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    DefaultWould you take a chance with Mild Elbow Dysplasia

    I have the opportunity to get a 2yr old black lab champion with mild elbow Dysplasia. He is a great dog, very friendly, smart but I am concerned about his elbows. He appears very sound and the breeder has been very upfront on his condition.

    Any thought, opinions would be very much appreciated.

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    Yes, I would.
    My girl Java has mild ED in both elbows and it does not slow her down at all.
    We keep her very lean and on good supplements.
    Mild ED can definitely be well managed so the dog can still live a happy, healthy, active life!

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    I wouldn't think twice about it.

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    Yep, I've had a dog with it and the dog NEVER limped nor had an issue. I would suggest you start the dog immediately on Glucosamine/Chrondritin and make sure he doesn't carry any extra weight.



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    Agree for the most part. The only way I'd say no is if you have your heart set on doing something like agility/flyball where you couldn't avoid a lot of pounding on the front end. If you are looking for a "normal" companion, you'll be good to go!

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    My question would be this: Why isn't the breeder keeping him.

    I know, I know, a lot of breeders only keep dogs they can breed... but why are they dumping him?

    Has he been raised a house dog? Has he lived in a kennel? Is he house trained? Have you seen the films, spoken with an ortho vet or had his elbows re-shot?

    I think before the heart gets attached you should have all of the facts. He's obviously sound enough to have finished his CH, but in 5 years it might be a different story.

    But as of what I know, I'd be judging the breeder before the dog.
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    There is no harm in a breeder opting to re-home a dog. We purchased Romy from a breeder when she was close to a year old. While she is not an AKC champion, she is pointed. Her litter actually produced multiple AKC Champions. Our girl works as a certified Therapy Dog and SU competes in obedience with her. She has recently traveled across the US with us and made friends all over the country. Her breeder wanted her to have the best life possible. As painful as it was for our breeder to place her, she did what she knew was best for the dog.

    We have had two other AKC Champions placed in our home by breeders after the dogs were retired from their breeding programs. It was a win, win situation for everyone.

    Within a month, after we lost Marshal, a breeder approach us about two females she had retired. The dogs were a perfect combination for our household. One dog enjoyed hunting and the other was a perfect therapy dog candidate. Her main concern was that the dogs go to the same home. Unfortunately, we were not ready to add them to our family.
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    I would but then I'm a sucker for a beautiful dog.
    It turned out my late, beloved Caleb had ED. He was almost 10 before he had any symptoms at all and then medications helped him be 95% sound until he died of cancer.
    I also would immediately put him on glucosamine/chondroitin. We finally had our 6 year olds hips done. He's a Canadian Champ and people kept asking to breed to him but our vet called his hips "iffy" so until this summer we never even sent them in. It turns out he has "moderate" hip dysplasia and hasn't had a symptom. I can't help but wonder if its because he was put on glucosamine/chondroitin back when he was 2. We now put everybody on it at 6-8 mos.
    Get him!

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    I have re-homed a dog. I am not judging the breeder's choice, I'm simply asking WHY she is re-homing. That's important to me.
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    Seems simple to me. Didn't pass elbows, can't use him for breeding....bye bye doggie. It's good for the new owners though.

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