I wanted the biggest of the litter and a male. He did well until 7 months. My vet and a surgeon both told me he had hip dysplasia. The breeder said no way of course. I did both iips pin hipped and the wobbling rear was gone. The breeder said later he just needed water therapy and he had been on stairs and she told me not to let him on any stairs. He hadn't.
I knew going in that if he was shipped out of state I would not get a health agreement. He came from the Northwest Coast to Central Middle America. I don't doubt for a minute that she is a great breeder. There are always videos of her puppies and praises from her clients. I would buy from her again. She is always supportive.
He was delivered with Giardia and had to have two bouts of antibiotics as he grew so fast the first one was not enough.
He has always had an extremely sensitivity to any food change. Even a nibble of bread that may fall on the floor he snarffs up and has diarrhea.
Later, at 6 years of age he was still being fed a high quality food but started losing weight slowly. He is a long haired GSD, I didn't even notice until I felt his bones during a bath. He was starving to death.
He now has Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) and will be on enzymes forever so he can digest food and he's gained his weight back and gone above his 85 pound top to 91 pounds. That is proper for his size.
You never know with a breeder or their vet. Even if she gives you a health guauntee, it wouldn't be for life. I would walk away if your gut is telling you to beware.
I was very happy I could afford to put 6K out at 7 months so she wouldn't need a full hip replacement later. I wanted to do agility training but that didn't happen. We can't play Frisbee either but he can chase balls, is fast as a speeding bullet, low prey drive (actually 0) and low energy which was perfect for our huge family.
Doing well now and thriving and not staying a runt is not insurance that problems won't happen down the road. If you are just looking for a smaller GSD, pick a small female in the litter. I always trust my gut. If you already are not fully committed it might not be a bad idea to pass on this puppy.
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Jackson-Papillion-10 years old Passed away 4/2013