New puppy worry
Lovely to see a lively forum for GS lovers.
I just put a deposit on a pure-bred GS puppy from a responsible
home breeder. He has pedigrees from both parents back three generations
in Germany and Crotia. My chosen puppy is 6 weeks old, so I'll be taking
him home in two weeks.
Yesterday, I went to visit him and bond. My concern is that he seems to sit kindof funny.
He was on his belly with front legs up a little, but his back legs were sprayed out flat like a frog's legs. Then later I saw him laying down with his back legs scrunched underneath his body in a weird way. I know NOTHING about dogs; my first puppy, so I don't know if this is normal for GS puppies or if it's a sign of hip dysplasia. When I saw him at 4 weeks, he did also walk with a little sideways tilt--a little.
Should I insist on a vet exam before paying the rest of the money and taking him home? Even if he does have hip problems, somebody has to raise him. What rights do I have to refuse him? The breeders never guaranteed a hip-problem free puppy. I want to do the right thing, but am worried...
Thanks for listening.