I have been looking into adopting two one year old OEM pups. Both females, neither spayed. They have been raised in a family with 6 children from 2-12 years old. The parents are on the premises and two cats also live there.
Vetting is lacking due to funds and I have been told they need rabies and boosters.(no biggie in the grand scheme)
I am nervous for a couple of diffent reasons. The owner wants me to sign a statement that I will take on all vet bills (no biggie and most would assume you do this when you adopt). Also a spay contract (again no biggie as I do not want to breed).
The thing that has me most nervous is the vet bill statement as most anybody who has ever adopted any dog understands vet bills become a big part of life, so I have to wonder what it is I may not being told.
She has stated the pups are friendly at her house but also stated "they may not act this way at yours". She has asked me to seal a peice of clothing and send it to her so the pups can sleep with it and get used to my smell. Again, what am I missing?
I want to add she is giving these pups away for no charge. They are purebreds.
Not being totally stupid, I suspect there are some aggression issues. But, I have zero experience with this breed.
I have two young grandchildren who spend alot of time at my house and I do not want to endnger them in any way. Not to mention my own pups/cats.
So for those of you who have had dealings with this breed, are the things she has said to me normal for somebody rehoming a 1yo to say? I know vet bills/medical can be high for this breed, but would you make it a point to inform new owners they are now responsible for vet bills if the pups were heathy?
I would normally just ride to see the pups, but they are about an 8 hour trip away and I am trying to determine if it is even worth it to make the intial trip.
I do not expect any 1yo pup to be perfect, but many red flags are going up here and I am not sure if it is me, she is just covering her bases or a combo of both. So I thought I'd put it out here and see what you all think.