11 ‘Curio Kennel’ Reviews
I would also recommend finding another breeder. Liz is very tentative while showing interest in her puppies, but does a fine job of dancing around any important questions regarding the pups health before she received payment and books the dog's flight. Once the dog's paid for/shipped and in your hands, you won't get her 10 minute e-mail response time, but instead, you'll have a sick pup in hand with questions going unanswered for 24-48 hours. She also refuses to help with any vet bill that may come with getting the sick pup she sent to you, healthy. My specific review of this breeder is because of our story that follows -
On August 16th, 2014, I had purchased a miniature shar pei puppy from Curio Kennel, and my sister and I were picking her up from the airport. When we pulled her out of the crate she was shipped in, her eyes were caked over with mucous/dried eye boogers. Her flight from Florida to Los Angeles had been delayed 2 hours, so she spent a 12 hours sedated. She also had a VERY nasally sound to her breathing, but again, I thought she probably had a lot of snot/boogers from being knocked out for so long; I figured because she had such a long trip, it was probably very hard on a little pup at just 10 weeks old.
We kept a close eye on her through the night, and into the next day. That next evening, I noticed an "eye booger" looking thing on her butt, and figured it was from our other male shar pei (who's 3 years old) playing with her. I wiped the "eye booger" off with a piece of toilet paper, and I realized it was MOVING on the toilet paper. It was very obvious it was some kind of worm, most likely tapeworm after googling it. Not a huge deal, as a lot of puppies tend to get tapeworm once or twice, but we figured we'd take her to the vet to just do a complete checkup on our new puppy (even though we hadn't, and STILL HAVEN'T, received her papers from Liz). After her vet visit, she was diagnosed with a very severe respiratory infection, eye infections in both eyes, and an open wound/lump on her front right leg. Obviously we had to move forward with treating our pup, who's name is now Pumpkin :), sooner than later, as a respiratory infection can easily turn into pneumonia very quickly in a puppy. She was prescribed a high dosage of antibiotics, eye "drops" (more like a vaseline), Panacur for tapeworm (which Liz had stated she was on as a puppy in order to rid of any tapeworm-like viruses), a small circular pill that was to take care of her "hookworm" parasite, and they drained the lump on her front right leg. Our vet told my sister and I, not to get our hopes up, but we had some work to do, as her respiratory infection is very severe and will likely turn into pneumonia (often a puppy killer). Total Cost: $511
After her first appointment, I contacted Liz asking for her papers, per our vet's request. Liz stated she had mailed the papers already, and wasn't able to scan a copy to our vet's office because she doesn't keep a copy of them for herself. At this point, I started to feel really uncomfortable dealing with this lady. She wouldn't answer the phone, wouldn't respond to my emails but every other day, and refused to help with our cost at the vet's office JUST 2 DAYS AFTER RECEIVING THE PUPPY. Our vet recommended re-vaccinating her and giving her all the necessary shots a puppy's supposed to get. We agreed and ended up covering the cost.
Pumpkin ended up having 2 follow up appointments, and had to continue antibiotic treatment for almost a month. She has another appointment next week for a check up, but seems to be doing a lot better; I think she's going to make it. :)
I normally don't like to submit poor reviews in lieu of a poor purchase/sale on any type of website, and I probably wouldn't have wrote one if our puppy hadn't made it through all of this, but Liz Cleveland and her husband are crooked. I highly recommend not buying a puppy from this breeder, unless you're looking to go through a string of emotions trying to get your puppy to good health.
Shiba Inu are their money makers
IF you are lucky, and you're picking out anything besides a Shiba, there will be a 50% chance of getting a healthy puppy. Pick a Shiba and you are forcing that over bred girl to have another litter! They won't stop breeding, until there are no suckers left to sell to!
Mini shar pei
We purchased the most adorable Miniature Shar pei puppy from Curio kennel, she was shipped to California with all shots and papers. Liz has been tremendous to deal with and highly recommend the for your future purchases. We searched for the perfect puppy and believe they are truly "high class."Thanks again!
Using stolen pictures of dogs
Before I read all of the terrible reviews (on multiple websites, including the BBB), I contacted Liz about one of her puppies. I asked for a picture of the parents, and she sent me a picture stolen from another breeder. It just so happened that I recently purchased a puppy from the breeder she stole the picture from! When I confronted her, she stopped responding to me.
Back yard breeder at best
Curio Kennel may not be as bad as a puppy mill, but it for sure is a back yard breeder. Do your research on google... forums... etc before going with this place. Breeder does not do any genetic testing on her shiba dames and sires.
Breeder is a crock of shit...
"The reason why we have a cream shiba in our breeding program is because cream males produce very bright red pups with very defined white markings. Cream is a recessive gene so even with a cream male we very rarely get cream pups - it has been almost a year since we have even had one. If you use a red sesame male, or a black and tan male - even a red and white male - you will usually get a higher occurrence of red sesame pups and black and tan pups. "
I am sure the AKC would frown upon using a creme Shiba to breed... regardless of it being the dame or sire.