the leg to the bottom of the image looks malformed - curved - and I don't think it is because of positioning.
I don't think the leg is actually bowed. Just that it is more vertical than the other leg. It probably couldn't be laid flat due to all the arthritis
- interesting read and I thought Japan, as a developed country, was better. I'm not from there though (I just like Japan, hence the name). I live in a developing south east asian country. I just don't want to post the name, because I'm a bit paranoid about people googling me lol country starts with T and ends with land.
Yeah animals are not treated very well here, at least not by a Western standard. Animals are very much property to be exploited. Dog fighting is still legal in Shikoku. Go to Okinawa if you want to see a habu (type of venomous snake) fight a mongoose. Live octopi, fish, and shrimp are regularly served as sushi. Various animal cafes are neat, but they are not known for their husbandry standards. The bird of prey ones are the coolest but also the most suspect.
As for dogs, there is a distinct dichotomy between the small cute pet dogs that are often dressed in clothes and generally spoiled and the native dog breeds that are considered livestock. For the small pet type dog, all that matters is that they are cute. Keeping the native dog breeds on the other hand is very similar to bonsai in that it is the hobby of old men. It's often physically out of the question to take one of these un-socialized dogs in a car to the vet. I guess this is what really bothers me about this particular breeder. He cared enough about making money to get X-rays to see if the breeding took, but not to do heath checks.
If you have connections in Germany, yes, get someone to get you a puppy....most breeders are going to send the bottom puppies in a litter abroad....there have been numerous posters here who have been taken by European breeders who promise a far different animal than they ship out....
One other caveat if you are planning on importing a dog, the cargo alone is going to cost a fortune and if I lived in T-land, I'd be afraid of the dog roasting on the tarmac.