AKC and not be a GSD.
Posted by A&W2009 on 2009-10-18:
It is True :: Omega Shepherds are Liars, and will Cheat a person out of their money!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-18:
Now you tell me!
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Irresponsible breeding
Posted by K9krzy200484 on 10/07/2011
I am a trainer/breeder of gsd's/writer and expert in dog psychology and dog behavior. 27 years experience and counting. I run a small training and kenneling facility in Kalispell, MT. I am very, very familiar with gsd's, being my own breed of choice. I have recently had the (mis)fortune to work with 2 dogs from Omega kennels. I cannot say there is anything "physically" wrong with these dogs, and they are, by any standards, beautiful in markings, pigmentation and conformation. HOWEVER, I would seriously caution anyone from buying one of these dogs. In my opinion, Omega Shepherds is guilty of gross over and in breeding, producing dogs who are so high strung, hyperactive, stressed and tense as that only a VERY small portion of the population could even remotely begin to control or train them. I've seen many examples of irresponsible breeding in my days, and Omega Shepherds would be listed up with the top 10. German Shepherds are NOT supposed to be that high strung. Too much focus on conformation and looks to the detriment of the breed overall. Anyone reading this, please! DO NOT purchase one of these dogs. It's really sad to see what some people have done to such a magnificent breed.
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Posted by Anonymous on 2011-10-07:
This isn't the first complaint about Omega Shepherds that's been posted here, although I believe most (all) others have been about physical deficiencies.

I don't know that I think it's fair to post a negative review based on a dog's hyperactivity or to make a statement that only a small percentage of Omega's dogs can be trained when you've only had experience with two. JMHO.
Posted by At Your Service on 2011-10-07:
IMHO, the breading and selling of dogs is simply wrong. There are wonderful dogs available at most shelters that absolutely love and need a good home.
Posted by Skye on 2011-10-07:
I concur with j/c.

I've never owned any other dogs, but German Shepherds, and have many years of experience with them, as well as working in the animal care medical field.

Like people dogs all are different with different personalities, and I've seen my share over the years of high strung German Shepherds. Love, patience, persistance and kindness is what works best, which I'm sure you know, since you are so very experienced with the breed.

I don't think it's fair blaming Omega, unless you have absolute proof they did something to cause the issues these dogs are having, which I'm just going by what you said.

There is no such thing as a pure bred German Shepherd not being that high strung. They are all different, some mellow, some wilder. It all comes down to how you treat them. They need to be taught their place in their human pack, and this is a breed that will dominate you if you allow them.

Just my opinion.
Posted by Skye on 2011-10-07:
All my German Shepherds are all rescues from German Shepherd rescue facilities.

You can find so many pure bred rescue's out there. It's true, they never forget they were rescued.

And I'm also a firm believer and have it on my blog regarding the importance of spaying and neutering, but it's never going to stop, unfortunately.
Posted by lexophiliac on 2011-10-07:
The behaviors you have described OP are but a few that are not uncommon in purebreds of any breed.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-10-07:
Great responses, Skye.
Posted by MDSasquatch on 2011-10-07:
Considering all of the shelters that are being overrun with dogs and cats, most commercial breeding is irresponsible and should be banned.
Posted by Skye on 2011-10-07:
It will never be banned. The sad truth is, for very animal someone buys, another shelter animal will die.

This is why if someone prefers a pure breed, look for a pure breed rescue for the particular breed you are looking for.

The worst of the worst are puppy mills, but that's another story all together.

Posted by Churro on 2011-10-07:
Why should commercial breeding be banned when it's the irresponsible behavior of pet owners that is filling the pet shelters?
Posted by Skye on 2011-10-07:
It's not just irresponsible behavior that lands animals in shelters. Now there are so many animals being surrended where I volunteer, due to financial hardships. They cannot feed their family, and the pet is usually the first to go.

It's a sad state all the way around. But it also can help be alleviated if people would take responsibility and spay and neuter their pets more often.
Posted by Nohandle on 2011-10-07:
I don't know about other areas but in mine just a call to the shelter will put you on the list for a specific breed of animal if they don't already have one there. Responsible pet owners have to give up their pets on occasion. These are not feeble, elderly animals with multiple health issues. Give your local shelter a call to inquire. No cost, no obligation.
Posted by Brianna on 2012-10-02:
I was gifted with two beautiful dogs from Omega Shephergs in clancy, montana last year. My Shepherds are beautiful, smart and a joy to behold...they are my babies. I am reading these reviews and can only think that the are either from other dog breeders or just from people who know nothing about rearing dogs...love my dogs from Omega Shepherds!
Posted by Happy OMEGA shepherd MOMMA!!! on 2012-11-12:
I will give my opinion to the Omega shepherds In Clancy, Montana. I was blessed with a shepherd from Leah and Julie. She has been the most amazing dog, Easy to train, (only took me 3 days to potty train, at 8 weeks old) I have taken her to various places and have had compliments from everyone that sees her. Including trainers of all backgrounds, people that have had many shepherds, and no it was not just on her beauty but on her amazing manners as well. yes she is only 8 months old and she has a bit more learning to do. however I have committed to MAKING TIME and the COMMITMENT to train her from day one!in the first training session at 8 weeks old I spent 15 minutes with her and she picked up 8 commands and has retained them. I live in an apartment,(she gets regular exercise) I have a disablity, yet still find the ways of working with her and giving her a loving home and chance to exercise on a regular basis. she is my child's best friend, our protector, and a blessing in our life. I now have a trainer who has worked with many a shepherds that I will be working with to train our shepherd to become a "service/mobility dog" and they were amazed at how smart and trainable she is picking up on commands and tricks so quickly. I fully stand behind Julie and Leah at Omega shepherds. (also if you say breeders are the reason so many pets are in shelters) In my contract with Omega shepherds they say that if I am no longer able to take care of my furbaby, for any reason I must return her to them to find her a new home... a responsible breeder will 1.) make a contract, 2)do an investigation of living conditions and the family BEFORE selling an animal 3) make sure that the furbaby will ALWAYS be in a loving home and that if they find abuse, the animal will be given back to them WITHOUT REPAYMENT!!! I have done my research and I have owned many "mutts" and "shelter animals" but before I obtained my furbaby I did my research and visited many shelters, breeders, and really did my homework before choosing Omega Shepherds. I think it is unfair to base an opinion off only a "few shepherds" from omega shepherds. my questions are for you... 1) how old were they? 2) were the owners committed to training with them? 3) were they exercised well on a regular basis? I believe to base an opinion off of just a "few" shepherds from Omega, (without truly knowing backgrounds) and to come to a public forum and to bash them is wrong. I truly believe that after speaking with the breeder, working with Omega Shepherds, I can honestly and from experience say they are wonderful ladies, take love and care with all their animals, they follow up with families, enjoy the updates and pictures, are available at ANY hour with questions and concerns from puppy and adult dog owners. I will highly recommend contacting Leah and Julie for a dog or puppy.
Posted by ananomous on 2013-10-16:
my puppy was really hyper when I got her too but she's the love of my life and I don't care if anything is wrong with her. She was probably the easiest dog I've ever trained in my life. Now she's gentle and calm.
Posted by Lived in Helena on 2014-01-06:
I have experience with these people. They are insane. Do not trust just this site, but do research. There are literally hundreds of complaints about these people and their dogs. They WILL NOT stand behind their guarantee at all. Their dogs are not raised inside they are in small kennels. This is nothing more than an overpriced puppy mill.
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Heart Broken over Omega German Shepherds
Posted by GSDHeartBroken on 11/10/2010
CLANCY, MONTANTA -- Please stay away from these people. I learned the hard way and I am still suffering the loss of my best friend. Omega Shepherds sold 2 puppies to me from different litters --- one has hip dysplasia despite the supplements and wonderful care we provided ....the other had mega-esophagus and died. They told me basically too bad and did not offer another puppy or refund. We are still grieving the loss -- why do these people care so much about money and so little about the dogs and people's lives they are hurting? Not that money can take the pain away but we spent $2,500 on each of these dogs!

I guess that $5,000 is being enjoyed by Leah and Julie - don't let them take your money and leave you in tears.
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Posted by momsey on 2010-11-10:
I'm really sorry you lost your dog. This is why irresponsible breeders are still in business - because people still buy animals from them!
Posted by Mrs. V on 2010-11-10:
I am so sorry for the loss of your furbabies.

Please, if you wish to buy a puppy/kitty from a breader, always contact the local ASPCA and Vets Offices to ask if they have had any problems with animals from that breeder.
Posted by Alain on 2010-11-10:
As a pet lover, extremely sorry to hear about your loss.
Posted by Ytropious on 2010-11-10:
Man this is like the only breeding company that gets constant complaints. WHY are they still in business? I know any dog can have health problems so maybe they are using that to their advantage?
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Hip Dysplasia
Posted by SGM on 02/09/2009
CLANCY, MONTANTA -- I bought my beautiful dog from Omega Shepherds 18 months ago. He is incredibly sweet and very much a part of our family. Because we love him so much it was a terrible blow to find out that he has hip dysplasia. He is already showing signs of pain at times and the vet said it will only get worse as the problem is already significant. I did everything I could to prevent this by following vet guidelines to the tee. It's hard to know for sure whether his dysplasia is due to environmental or genetic factors but I was assured by Omega Shepherds that their dogs never had that issue and my dog most likely wouldn't either. Now I'm seeing more and more complaints by others that they too have dogs with this problem coming from these breeders. I feel strongly that prospective buyers should know that it is a possibility. I'm heartbroken for my dog and frustrated that his work with search and rescue may be limited.

Please, if you decide to buy a dog through Omega Shepherds, know that despite their reassurances, the dog might develop hip dysplasia. As there seems to be no real way to know for sure that any GSD won't have this issue, why not get one through a rescue program. My next dog will come from there. Good luck.
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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-09:
This is a known problem with Shephards. I can remember my grandfather having to have one of his euthanized for severe dysplasia, and that was at least 30 years ago.
Posted by Starlord on 2009-02-09:
SGM, please don't cast aspersions on what may be a great breeder without doing a heck of a lot of research. I sympathize with you on your loss of your GSD, but as a responsible animal owner, you should be aware that ALL large breeds of dogs are susceptible to dysplasia. If someone you love comes down with arthritis, are you going to sue their parents or claim they were genetically inferior? Of course not. Dysplasia is an arthritis-like condition that any dog larger than, say, a Queensland Heeler is just susceptible to by virtue of being a large dog. We had a Rottie/Boxer mix that we dearly loved. One hundred twenty-five pounds of pure love. She got to the point that when she moved, she would yelp with pain. Standing up, she would try to scratch, and couldn't even lift her hind leg to reach her ear. We had to have her put down, as it was so painful watching her in agony. There is a poem, or dramatic recitation, that you should try to locate. It has something to do with a dog's prayer, and ends with the dog being grateful that you show enough love to ease their agony at the end.
Posted by madconsumer on 2009-02-09:
it is a little to late now, but any time a sheppard is purchased, seeing hte both parents will give you clues to this condintion. this should have been something you researched out frst. as i understand it, this is worse when the dogs are inbred.
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-02-09:
Starlord, SGM is not alone and Omega supposedly guarantees its animals 100% (its all over their site). There are many complaints online for these guys (several of them here at m3c, including some answers back from Omega).

Also, check out the link at:


Then compare it to the Omega webpage:


Same people, same phone number... just a slight name change here or there. Back in my day we would have called this a con...dunno what they call it now. ;)

BTW, I had a chocolate lab that had hip dysplasia, and she was one of the best dogs I've ever had.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-09:
I know that it is important for some people to have an expensive, pure breed dog, but it is always best to adopt a dog from a rescue or the local humane society. I wish your pup all the best.
Posted by Starlord on 2009-02-09:
Boki, Chocolate Labs are among the most beautiful dogs in the world. All I meant by my post was that people should not automatically assume the breeder is suppar when a large dog develops dysplasia. While it is true that occurs at a higher rate when they inbreed lines, having dysplaysia does not automatically mean that the dog is a product of inbreeding. Dysplaysia is just as likely to strike non-products of inbreeding as not. If Omega is a puppy mill, I would agree that they need to be shut down. The dog I mentioned earlier was a rescue from the Animal Control of inal County, after we saw her picture in the paper, as pet of the week. If she had not been adopted by the end of the week she would have been put down. Too many good dogs, and cats, for that matter are put down because no one wants an older dog or cat, and some people are so snooty, they have to have a purebred. I have found mutts are healthier and happier than purebreds, andolder dogs are just as capable of giving and receiving love as a puppsy.
Posted by old fart on 2009-02-09:
Labrador retrievers, at least the one I knew was smarter than most people I know...
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-02-09:
financial, I'm with you. Too many pets (mutt and purebred alike) in shelters every day to justify buying an enormously expensive dog like this. I'm sad these people had to learn this the heartbreaking way.

Starlord, you're good people! I have a Pet of the Week right now (my beautiful 15 year old tabby) and she is a wonderful, wonderful pet. Pound pups and kittys are the best in the world.

Both my purebred dogs are from rescue organizations and the giant blonde dandylion mutt is straight from the local pound. My problem is that I can't go into pounds without getting upset and wanting to adopt everyone.

lol@old fart, she wasn't the smartest lab in town but she was so sweet and gentle that everybody fell in love with her.
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Omega Shepherds is Wonderful !
Posted by Susiecharlie001 on 10/02/2012
DENVER, COLORADO -- I have been watching Omega Shepherds site for years and was finally ready to purchase a puppy from them when I saw some of these complaints on line about them. I became nervous and almost didn't buy a puppy, but I was so in love with their dogs that I decided to research some of these comments about them. After reading many of the posts I started to realize that so many of them sound like they are posted by the same person with different user names - the more I read the stranger they sounded. I read all of Omega Shepherds references on their site and didn't see how all these comments on line could be true. I decided to see what would happen if I put in other reputable breeders like - Fleisherheim and Mittelwest who are always in the tops at the Sieger Shows - and I was shocked that ALL of them have the same type of complaints - and ALL of them sound exactly the same, bad hips, bad health, dogs died, etc. etc. etc.
I have a hard time believing ALL of these breeders are producing "Bad" dogs and treating everyone badly and it sounds like someone has a problem with "Breeders" per say, or maybe it is smaller breeders - I don't know.
I went ahead and purchased a female puppy. She has been the most wonderfull pup from day one. The first night she wanted to be cuddled several times - the next night she slept clean through! She is my 18 month old sons shadow. She doesn't let him out of her site and she is just 9 weeks old! We just came from the vet shwere she got a clean bill of health and he proceeded to say that this was one of the best mannered and well adjusted german Shepherds he has seen in years.
I am glad I did my research and didn't let the internet stop my wonderful decision to buy the most wonderful - well adjusted - well socialized - puppy I could imagine.
Omega Shepherds is wonderful!
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Posted by jktshff1 on 2012-10-03:
1satisfied customer will tell 2 people. 1 dissatisfied customer will tell 10 people. That's just how it works. People are more inclined to share bad experiences than good.
Posted by another happy customer on 2012-11-13:
I too have obtained a GSD from Omega shepherds and I have been so happy to have her. I also get a ton of compliments on her everytime we are out and about. I too find the "upset customers" to be maybe the same person trying to bash them because of intimidation. my GSD had recieved a clean bill of health from 3 seperate vets and has been an absolute joy for my child and I. I will be one of many happy Furbaby parents that have recieved GSD's from Omega shepherds that would proudly stand up for them!!
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German Shepherd Puppy with Severe Hip Dysplasia
Posted by ExtremelyDisappointed on 02/11/2010
CLANCY, MT, MONTANTA -- We recently purchased a German Shepherd for $1,500 from Omega Shepherds. We were looking for a good pet, not a dog to breed, but would possibly perform Rally or Agility. We were told they have very good quality companion/ working dogs. Unfortunately, at 6 months old, this supposedly well-bred dog has been found to have SEVERE bilateral hip dysplasia and will most likely need surgery before she is 10 months old. This problem was found because she started limping. We contacted the owner of Omega who said she was shocked to hear this news and wanted to know if we were going to put the dog down. Of course we are not going to put her down as she is now part of our family. We asked if we could have some of our money back to help pay for her surgery, but she said she was not able to do that but could send us another puppy. We already have one dog with a crippling genetic disease, which is very costly, so why would we want another one. We are very disappointed with this breeder and feel they need to have their dogs evaluated for this problem and stop breeding dogs who have hip dysplasia. I guess we were stupid to purchase a dog knowing that it was not OFA certified but we were assured by Omega that none of their dogs have had hip problems. Upon searching for complaints regarding Omega Shepherds, we have found that there have been several complaints regarding dogs from Omega with hip dysplasia, so apparently they know they are breeding dogs with bad hips but obviously they do not care. How sad!

I wish I had thought to search the Internet for complaints before buying from Omega. I did check with the Better Business Bureau before purchasing a dog from Omega but no complaints had been filed against them.
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Posted by madconsumer on 2010-02-11:
this condition id found in pure breds. next time look for a mixed bred shepard.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-02-11:
"In dogs, it is primarily a disease of large and giant breeds. German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Rottweilers, Great Danes, Golden Retrievers, and Saint Bernards."

"This disease can occur in medium-sized breeds and rarely in small breeds. It is primarily a disease of purebreds although it can happen in mixed breeds, particularly if it is a cross of two dogs that are prone to developing the disease."
Posted by Critical_level2 on 2010-02-11:
I agree with mad, it is an inherent trait of Germans Shepards. I had a pure bred from certified breeder and it developed the disease around 12-13 months old. It just happens with this breed.
Posted by momsey on 2010-02-11:
And this is why you should not encourage the irresponsible breeding of dogs for profit. There are millions of wonderful dogs in shelters and pounds right now, why not give one of them a chance next time?
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-02-11:
Voted this VH, just another example of what NOT to do.
Best bet, go to a Humane Society rescue shelter for your pet. If I am not mistaken, there is a class for dogs that are not pedigreed in the rally and agility classes. Good Luck.
Posted by Ytropious on 2010-02-11:
You know this isn't the first time I've seen a complaint about this specific breeder, yet I almost never see other breeder complaints. That must mean this one is really that bad.
Posted by ExtremelyDisappointed on 2010-02-12:
I chose not to go to a shelter because you don't know the background of the dog or the dog's parents and never know what kind of temperament you might end up with. Having three small children under the age of 6, I wanted to be careful in choosing a well-bred dog whose parents had a good temperament and a dog that was not going to be prone to medical problems. I got fooled! I also wanted a protective dog. Maybe next time I will choose a shelter dog. After this experience, it would probably be a better choice!
Posted by goduke on 2010-02-12:
That is disappointing. Unfortunately, except in a couple very "progressive" areas, dogs are seen as property by the law, not as members of the family. Consequently, you don't get the option of "fix it", but only get the option of "bring it back and I'll give you another."

I got a welsh corgi/beagle mix from the local SPCA. He's a pretty good little guy.
Posted by momsey on 2010-02-12:
To the OP, you don't need to know a dog's breeding line to know whether they are going to be good with kids. A dog with great breeding lines can still be a menace. I have two shelter dogs and a toddler. I made sure the dogs we adopted had fostered in homes with kids and I pretty much knew their temperament. Our dogs and toddler get along very well, although we are always very careful not to let our son get too rough with the dogs. And they're never alone together.

Most mixed breed dogs have fewer health problems than the terribly inbred "purebreed" dogs you'll find from breeders. Did you know that even "responsible" breeders who supposedly do it for the love of the breed feel it's ok to mate close relatives? Things that are against the law for humans are perfectly fine for dogs. And people pay thousands of dollars for these dogs.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-02-12:
Knowing the breed and knowing what you want in a dog are critical to your choices. Great blood line and papers just guarantee you have an expensive pet.
Posted by luvsGSD on 2010-02-21:
So sorry to read this sad story. Just hope and pray that your only problem is hip related and surgery fixes it. Unfortunately for me and my Omega shepherd, she developed Pannus (blindness) at age 3 and then cancer in her lymph glands at age 4. I just wished I had caught the cancer sooner as chemo therapy does work with this particular type of cancer. I am devastated at losing her when she was just maturing into such a great dog. I hope the best for you and your shepherd....they are such a wonderful breed.
Posted by ExtremelyDisappointed on 2010-02-22:
To luvsGSD, I'm so sorry to hear about your shepherd. Do you know which dogs were the parents of the German Shepherd that you bought from Omega?
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-07-19:
We have a pet overpopulation problem as it is. Adopt a rescue dog and boycott breeders:
Posted by Nikki on 2012-04-27:
ExtremelyDisappoited, can you tell me the parents of your dog? I have a deposit on a puppy right now and i just saw all of these comments and complaints.
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2 Sick Omega Shepherd Puppies
Posted by Sandra1 on 08/16/2009
CLANCY, MONTANTA -- I purchased an Omega Shepherd from [snip]. When she was just under 1 year old she started limping on rear and found out she had Hip Displasia in both rear hips. We paid 10K for double titanium hip replacement and called [snip] for a replacement puppy (because of the 1 year warranty) and they promptly sent another female puppy. Out of the same male, Luke. I should have known but they acted like this had never happened to them in the past. As the puppy has grown she is showing deformation on her front end.

Her front feet point east/west, and she won't bear much weight on her front end. Come to find out, she has deformed elbows and shoulders. Now I have a fortune into 2 sick puppies.
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Posted by Skye on 2009-08-17:
You are buying puppy mill dogs that have been overbred. It's very sad for the dogs and your family. Hip dysplasia is very common in German Shepherds, but from what you described they do sound like puppy mill dogs.
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-08-17:
There are tons of complaints about Omega Shepherds online. They go back for years..I'm surprised Omega can still find customers.
Posted by Skye on 2009-08-17:
There are also many German Shepherd rescues. If you still want to buy a German Shepherd, than purchase them from the Monks of upstate NY.

Our German Shepherds were all rescues. I would always choose a rescue over buying a dog. For every dog that is bought, these puppy mills stay in business. The real losers are the innocent animals :(
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-08-17:
i just hope you're keeping the dogs alive despite the cost

i'd hate to see them destroyed for being not good enough
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-08-17:
My son adopted a rescue dog from a busted puppy mill operation. He has now spent about $3,000 on her multiple problems in the past 3 years. He can, thankfully, afford the bill, but many people can't, especially in this economy :(
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-08-17:
These Omega dogs are not inexpensive either. I just wish more people did a check for complaints before they bought, as they are largely an online business.

Shepherds are great dogs..whether they have hip displaysia or not, but the cost is extreme to keep them comfortable and thriving.
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-08-17:
like buying from an established breeder with a good reputation?
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BEWARE--Irresponsible Breeder Selling Compromised German Shepherd Dogs
Posted by Natomei on 08/06/2013
CLANCY, MONTANTA -- We purchased our German Shepherd puppy in May 2007 from Omega Shepherds, without reviewing prior online complaints. I should have known there was a problem from the beginning when the contract stated there was only a guarantee IF we purchased an expensive vitamin supplement for one year that Omega Shepherds is the distributor for! This is not stated on the website.

When our new puppy had blood in her first stool with us, I called Julie of Omega Shepherds and incredibly she claimed there were no parasites in Montana so our puppy had not received the typical dewormers. Our puppy DID have parasites and was treated appropriately by our vet.

Our dog was also diagnosed with HIP DYSPLASIA at 3 years of age when she started limping. I was naïve and did not realize I needed to view X-rays and that Julie had lied about the hip dysplasia certification. Her back legs also point outward in an abnormal position. I recently found online another Omega Shepherd dog with this "frenchy" position of the fore legs.

She was also diagnosed with PANNUS when my son noted a growth on her eyeball and requires daily steroid eye drops. I have since noted online that many Omega Shepherds develop this debilitating eye disease.

Starting at around 9 months of age she developed SEVERE ALLERGIES. Even with a grain-free diet, multiple dietary elimination trials and environmental allergy shots she continued to gnaw mercilessly at her anus and lick her paws until they were raw and bleeding or infected. We are unable to lower her daily steroid medication so she is STEROID DEPENDENT and she subsequently became HYPOTHYROID requiring daily thyroid medication.

Earlier this year she developed SKIN CANCER on her tail.

Our vet calls her our "million dollar dog" for the cost of all of her ailments which we recognize is due to the IRRESPONSIBLE BREEDING PRACTICES of Omega Shepherds.

We love our dog but it is heart-breaking that this breeder is producing such sick, compromised dogs. I hope this review helps someone else avoid Omega Shepherds like the plague. More than the financial aspect, their irresponsible breeding and selling practices have caused us tremendous heartache with what our wonderful dog has had to endure.
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Posted by pulkpull on 2013-08-06:
It sounds like you bought a german shepard.

These are pretty much everything that german shepards get.

Pure breed dogs are kind of cruelity to animals.
Posted by trmn8r on 2013-08-07:
I don't agree with the comment of "pulkpull" above. First and foremost, this breeder has numerous complaints against it online. I own a purebred dog from a breeder who has been actively breeding and showing dogs for 20 years - she has zero (0) complaints against her.

Secondly, if this sequence of diseases was typical, nobody would own a shepard. As the author of the complaint notes, the fact that buying a vitamin supplement for a year was required in exchange for a health guarantee was a huge red flag, and the breeder should have been avoided.

Breeding pure bred dogs properly often results in exemplary and healthy examples of the breed. When done poorly it results in sales for breeders and heartache and huge bills for the buyer.
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