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This breeder from Lincoln California, kennel name Jewels Cockers; owner's name Julie **; breeds AKC registered American Cocker Spaniels. She houses over 12 adult dogs in 3 x 5 cages in her garage. The animals are sub weight, lacking veterinary care, walk in their own feces for years. 3 dogs have lost their eye due to metal sticking out of a dog run, 3 dogs mysteriously died of unknown causes, she recently gave me 2 adult females as pets because she could not breed them due to cataracts and C-section performed on last litter. The 2 dogs I received are 5 & 6 yrs old and weigh 15 and 16 lbs. She informed me that the dog with cataracts had not been eating well in the prior 2 weeks. I took the dog to the vet for tests and found she had inoperable metastatic cancer with weeks to live; she provided NO VETERINARY CARE for this animal knowing she was not eating. Don't buy from this breeder!
I purchased a GSD puppy from Kolenda Kennels, 4 years ago. As soon as I picked up the puppy I realized something was wrong but chalked it up to being in the car. 3 days after I brought him home he was kept at my vets for 48 hours. He wouldn't eat or drink. They tried every did they had available to them and eventually went and bought chicken for him. It took months to transition him to dog food. Needless to say he had chronic diarrhea, and I spent a fortune on special food, medications, specialists etc. When I contacted them they were not very helpful, they did offer another puppy but who the hell gives away the puppy they've been hand feeding for months?
Anyway, at 2 1/2 years old he was put down because he stopped eating, and lost so much weight, he has no energy etc. His intestines had been twisted, and there was nothing they could do. The breeder had blocked me after I told them about his problems and bad knees. When I posted on their Facebook page about him having to be put down they didn't even respond. I easily spent $10,000 on trying to save him, that does not include the $2500 I spent to purchase the puppy. They didn't care at all. Didn't even say they were sorry.
"Cartoon Pets" sell sickly pups, using my pet as evidence. Our beloved Ace, a service pet for a disabled veteran, a Doberman who recently just turned 6, was diagnosed with a genetic disease called dilated-cardiomyopathy which he inherited from his parents. When the owner of "Cartoon Pets", whom BTW sells different breeds not just Dobermans openly claimed he doesn't test the dogs he breeds for genetic diseases or breeds them knowing they are sick, because he refuses to assume any liability for any unhealthy pups that he is selling and AKC certifying, allowing him to sell a sick pup for an outrageous amount of money to unsuspecting buyers because most buyer AKC certified pups have no genetic defects.
This lack of interest in his animal's health before breeding them seemingly appears to have the markings of a puppy mill so should be reported as such. My pup's diagnosis is proof they are dogs being sold that are sickly as I have a cardiologist who will attest this disease was directly given to him through the parents of the pet. As he claims his dogs are healthy on a his kennel's web page when asked for any vet records or lack of them he is unable to provide them.
Our Beloved ACE is sick and will pass away soon because he claimed he could breed dogs with this disease. Many Dobermans were sold from the same parents, so many will die before their time. As he will continue to breed Dobermans and other breeds without with genetic diseases and people will continue to lose their pets to this horrid disease he should not be allowed to continue. As I can not make the owner humane or force him to take more interest in the health of the animals that he breeds just for money but I and others can surely can try and protect those animals from being bred and buyers from getting ripped off because his dogs are not healthy at time of purchase.
I bought a puppy in Jan 2017 from a lying cheating breeder. Her name is RHONDA **. She charged me an additional $500.00 for these papers. My dog is a Border Collie. BEWARE she is a BIG time lying cheat. I am finding out that she has done this to other people, If anyone can help me prosecute her there is a $1000.00 reward. I have 2 addresses for her **. BEWARE.
Never provided pictures of dog I was to receive for 9 weeks. Misleading about the color - not red but apricot (or as she says “red orange”). Refused to refund deposit when Nola Standards contract states, ‘if Nola Standards is not able to fulfill dog desired full refund will be provided’. When approached with discussion Tabitha made accusations about me and my family. Very unprofessional and would not recommend buying any dogs from this breeder.
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I am firmly a don’t-breed-adopt dog lover, but I purchased a puppy from this breeder several years ago. I adore Australian Cattle Dogs, and when I contacted Lakota (Redmond, Oregon) I had recently lost a beloved ACD. I was weak, and I went against my own principles. But it was out of grief that I decided to buy. I now regret my decision. I am posting this here because I see that the breeder is now crossing a sibling of my dog to a dog separated by just two levels on the family tree. This is irresponsibly close line breeding, and since my dog has some genetic issues that should not be passed on, I am alarmed and disappointed to see it.
I had been reading ACD pedigrees for a long time while studying the breed (I have owned and loved six ACD rescues) so when I started looking for a dog I was already familiar with Lakota Cattle Dogs. They had a breeding dog descended from a line I had been following. They were also an AKC “breeder of merit,” and everything seemed on the up and up with their breeding program. Not a high-volume breeder. Definitely not a puppy mill. The owner seems to really love her dogs. I corresponded with her for a long while before signing the contract for a puppy. Had a good feeling about her. Had stars in my eyes. But I should have seen the red flags and backed off.
First red flag was the “blue” puppy I was buying was declared to be red after I agreed to purchase him (Cattle Dogs are born white). I think he was the last dog available in the litter, and I was already emotionally attached, so I said “no problem,” and let it go. But in retrospect that seems like a dodgy switcheroo, you know? Second red flag was the breeder said (after I had agreed to buy the dog) that the puppy was a loner and none of the other puppies would play with him (this speaks to an inherent lack of sociability, and that has been a huge, life-long problem for my dog). Third was when she shipped the pup to me (I know... I would never ship a dog normally, but as I said I was in a period of grief and making poor decisions) he ended up sitting in his crate during a long layover, and was almost perishing with hunger when I picked him up. Really cruel, and irresponsible. I trusted her to arrange the shipping. I should not have done so.
The biggest red flag came later — too late to do anything about it. My ACD puppy was shy and reactive. A shy Cattle Dog? Unusual. I thought maybe he was traumatized by the shipping experience. I thought could bring him out of his shell with training and love, but he grew into a dangerously reactive dog, even with methodical exposure to the outside world, puppy classes, private training, and my decades of experience raising and handling rescue dogs (who often come with a background of trauma).
When I contacted the breeder about this — the dog was an aggressive adolescent at this time — she did offer to take him back and rehome him. But she also mentioned in passing that the dog’s mother was extremely shy. She blamed this dog’s temperament on the person who had bred her, and owned her for a few years, without doing proper socialization. But shyness is a heritable trait! It is also a trait that is neither wanted not acceptable in any working dog. The breed standard for ACDs calls for a confident willfulness and attitude.
Even a certain pugnaciousness. So this breeder purchased a pretty breeding ** with good conformation and acceptable physical condition (eyes, hips), and bred her (several times so far, and continuing), even though she had a shy temperament? Totally irresponsible. And she continues to linebreed the offspring? And she never bothered to mention the mother’s temperament problem to me before I bought my puppy? I had grilled her on the background and temperaments of the breeding pair. Irresponsible, and dishonest.
As for my dog’s other genetics, he was diagnosed with a mild heart murmur (heritable) years ago. I told the breeder about this, but she shrugged it off and said something about doing the best she could to assess a puppy's health before selling it. Now that my dog is in mid-life, his hip is going. He is quite lame on one back leg, even though his parents supposedly have clear hips and his hips were given a (preliminary) pass. As for confirmation, he is about 30 percent larger than the AKC standard for Cattle Dogs. He is absolutely massive, with a heavy skeletal frame. He has never been able to jump well, and has always needed a boost to get into the car. This, in a breed meant to jump up onto the backs of steers, into trucks, over fences? He has not been able to jump well since puppyhood, which is indicative of both weak hips and his too-beefy size.
Don’t think that I love my dog any less for his imperfection (although the reactivity issue has been a nightmare). I mention all this because, primarily, the breeder continues to breed this line — and breed too closely. My second motivation is to warn buyers about a worrisome lack of transparency at Lakota Cattle Dogs. I recommend that people look elsewhere for a Cattle Dog. Preferably a shelter or rescue group. Look for a ranch dog, bred to work. Not a show dog. The AKC is ruining Australian Cattle Dogs, as are the bad breeders the AKC rewards.
Purchased a Bishop Frise for kids and couldn’t be much more unhappy. Size and personality of the breed seemed like a good match for the toddlers. Bonus, he was already house trained. I thought $1500 was steep for dog for the kids, but if all the hard work is done, AKC registered breeder, etc, etc. Get the dog home, he has a couple of accidents. No problem, he just made a transition right? Wrong. One week, still crapping in the house. Two weeks, more of the same. He has been crated overnight and when no one is home since the beginning. After the second week he was either outside or in the crate. Dog’s response? Go outside, not go potty, promptly crap and pee on the floor before on way back to crate. One can find plenty online about how hard Bichons are to house train, but I repeat, breeder said he was house trained.
Now he is carried between door and crate so he has no opportunity to go to the bathroom along the way. Now he just goes in his crate. Bichons are supposed to come smart. Even the dumbest animals don’t crap where they eat and sleep. Reminder, breeder said he was house trained, those words sealed the deal for me. When he is outside with the kids he is great. Kids love playing with him. He is playful and fun to watch. However, all joy is sucked out when you have to clean up crap and/or pee AGAIN. It has been two months now. I emailed the breeder 4 days ago asking for a refund because the dog was obviously not really house trained. I have heard nothing but the sound of crickets in reply. Goes to show you, people will say anything to make a sale. I wanted to leave a review on AKC Marketplace where I found JoJo’s Bichons, but that function isn’t available. Too bad, might weed out the less than scrupulous.
I have been wanting a German Shepherd for so long and was wanting a playmate for my female Husky and I found a really good family that had bred German Shepherd for a while. I drove to their house from Southern Missouri to Southern Iowa. It was a liter of 10 pups and they were living outside for 11 weeks and had plenty of space to run around and had all their first vaccinations and deworming done. The puppies have been playing with kids and have been socialized. I saw the sire in person but only the dam in picture cause she was asleep, got there late. No big kennel. Just one female and one male for them to have pups. Will look at AKC again if I want another one in the future.
Purchased 2 AKC Shih Tzu puppies for breeding from Cae Cobb aka Kay Cobb aka PIP (various names) which included a Health Warranty including genetic defects. 1 puppy was diagnosed at 6 months having Stenotic Nares, a genetic defect, needing surgery & would be unable to breed. Sent required proof to “breeder” from Vet who has since avoided further contact with me to evade honoring her warranty. Dishonest, unethical “breeder” who does NOT back health warranty. Ultimately the puppy died. Do not chance purchasing from this person.
I saw the review about the Boxer with 1 testicle and have also had a bad experience with a supposedly reputable AKC breeder of Miniature Schnauzers, GloJan kennels or website Ohioschnauzers.com. She knew we did not want to neuter our puppy and agreed to take that stipulation out of the contract. But, our 14 week old puppy had an undescended testicle which our vet found within 3 days. This should have been obvious to the breeder. She acted surprised and said her vet had checked, but the testicles can go up and down and advised to wait and see. He also had chronic diarrhea and had to have several worm treatments and go on special dog food. At about 8 months he started limping and our vet diagnosed Luxating Patella.
We kept trying to wait and see as Gloria told us- hoping but knowing it would be very rare for him to be ok. Finally, we had to have our dog neutered and this is a more extensive type of surgery, but did not want the cancer risk. This breeder has not backed up the health guarantee. We love our little dog, but want to warn others about this breeder. One would think AKC would be concerned about breeders on their site.
I purchased a Boxer puppy I named Dozer from Mary ** from Premier Boxers in FL. I paid $1000. Extra $3000 total for breeding rights and with no strings attached. The puppy arrived with 1 testicle. She would not stand good for it. It never did drop. One morning when Dozer was 13 months old I woke up to him not being able to stand up. I rushed him to my vet and an x-ray showed he was full of cancerous tumors. We lost him. We are devastated. There are many Boxer breeders out there that are behind their puppies 100%. Don't buy a puppy from Premiere Boxers. I have tried to contact her but it's been 3 months ago and she has not contacted me back.
Casey country companion kennel - This breeder appears to be a puppy mill and more interested in the money vs the health of the dogs. I purchased a golden off her in April of 2017 by the same golden parents...Piper and Charlie. At 5 months old my guy was diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia. In October (8 months old) he underwent complete hip replacement surgery at OSU medical center. Don't buy from this breeder. We contacted her and told her about the hip dysplasia and she just denied that her dogs had issues.
A dog I bought from a registered AKC Breeder. I tried to report the dog lineage for a genetic defect. The actual breeder just said “sorry she has it”. When I contacted the AKC to report this. I was told “Hi Kevin, thanks for reaching out to us. We are always concerned when we learn of sick dogs, or in this case, a genetic problem passed through the bloodline. However, the AKC does not license or endorse anyone engaged in the commerce of selling purebred dogs and, therefore, has no control over the business practices of those involved in such transactions. Membership in the AKC is comprised of independent dog clubs located throughout the United States. No individual persons are members of the AKC.” So in effect there is no oversight of breeders by an organization that claims to set breed standards. Buying from an AKC Breeder has the same risks as buying from a puppy mill.
My husband and I looked for 3 yrs for the perfect Frenchie. Stature, characteristics, price, & distance... Looked at hundreds upon hundreds of pictures etc. Searched and contemplated distance and price. Ms Janet was MORE than accommodating!!! Met up with us at an easy location. Shots done. Etc. She was so friendly and welcoming! We have recommended her to several friends who absolutely fell in love with our baby. He is worth every single penny plus more than we spent on him and believe me I was hesitant at 1st but my husband wanted a Frenchie SO bad.
He is the epitome of HAPPY and SMILE all wrapped up in one furball! It just makes our hearts glow looking at him. Loves getting pictures of our pup and can talk with her like we've been friends forever. She is an outstanding Breeder! Had trouble with our AKC papers and she was on top of making that right asap. Would highly HIGHLY recommend her!!! And we'll be getting more babies from her in the future as long as she's in business no matter where we are!
I was very pleased with the cleanliness of this business. Normally anything to do with pets you think mess, but it was surprisingly super clean and smelled very pleasant. I was very impressed with the quality of care there at that business. They were genuinely loving to my dog and showed lots of compassion towards mine and everyone else's dogs that I saw when there. The customer service was super awesome! Was very impressed! The staff was very knowledgeable when told what all was to be done in detail. I actually didn't stay the whole time so I can only vouch for what I was told and the end results, which were awesome also!
Very clean. It was a private home. The puppies were very well taken of. They were very healthy puppies. The house didn't smell. They had their first shots. They clean. No urine smell. Their kennels were clean. There was plenty of food there. They also had a certificate from the vet that the puppies were in good health. It was a good experience. They are very nice. They gave us plenty of time to make up our minds which puppy we wanted. They informed us what we needed for the puppy. They told us what kind of food to feed her. They told us about grooming her every 6 to 8 weeks, what kind of toys. And even recommended to a good vet.
When I go to their facility it's very clean, never dirty. My animals love the people there. Very sweet and don't mistreat and care that money is tight and give me time to pay them because my animal is number one. My animal doctor are very gentle and sweet and my animals love to be around the other people other departments because they care of these animals. I love my vets. They call us and send cards and love my animals just like family. That's like putting a special Mark in my heart. My animals are everything.
The breeder I purchased from had a very clean facility and home. Every aspect of the purchase was wonderful. I love having and AKC dog and would highly recommend others purchase AKC dogs. The puppy I purchased was lovingly cared for, was given her first puppy shot and wormed, was very well socialized having received individualized attention every day. The instructions given to me by the breeder were helpful. The information provided by the AKC was just what I needed and the breeder was very helpful as well, giving me prior health history and tips on feeding and housebreaking my new puppy. The AKC is very knowledgeable about dogs, especially puppies and their needs. If I have a question about caring for my dog, the AKC is the first place I look.
Building clean, individual cages, well-taken care dogs – clean and healthy. Excellent record keeping. Building was well insulated and temperature controlled. Dogs were well cared for, well fed. They were friendly and easily managed. The breeding stock was not abused by overly producing litters. Excellent records made it very easy to asserts in this. Original contact by phone. Excellent information and directions given to arrive at facilities. Staff was very helpful and courteous. Questions answered quickly and straightforward. Very knowledgeable about the breed in question and information about training and expected behavior of the puppies. All questions answered fully and clearly.
Very clean and neat. The dogs were well taken care of. They had plenty of room to run around. Nice yard, very well loved. Very pleased with the breeder. The dogs were vaccinated, nurtured. The breeder worked with them from puppies and by 8 weeks the puppy was already going outside. The breeder was thoughtful and caring. She constantly sent pictures of the puppies and showed them at play. She made sure I had everything I needed to bring my puppy home. She seemed very knowledgeable about the breed and how to work with the puppy. She fed the puppies quality food and providing excellent guidance.
I found the service staff to be very hygienic and I am a bit of a neat freak. The venue was fastidiously clean and it made really trust their service because, let's be honest, that is half the reason I go. I am not an easy customer to deal with. All too often I find customer support to be lacking, or the terms and conditions not being laid out plainly enough. I, however, really took a shine to the kind folks who laid everything out in perfect detail and my bill matched exactly what they told me it would be.
I felt as if I was listened to and coached through the experience. The entire time I felt like I was treated like a neighbor and not another customer standing in line. Specifically in this area, I find it important to have good customer service and these kind folks exceeded my expectations. I thought I knew what I was talking about when I walked in, but it turns out that the service staff knew far more than I ever could. They informed me about what they wanted to do and answered all of my questions with prompt, knowledgeable, and concise answers.
It was very clean and well kept. Dogs food and water bowls were clean. There were no visible urine or feces that I could see. Dogs were also clean and fresh. Dogs were nourished and hydrated and had no parasites visible. All had collars and seemed to be content in their kennels and none were aggressive. Customer service was excellent. Could not have asked for more than the service I was given. Wish all businesses had this high standard of customer service. Staff was very knowledgeable about pets, their conditions and all vital data. They were very helpful to me and my companion and went above and beyond the call of duty.
Kennels were best and clean. Dogs were clean and healthy. No bad smells or behaviors. Excellent experience. Glad we got our dog here. The dogs all seemed very well cared for. No issues noticed. We were very pleased in every aspect of the experience. The dogs all seemed well cared for. Very happy with our AKC Breeder. They were knowledgeable about the breeds they sold and very easy to deal with. So glad we went to that for our dog.
She had all animals up to date on shots and all were in excellent health and were guaranteed and she called me at my home twice over several months to check on the puppy and make sure health and attitude were satisfactory. I would recommend. Was able not only to give medications but point out standard features and qualities that I knew little to nothing about.
I actually only dealt with AKC through the mail when I purchased my purebred husky and was having him registered. They were professional and quick. They answered all of my questions about registering my pet and what I had to do to keep his "bloodline" pure. They were really kind and helpful and very knowledgeable. They explained everything we needed to do when we purchased our purebred puppy. They had recommendations and ideas and opinions that helped us through the process of registering our purebred husky pup.
The AKC breeders tend to keep their dogs in cleaner areas. The dogs appear to be in good health and also appear to get regular veterinarian checks as they look healthy as well as get regular grooming. The bred dogs I've seen are in good health and have nice living conditions. Although AKC bred dogs are far more expensive they belong to owners that appear to genuinely care about taking care of their dogs and finding good homes for them. AKC breeders are very knowledgeable about the breed of dog they specialize in as well as what typical traits to look for when choosing their type of dog.
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