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Question DetailsAsked on 4/12/2013

Can I report a breeder that has sold me a purebred dog with genetic defects

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Answered 7 years ago by JP


If it is a registered breed, you should also be able to report the breeder to the breed certifying agency (AKC, etc). Of course, be careful about any complaints, because if you cannot prove them you are putting yourself at risk of lawsuit for defamation and slander / libel.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD


I do not think you can "report" a breeder as there is really no place to report to.

The AKC is a registration organization and does not get involved in any complaint issues.

Also, it would depend on the age of the dog when the problem surfaced. If you buy a puppy and it is seen by your vet and given a clean bill of health, your breeder is not on the hook for anything. If the breeder gave you an in writing genetic guarantee, you can sue in small claims court if you are within the timeframe. Proving 'genetic' defect vs age of dog, accident, misuse of dog, etc., can be hard to do. Anyone buying a dog from a breeder or elsewhere should have a guarantee in writing!

Answered 7 years ago by angelwynd7


It depends on the defect and how soon you noticed it. Some states have 'puppy lemon laws' that address defects in recently purchased dogs. Responsible breeders will discuss the genetic defects to which the breed is prone and what the testing protocols are for the breed, and how/if the litter's parents have been tested for them; and usually mention some guarantees in the sales contract (though the guarantees vary).

Even responsible breeders are not God; and cannot always foresee a genetic defect if it has not been seen in several generations or in the dog's line at all. Breeding purebred dogs is an art rather than an exact science. But responsible breeders (not puppy mills, or backyard breeders) will do their best, given the testing and knowledge available, to create healthy puppies.

As for irresponsible breeders; unless you notice the particular genetic defect fairly soon after purchase, or it was specifically mentioned in the sales contract and compensation promised, I am not sure that reporting the breeder will do any good - unless, of course, you noticed that the breeder mistreated his/her dogs.

Answered 6 years ago by Guest_9030898

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