Buddy FKA Tiko is one of the pups from 2015’s T litter that was surrendered to a high-kill shelter by the owner of one of his parents. The shelter was told that this litter came from a mother that was a Lab mix and the father was a purebred Lab. Buddy’s Wisdom Panel results were consistent with this with one parent being a pure-bred Lab and the other being 75% Lab & 25% Whippet.
We, with Buddy’s mom’s permission, wanted to share an update on him that you may want to keep in mind if you’re thinking about getting a dog from a breeder:
A few months after his adoption, Buddy’s mom took him on a short walk and noticed he was struggling to walk and then just lay down. He’d always had an awkward gait that they’d attributed that to him being a gangly pup, but this was different and he was taken to the vet for evaluation. Buddy was diagnosed with a hereditary condition known as Centronuclear Myopathy (CNM) aka Hereditary Myopathy in Labrador Retrievers (HMLR) that is caused when a dog inherits 2 copies of a recessive gene, one from each of it’s parents. It’s now estimated that 1 dog in seven purebred Labrador Retrievers in the US carry this gene. Since dogs that only have one copy of the gene do not have symptoms, the only way to know a healthy dog carries the gene is by genetic testing.
The reason we’re giving you this crash course in genetics is to point out that this is one of the many reasons animal rescues & others raise so many concerns not only about puppy mills, but also about commercial breeding of dogs in general. The high volumes of breeding, especially by those who do not know or care about good animal husbandry and who do not follow up directly with the litters they breed continue to breed & overbreed dogs that, often, carry recessive genes like this. If these dogs are not spayed/neutered by the people that buy them, the puppies of unplanned litters can inherit the disorder.
If you are saying to yourself, “well a dog that came from a rescue was diagnosed so why should I adopt from a shelter/rescue instead of buying a dog from a breeder?” The answer is that in adopting a dog instead of buying from a breeder/pet store, you would not be contributing to the problem. The more popular a dog breed is, the more likely it is to be over-bred and the higher a likelihood that such a dog will remain intact leading to unplanned litters as well.
Luckily for Buddy, his family loves him just as he is and all that matters to them is that he is happy & has a great quality of life.
“Although he tires easily and has an awkward gait, HE doesn’t seem to think that there’s anything wrong & it surely doesn’t matter to us: It just makes him even more special. He loves to play with his fur sister, Daisy, and just rests whenever he needs to. He is such a sweet and handsome boy and we are SO glad that he came to be with our family.”
We couldn’t be happier that Buddy found the perfect furever family for him.