Purchased my beloved pom from a breeder in Oregon 8 yrs. ago. Before buying I specifically asked about any congenital defects found in breeders bloodlines. IE: collapsing trachea and joint problems, I was assured none existed ever. Breeder deliberately misled me and I bought a beautiful little boy REMINGTON for $2000.00 plus air fare from my home to Oregon to pick him up, over $3000.00 total. FINAL STORY i HAVE HAD OVER $7000.00 IN VET BILLS FOR MEDS, EXAMS, AND PROCEDURES DUE TO THE VERY PROBLEMS i ASKED ABOUT BEFORE PURCHASING MY BABY. He IS NOW, AS i AM WRITING THis, IN SURGERY AT UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIIA DAVIS VETERINERY HOSPITAL IN MAJOR SURGERY TO TRY AND REPAIR JUST ONE OF TWO debilitating JOINT PROblems, a sublux patella rr another to be done on the lr if he heals from this surgery. Surgery is dangerous because he also has a severely collapsed trachea. All these problems are hereditary and the result of a negligent breeder. This surgery is an additional $2,500.00. NEVER TRUST ANY BREEDER !! HAVE A VET OF YOUR CHOOSING NOT THE BREEDERS EXAMINE YOUR PUPPY BEFORE MAKING AN EXPENSIVE DECISION. I love my baby and will do whatever it takes for his well being. This is cruel and unusual torture to both the animal and the owner. 8 years of worry and sleepless nights all because of a negligent and obtuse breeder. Please be careful.