I figure if someone comes here to only stir up crap..they'll get to deal with you guys...that's all that means.
as for the untitled, untested litter...you're right Deb it's not the first...but as Michelle's signature line says silence is consent....
Mickle wrote:I like me a good show...1 vote in for no pants! LOL
blabsforbullies wrote:In my 10 years as a veterinarian, and nearly 10 as a vet tech prior to that, I have never seen a dog that had a hip that is subluxated while either in heat or pregnant, and then be normal (or what I would consider to be breeding quality) at a later date. To me, even if this was a common occurance (clinically I have not found this to be true, despite what OFA may or may not say ), I feel it is the RESPONSIBILTY of the breeder to WAIT and re-xray those hips to be absolutely sure there is no dysplasia. To say that you intended to breed regardless of the hip evaluation is never, in my opinion, doing anything postitive for any breed. All other factors aside, these dogs are, in your words, going to be working dogs. They need every joint to be as healthy as possible. I don't understand why health testings were not made a priority, especially in a new breed that, presumably, has a small acceptable genetic pool (simply by the sheer numbers of these dogs out there).
As to the comment that this breed doesn't suffer from many of the diseases that other breeds do, my feeling is that no dog is that lucky. If this breed is truly as new as suggested, then health issues may not be apparent yet. As for seeing visual signs of having bad hips, that is just not reliably true. For example, my dog Colby, who is one of the top dock diving dogs in the east coast, has terrible hips and elbows. And I mean TERRIBLE. He has absolutely not one visual sign. He is muscular, he has a normal gait, runs normally, is fast, and there is nothing wrong visually.
I only worry about the health of the dogs, and the rest is really not my area of expertise.
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