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post #11 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-05-2017, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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So many great recommendations...a bit overwhelming, I admit, but what a great selection! I'm impressed.

At the moment we're still leaning toward Mittelwest, a huge factor being their lifetime health guarantee. We'll be visiting the kennel soon. We aren't ready for a puppy quite yet, but we want to see where our pup would be coming from and meet the people and dogs. I'll definitely report back with my thoughts, for those who may be interested as well!
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Not sure where you're getting the Mittelwest lifetime health guarantee from. I have a 4 yo Mittelwest dog with severe bilateral hip dysplasia, x-rays rated by the SV in Germany at 12 months and on file. I was a valued Mittelwest team member for years, and received nothing as far as a guarantee. If anyone wants to know more, including info about his temperament as well as the kennel, please feel free to pm me.

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Not sure where you're getting the Mittelwest lifetime health guarantee from. I have a 4 yo Mittelwest dog with severe bilateral hip dysplasia, x-rays rated by the SV in Germany at 12 months and on file. I was a valued Mittelwest team member for years, and received nothing as far as a guarantee. If anyone wants to know more, including info about his temperament as well as the kennel, please feel free to pm me.
It says it on the website. My question would be do you have to return your dog to get replacement puppy? If that is the case then the warranty means nothing to me, because I'm not giving up a dog that I had for a year because it has hip dysplasia.


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I think there is a breeder up that way that offers a full life health guarantee for certain genetic conditions. They offer a new puppy of equal/greater value and let you keep your first one if you want to keep it. Most breeders make you give the 'sick' puppy back though to get a new one.
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Not sure where you're getting the Mittelwest lifetime health guarantee from. I have a 4 yo Mittelwest dog with severe bilateral hip dysplasia, x-rays rated by the SV in Germany at 12 months and on file. I was a valued Mittelwest team member for years, and received nothing as far as a guarantee. If anyone wants to know more, including info about his temperament as well as the kennel, please feel free to pm me.

Sandy, are you saying Julie of Mittelwest knows of your dog's health problems and has refused to offer a replacement?
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Sandy, are you saying Julie of Mittelwest knows of your dog's health problems and has refused to offer a replacement?
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I think there is a breeder up that way that offers a full life health guarantee for certain genetic conditions. They offer a new puppy of equal/greater value and let you keep your first one if you want to keep it. Most breeders make you give the 'sick' puppy back though to get a new one.
Do you know which breeder this is?
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I purchased a pup from Julie at Mittelwest in 2000. He was a great dog but he did develop pretty severe hip dysplasia and I notified Julie. This is going back a long time, but if I remember correctly I think she was willing to replace my dog but who in their right mind is going to part with a dog that you already have become attached to. I think my Fritz was around 2 years old when it was detected and there was no way I was going to give her my dog back. I think the replace your dog warranties are pointless - would be nice to see breeders credit for a future dog if severe HD is detected by a certain age.
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Why? I offer the same thing. I don't require people to give the affected animal back. Most breeders don't require that these days.
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I think you should be just as diligent in health as looks if you are going the SL way. Most of these dogs are very heavily linebred and science tells us that when you heavily linebreed to a certain point then genetic, congenital and mental health issues increase. I'm not advising against SL dog, but I certainly would have a mentor help me.
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