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Current Replies for Yorkshire Terriers with Bad Patelas
10/10/2008 6:31:57 PM
Posts: 2
UPDATE Nov. 4th, 2008 -
Hi everyone -
Thank you for all your input - I just wanted everyone to know that the breeder my friend was dealing with, settled and sent them a full refund!

Hi - I am looking to add a Yorkshire Terrier to my home and have heard that they can genetically inherit bad Patelas from bad breeding practices, which can be costly with the surgeries to replace. I am looking for a quality breeder. There are so many on this site - anyone recommend one?

I have a friend who recently bought a Yorkie from a "so called" quality breeder in Kentucky, to find out weeks later from their vet, that the Yorkie has Grade IV Patelas. My friend is so upset, because now the breeder will not return any calls or email correspondences.
Sounds like the breeder scammed my friend out of a lot of money.
I don't want to fall into the same situation.
10/12/2008 3:24:54 PM
Posts: 676
Do your homework. Ask to see OFA records of the parents & grandparents. This is a problem in most of the small breeds not just Yorkies. Any dog could come up with it. Just if they are screening for it, makes highly unlikely.
10/30/2008 8:23:47 PM
Posts: 2
My friend did take the Yorkie puppy to two different vets for examinations - blood work, etc... both vets said the Yorkie has Grade IV Patelas and was underweight - the puppy was to have been 3 lbs. but arrived to my friend approx 2.5 lbs.. The breeder advertised this Yorkie as a Show quality dog bred from her AKC show quality Yorkies.
This was false advertising. This breeder lists their Yorkies, Poodles and Malteses on this website as well as numerous others.

Talked to my friend the other day to see if they heard back from the breeder. The breeder had their lawyer issue a Release Agreement to my friend that included a full refund and that my friend could keep the Yorkie. My friend had the contract notarized and signed, overnighted it back to the breeders lawyer in Kentucky, but hasn't heard from the breeder, nor received the promised refund. The breeders own lawyer can't even reach the breeder to resolve the situation.
This breeder is now advertising to sell the sister of the male puppy my friend purchased - same litter, same genetic problems, but at a much lower price.
This breeder is a scammer and knows it.
I found out that there are many others out there that have had bad dealings with the same breeder.
10/31/2008 9:20:58 AM
Posts: 1904
The puppy was out of AKC registered dogs.

The breeder claimed they were Show Quality. Did the person buying the puppy bother to check and see if any of those dogs were titled, or had produced any titled dogs? Did the purchaser check out any of those claiims? Did the purchaser check to see if there were any health test results listed on the OFA website and if not, did they ask to see current health testing on the dogs?

If the purchaser did not do their homework, then they are partly to blame for not kicking the tires before they bought the to speak.

Do i agree that this probably was not a good breeder? YES, but that does not make them 100% to blame for the situation. You get what you pay for, IF you do not do your research.

Serena Galloway
IGCA rescue Colorado

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11/3/2008 6:02:44 AM
Posts: 97
I agree with Ankhuigs on this. Bad patellas are rampant in this breed. They don't show up at birth but become apparent as the puppy grows. The breeder doesn't always know of a genetic problem at the time a puppy is shipped. Doing your homework involves knowing the health problems in your breed and then screening breeders to determine if they are taking reasonable measures to eliminate or prevent it in their pups. The fact that the pup has bad patellas does not necessarily mean she is a 'bad' breeder nor does it mean you have been scammed. The breeder is offering a full refund .