County Club Rottweilers and Bullmastiffs Complaint - 8-Month Old Pup Has Hip Dysplasia

Review by threedognight on 2010-11-14
BOWLING GREEN, INDIANA -- About 10 days ago we took our 8-month old rottweiler puppy to the vet because she was wasn't eating and limping some. We requested that she be x-rayed. It turns out she has hip dysplasia. We will see a specialist in Anderson as soon as possible to make whatever correction is recommended.

This puppy was purchased for $800 from County Club Rottweilers and Bullmastiffs in Bowling Green, Indiana. Although we were told her parents were not related, when we received her papers we discovered that her parents are full siblings. Now we're dealing with this genetic defect.

When contacted, the breeder, Danielle Cass, indicated that she has been breeding for some time and this is her first incident with hip dysplasia. She also indicated that we would receive a replacement puppy, whatever that means.

If you have purchased a puppy from this breeder, I would be interested to know your experience.
Comments:4 Replies - Latest reply on 2011-01-22
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-11-14:
How do you know the owner even knew about this puppy's problems? How long have you had the puppy before this problem became noticable? If there scientific fact stating that siblings can cause defects in their young?
Posted by threedognight on 2010-11-17:
We were asked to pick up the puppy at 5 weeks. The puppy just turned 8 months old. Limping occured about 10 days ago. That prompted a set of xrays. The xrays revealed the hip dysplasia.

Hip dysplasia is a genetic defect. If both parents are carriers of a particular genetic defect, it is much more likely the the offspring of those carriers will also have the defect. That's why laws prohibit persons who are first cousins or more closely related from marrying one another.

We were told by the breeder that they have had no problems with hip dysplasia in the 14 adult dogs on their property although the dogs have not been OFA certified. It is our opinion that the breeder is aware of problems.

The pup is in surgery this morning at Anderson to the tune of $2500. Add to that the cost of consult yesterday at $432 and the cost of spaying. Yes, we expect to be compensated for our expenses.

Posted by MDSasquatch on 2010-11-17:
maybe you could find some good rescue organizations, there is no reason to use a breeder for a pet
Posted by gadjmet on 2011-01-22:
My experience with this breeder was completely different! I purchased two Rotties from Danielle and couldn't be happier! They have been a wonderful addition to our family. It is obvious they were born in a very loving atmosphere and played with as pups.They are very social dogs and have been from the beginning.

When I bought my Rotties, I was given a contract that very clearly stated that if a genetic health issue occurs, I would be able to get a replacement pup from the next litter. This seems very reasonable to me. How could Danielle know that your pup had hip dysplasia, when it wasn't even diagnosed by a vet until recently?

AND in no way, shape, or form do I believe that there is any inbreeding going on. First of all if this were the case, AKC wouldn't even consider registering the pups and send you papers. This claim is totally bogus and you know it!

It makes me sad to think that because of your false statements a family might not get to experience what we have with these wonderful animals.

I bet if you asked any of the other families that previously purchased pups from Danielle if they were happy with there purchase the response would be overwhelmingly positive!

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