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Have Your Puppies Had Health Screening? Advice Please.
I have had a succession of blue merle girls, with a long gap (apartment living) the last 15.
I recently put a deposit on a puppy. The father is AKC and the mother is not. I am scheduled to pick her up May 16th.
I called the vet to discuss puppy care and appointments and was advised not to get any Aussie that has not had genetic parental testing for MDR1 and cataracts, an exam by a canine ophthalmologist, and X-rays for hip dysplasia.
I'm pretty sure this litter's owners have done none of that (outside of the father having the necessary AKC tests). The price is less than half of what you usually see.
I feel like such a dummy. My other dogs were AKC, and I just thought to myself, I don't care about AKC registration. I'm not going to breed her.