Originally Posted by mackico
Hi there. I'm a relatively new member. I have a German Shepherd called Archie. He's 5 and neutered, so he will NEVER be bred from.
Archie has recently been diagnosed with EPI.
I'm trying to find reliable information to give to his breeders about why they shouldn't breed from his brothers/sisters/parents.
His breeders are absolute ******** but they're registered with the NZKC and sell their puppies all over New Zealand, so I'd really like all of the dogs from Archie's line to stop producing puppies. Archie also has severe bilateral arthritis in his elbows/elbow dysplasia and hip dysplasia, but when I informed the breeders of this they said that no other dogs from Archie's litter were having any issues. They also continued to breed both parent dogs, and some of Archie's half-siblings.
Anyway, I figure that if I can gather sufficient evidence about EPI dogs not being bred, maybe I can convince them to get some of Archie's line out of circulation.
Does anyone have any links to good research, maybe?
If they are really the way you describe them, no amt of info will stop them. They're breeders, you'd think they'd try learning which dogs should be bred and which shouldn't.
If they're not then nothing you show then will make a difference. You said you already tried telling them about hips and arthritis. Well, they will take your EPI research as just another 'attack' on their breeding practices.
My opinion, of course.