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Thank you so much for the sources! I am reading through them now
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Disclaimer: I'm not a breeder, I've never bred a litter, nor do I personally compete my dogs in conformation or sport. That said, as much of a sucker as I am for a cute puppy, I, personally would pass. It's good that you have certain test results, but without additional background information there are too many unknowns in the scenario described for my comfort level. I understand the appeal of a free puppy but, over the years, I've found that the purchase price is often the least costly expenditure that you could encounter if your luck turns south.

Many of those unknowns might be discoverable with due diligence on your part by simply talking to the breeder (e.g., temperament characteristics in previous generations, trainability in previous generations, health issues in previous generations, etc). Other unknowns may not be so easily discovered. Too often it depends on the breeder's openness/honesty about what's behind her/his lines and how well s/he's kept track of previous litters. Some breeders are superb about this, others not so much.

IMO, the real risk in the scenario you've described is the degree of inbreeding that this puppy represents. Yes, inbreeding can 'fix' the characteristics that the breeder is trying to enhance/strengthen. But it also can 'fix' characteristics that the breeder may be unaware of or would have preferred to avoid. Further, those undesirable characteristics may be highly heritable although virtually undocumented as such because genetic testing isn't available or, if available, is prohibitively expensive. IMO, the real risk of inbreeding is that you don't know what you don't know; the results can easily become an exemplar of the Law of Unintended Consequences. Mind you, breeders run the same risks even with outcrosses. With line and inbreeding, however, those risks increase substantially because the available gene pool, so to say, has shrunk significantly over successive generations.

I've pulled a couple of (not too jargony) articles that might help in your decision-making. Or not...

https://breedingbusiness.com/consequ...og-inbreeding/

https://embarkvet.com/oedipus-rex-in...uantification/

https://www.hsvma.org/assets/pdfs/gu...-disorders.pdf
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You mentioned you rehomed the sire of this litter due to health issues... I don’t want to pry, but are those issues completely resolved? Is there any chance that the health issues were genetic? I’d be concerned about having a sick puppy, depending on the answer to those questions.

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You mentioned you rehomed the sire of this litter due to health issues... I don’t want to pry, but are those issues completely resolved? Is there any chance that the health issues were genetic? I’d be concerned about having a sick puppy, depending on the answer to those questions.
Yes, the health issues were recurring UTIs that I just couldn't afford to continue to treat.

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What caused the recurring UTI? Was it a physical abnormality?




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What caused the recurring UTI? Was it a physical abnormality?
Not that I know of. He never had any problems until he was 6 years old.

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He just turned 6 this past summer? so you just recently rehomed him within the last 6 months? If that's true, then I think you need to wait to really make sure you are financially stable.
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I do not own either dog.

I fell on really hard times a while back and had to find Kody a new home because he was very sick and I couldn't afford to take him to the vet. The people who own Kilo took him in. Now I am in a much better place with a large emergency fund saved up, and since Kody accidentally impregnated Kilo, they are offering me a free puppy.
Somehow I missed this before. Congratulations on getting yourself to a better place such that you can consider a new puppy. That's an achievement; creating an emergency fund while you did so was a very smart move.

Steve makes a very good point about considering this puppy as a 'rescue.' As someone who happily lives with a GSD obtained from the local shelter, I've largely adopted that approach myself. But, I've done so fully mindful that there may be heritable issues that I'll never know about until they pop up --- if they ever do.

The reality is that many of those same things might pop up with a well bred puppy produced by an experienced breeder (BTDT). Stuff happens. The other reality, however, is that the lack of any background info for my girl still bothers me. Even at this point, you have more information (or access thereto) than I do. I'd exploit that opportunity and find out as much as I possibly could as part of my decision-making.

Good luck, whatever you decide. Puppies are hard to resist.
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I'm not really planning on breeding this new puppy unless she just unexpectedly turns out to be exceptional in terms of temperament, working ability, and heath, and while I would like to compete her in Schutzhund, I'm not going to get my hopes up with her being some world champion or anything. The only thing I'm really worried about is getting a puppy that turns out wonky with devastating health issues. As long as they turn out good looking and with reasonably decent health, I'm happy with a free puppy.

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Let me understand this... You previously owned the male, who had some health issues which you had some issues with affording treatments and you placed or gave him to someone, who then allowed an accidental breeding with closely related female. Now that you are in a better financial situation, they are offering you a female puppy for free. It is a 2-3 breeding which is no longer allowed by the SV, from non health tested parents, without titles, and you already might possibly consider breeding the female pup down the road, if she turns out nice???

While I understand that accidental breeding's can happen, with the closeness in relationship, there really should have been more responsibility in managing the two dogs. The problem with close breeding's is that your risk of severe issues showing up, increase drastically. If you do decide to take a pup, never ever consider breeding it, and have it altered. Make the best of the situation by training and working with the pup, but know that you are taking the pup just to give it a good home, as a pet/rescue, and a learning experierence. Lots to think about and consider. I certainly wouldn't take a pup from this accidental breeding, especially if you want to compete in Schutzhund. Good Luck.

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If she shouldnt be bred, that's fine, but I definitely don't plan on spaying her. I've read way too much on the health issues associated with it. I would never allow an unplanned breeding though. Now that I live in a condo and no longer have a backyard, I have no risk of my dogs (I have a female yorkie) escaping anymore, so I really wont have to worry about an unplanned litter.

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I don't know why the sire's best photo has him in a diaper. That suggests health issues. Also, I wouldn't buy or even take for free a pup from a breeder who has an oops. I don't believe in oopses and find they represent a higher level of irresponsibility than any intentional breeding.


Like me, I have a bitch, awesome dam, who has had 5 litters for me. She will be 9 in March. To breed her at this point, her last litter is about 10 months old, well I personally think she is too old to be bred again, even though she is healthy and looks good. Now, I think folks that would get a puppy from me, might frown on me breeding her so late. But if I were to say, "Oh yeah, Kojak scaled the fence and was in with her..." then, everything would be ok, lots of laughs all around and my boy gets a pat on his back.

No. The almighty oops litter is just too easy to claim and therefore get a pass for any time of shoddy breeding practices.

Have a young bitch that is under a year, but you really, really want puppies, oops!

Have a dog and his half-sister that would make really cute puppies, oops!

Have a dog with no papers, but you just know its purebred, oops!

In with a group that really like to see titles, but you can't get a title on a dog for some reason, oops!

Have a bitch with hip dysplasia, or EPI, or MegE, conformation fault, etc., oops!

Pet-people can maybe get away with the oopses because, they maybe are not as in to the politics, animal rights people wanting everything on four legs spayed or neutered, and to the lengths that some of those folks will go to see that happen, where in places it is, in fact, mandatory. How do people fight that when our attitude toward oops-breedings is "whoops, accidents happen." Breeders have intact dogs and bitches and they know how to keep them intact without oopses happening. They have to do that. I mean, how do you ensure that your bitch was only inseminated by a specific dog, if you can't keep dogs and bitches separate?
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