I thought I did all the right research in looking for a reputable breeder. One can never tell from just a website so I went to see her in person. The owner comes across very pleasent and answered all my questions. I was told the dogs were health tested, yet I was never shown any copies of documentation. Now I know I should have asked!!!
We picked up our puppy at 7 weeks of age and took him home. We were told that the puppy might have some diarrhea due to stress which all made sense to me so I didnt panic when that night the puppy had liquid poo's. We took him into our vet the next day and told them about the stool issue. Our vet immediately ran a stool sample and it came back positive for coccidia. I emailed the breeder as the contract stated you are recieving a happy, healthy puppy and it was apparent I was not. I realize that coccidia is easily treatable but I wanted to make the breeder aware that the rest of the litter will most likely be affected. My email was never returned.
Our puppy was treated and recovered beautifully. At a year of age we had our dog neutered as per our contract. I emailed a copy of the neuter certificate and even mailed a hardcopy to her home. After 2 months I had not heard from Landos so I sent a 2nd and 3rd email asking when to expect my CKC papers. I also tried to follow up with multiple phone calls, no one ever picked up the phone or returned my messages. I ended up calling the CKC 6 mths later and had to get them involved. FINALLY I got my papers. Now fast forward 2 years later. We started noticing that our 2.5 yr old dog was very stiff when he woke up and he was having issues with stairs and such. At first we thought he pulled a muscle so the vet put him on some pain meds and anti-inflammatories. He just wasnt getting any better and it seemed to be both of his legs. We ended up having x-rays done and sent off to the USA to be read. It came back as being hip dysplasia. Again we tried to contact the breeder as we had a 3 yr health guarantee on our dog for hips and heart. They never returnd any of the multiple emails or countless phone calls. BIG SURPRISE!!! We opted for surgery and had both hips repaired, thank god we had pet insurance. Our dog is now almost 4 and we just got more horrible news, as if what we have gone through wasn't enough. Last week our dog was playing in the backyard with his ball and just fell over. Tests have revealed he has Cardiomyopathy. There is no point in contacting his breeder again, his health guarantee is over with and she never responded to his hip issues. All I can do is warn as many people as possible about this breeder. Since dealing with Landos I have met several people with their own personal horror story. Hip and heart issues seem to be a common thing. They claim they guarantee hips and heart but good luck getting a hold of them.