Obvious question: Did you talk to breeder? I'd be quite upset if I paid for a healthy dog that did not turn out healthy. And this isn't a 9yo dog, it's a 7mo puppy
This is what the breeder responded with:
"I am sorry he is not doing well. A dog that has fast growth comes up with these kind of issues. I know you have done your best. Thanks for letting me know. "
I guess I'm even surprised they responded, not sure what else their reply would have been.
this was my original note:
"I wanted to send you some updates on Rocco - he is a handsome boy and a great family pet. We always receive compliments on his good looks. He is great with the kids and we have been working on him to socialize with other dogs and have continued with training out in Western Loudoun.
I did want to send you an update, however, on his overall health. Rocco started limping this earlier week so we took him to the vet rule out an injury. He was confirmed with pano (we know is common) and hip dysplasia. I was told that I should let you know. We have been very diligent to keep him on a lean diet, avoiding overexercising, and he has never been up or down stairs. We are very disheartened but know that these things happen.
I understand there is a two year guarantee for a replacement for another puppy but we intend to keep Rocco as he is a big part of our family. Attached is a picture of Rocco a month or two ago before both his ears came up along with his x-ray."