Alpine Lion Boerboels LLC / Products
Last winter, our beloved dog, Satchel went into kidney failure and we unexpectedly had to put him down. My husband and I loved the boerboel breed and began doing our research. We read great things about Alpine Lion Boerboels and their litter included the exact type of puppy we were looking for to join our family. We decided on the boy and were anxiously awaiting our new addition. However, due to the harsh winter we had to wait about a week longer. We got the puppy home and once we were able to get it out of the cage we noticed it was the wrong puppy. We wanted the boy and ended up with a girl. We immediately called Patrick, who at first did not believe us that he somehow sent the wrong puppy. He then realized his mistake and told us that his 12 year old son packaged the wrong dog at 3am because he was busy doing another shipment to Greece. He offered to pay for us to send the dog back, but we didn't want to put the puppy through more trauma as she was so scared to come out of her cage (it took about 40 minutes for her to feel comfortable). We were going to find another home for her, but once we got the boy, we ended up keeping both. We trained both puppies, took them to puppy classes and followed strict training. Everything was great up until about 8 months when they had their first fight - it was over some left over crumbs. As the months went on, each of the two dogs began to get more aggressive, especially towards our third and older dog. As we were raising them, we always made it very clear through training that our older dog, an American Bulldog was the #1 dog of the house. We called Patrick to see if had any insights on why all of a sudden the dogs behavior changed. He went on an aggressive texting rant, which he later took back once he realized he confused us with another client (red flag). Patrick offered no insight as to the change in the dogs behavior. On our end, we hired private police and security dog trainers to help with the dogs. The female was beginning to be scared of literally everything - the breeze, cars, toys, new objects in the house, trees..etc. We can't even get her to leave our house to try and take her for a walk. We did get her spayed, but that really didn't do anything to change her behavior. The boy also has some odd behavior issues. For example, when touching his side, he will growl and bark. He does the same if he is hurt and someone is trying to administer any medication/treatment. We got him neutered after a year once this behavior became more and more routine. Our trainers think that it may have to do with someone being too rough with him as a puppy prior to when we got him (i.e. breeder grabbing him and throwing him into the crate). Between the girl being scared and the boy becoming aggressive without warrant, I have some serious concerns about home Alpine Boerboel treats its puppies. These types of dogs should have a calm and friendly temperament and should not become aggressive when introduced to new people/dogs properly. We have done everything appropriately from training to socializing. After seeing some of the other reviews, its clear that Alpine Lion Boerboel's dogs are having issues which is also why they removed their 1 year guarantee off their website as well as any contact information. While we do love these dogs, it has made having them extremely difficult and costly. Collectively, we have spent about $10K on medical costs from their dog fights on each other and on our third dog and now with a baby, we are extremely concerned about the boy. Has anyone else seen this type of behavior in their boerboel's from Alpine Lion Boerboel?