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Royalty Akitas - California, Lincoln / dead and dying puppies.

Jan 01, 2019

Do your research!! Please think twice before purchasing an Akita puppy from Royalty Akitas-- he is a glorified backyard breeder, with a "nice" facility, but no concern for the long term health of his dogs and their offspring. I know there are many positive reviews on here, and statistically, when you breed as many dogs as Don does, odds are, there are going to be many dogs without problems. However, in my opinion, and as the owner of one who has suffered because of Don's breeding ethics (or lack thereof), one dead dog, is one dead dog too many! Sadly, I know for a fact that the number of...

Royalty Akitas / sick akita puppy

Aug 17, 2017

8/17/2017 The day we bought our Akita puppy from Don Van Dermyden (the owner of Royalty Akitas) was one of the happiest days of our lives. Neither my wife nor I had ever bought a dog before, much less a puppy. Up until then, we had always rescued various breeds including an Akita and a German Shepard. The puppy we bought from Royalty Akitas, we named Bear, had insurmountable health issues. On July 11th, 2017 my wife posted this on the Akita World website: Today is a sad day for my husband and me. Our puppy will be euthanized this afternoon. He has been suffering from Irritable Bowel Disease...

Royalty Akitas - California, Lincoln / Never received puppy paid for, nor a refund

May 09, 2017

I purchased a puppy via PayPal for $2000, in two installments, from Don VanDermyden of Royalty Akitas, to be born in August 2016. By paying ahead, I was guaranteed the pick of the litter, and a "discount". Through email (photos included) and telephone we mutually agreed on the male puppy Kingston, born 8/28/2016 (breeding parents Titan x Misty). Assuming that he would be ready at 10 weeks of age, the following months I attempted numerous times through email and telephone contact to determine a date to pick the puppy up. He continued to lead me to believe that after the health check...

Royalty Akitas / Royalty Akitas Misrepresented Reviewer

Aug 11, 2011

I had a review i wrote on Royalty Akitas owned by Don Van Dermyden removed from this website a few weeks ago after thinking i was wrong to use the term, "puppy mill" and i apologize for that... i was upset and regret using that term. Now, someone has posted my original complaint on two other websites: and I have contacted both sites asking that the review be removed, i did not open an account to submit the complaint to either sites, instead, it looks like someone is possibly using my identity or someone else to post the review. Possible identity theft...