Hi! Just wanted to say a couple things on this subject. I am a breeder, and I am also familiar with one of the dogs in question, Juno.
From a breeders point, yes, a planned breeding you think will be great can go wrong. I think if one has been breeding long enough that you will experience many good and bad things. But, also, one must learn from theses experiences and go from there.
If I had a litter with the problems in Juno's litter I would not repeat that breeding. There are numerous reasons starting with the well being of the dog himself. Juno is a great dog--solid temperment, and everything that Nick wanted and dreamed of in a dog. However, since his elbows are bad, he is not able to do all the things he wants to do. It is sad to see this really nice dog unable to keep up with his friends and have to sit back and watch the others doing what he so desperately wants to do. He has the heart of a lion, but his body cannot keep up.
The problem also affects the people that are involved. Maybe some dogs are in families, or some are service dogs, or what have you. But, in the end, he/she is loved, and it is soooooo hard for the people to watch a dog that is in pain or a dog that cannot play or join in any activities.
And if the dog cannot reach a ripe old age because he/she is crippled.
If one truly loves breeding dogs and wants to do that, in a situation like this, it is wise to cut your losses, and do not repeat a breeding like this, but start with a different breeding, or totally new dogs. It would be morally and ethically wrong to knowingly produce a litter that the outcome might be the same.
Remember that if dogs are produced that have problems, the breeder has the responsibility to stand behind the dogs. If you cannot stand behind them, don't breed.
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