Friday, April 16, 2010
When I walked in today, there was a German Shepard in one of the cages. Having a German Shepard myself, I know they are big dogs. This dog was in a cage as big as any of the other puppies' (very very small). American bred German Shepards have very sloped backs, putting pressure on their back legs. This happened to my German Shepard, and this one didn't look any better. I asked the manager about the dog. She said he was six and weighed 110lbs. I asked about him having hip problems. She said he did and that I could buy him for $100. Of course I declined. Then I walked out.
I reasearched about breeders. The American bred ones tend to have hip problems. At the bottom of the page it said that German Shepards usually sell for $1,000. The manager must've been pretty desperate to get rid of the dog. She offered a $900 discount!
Moral of the story: Never, never, NEVER buy pets from pet stores unless you can see their living conditions. Buying a pet from a legal breeder is a good choice. You know where they are kept and how they live. The legal breeders know what they are doing. Listen to them. Not some crazy lady you met at a pet store.