A New Zealand reader writes with a very sad story. Perhaps some of our readers who are also Scottish Terrier breeders can help out with the jaw question.
As for how to get another Scottie, we have a few readers down under who might be able to offer up advice. I know from what they’ve said in the past that they do often have to fly them in from quite far away.
Here’s Norma’s story:
I live in New Zealand and recently bought a darling Scotty terrier male puppy. I live in Nelson and the puppy came from Hamilton so I had to buy the pup – unseen – for $1,200 + huge travel costs. When he arrived, he was totally gorgeous … except for the fact that he had a badly undershot jaw. The lower jaw was 1 cm away from the upper jaw.
The breeders assured me that this was in the case with all Scotties and that “he would grow into his jaw”. I took him to 3 vets who all told me to send him back as there was no way that this little fella’s jaw would ever grow to be normal – in fact, later on in life, he would have considerable problems.
I have sent him back – sogging up numerous hankies in the process and losing a huge amount of money in travel costs. Could you tell me, who was right? Where the breeders right with their assurances or the Vets who based their knowledge over a wide spectrum of different dog breeds? I would so appreciate your help for when we go to buy another one.
Kindest regards, Norma