I agree with your initial complaint. My now late grandmother bought me a Chihuahua from them for $600.00 in 2006. He has Patellar Luxation or in layman's terms, dislocation of the kneecap. They obviously do not do genetic testing on their dogs. I wouldn't get another dog from them even if it was given to me. Genetic issues are no joke and the number one reason why no one should buy from a backyard breeder. Backyard breeders such as Little Poopers are in it for profit.
Ethical breeders don't make a profit because the genetic testing that goes towards their dams, sires, and puppies costs them thousands of dollars. Ethical breeders, are any breeders not in it for profit but to create a superior breed with outstanding genetics. Ethical breeders will not breed designer mutts for the very reason that, if you have a Poodle and a Maltese that both have different genetic eye diseases, then you breed them together, there will then come the puppies with two different eye diseases and a whole lot of vet bills. Ethical breeders will rarely make a profit on selling their puppies because they will do the expensive annual testing for their dams and sires by the Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) and one time testing after the dogs are over the age of two by Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) as well as (in the case for Chihuahuas) a Congenital Cardiac exam. Ethical breeders are usually hobbyists who just really enjoy the breed and want to do everything in their power to make it better and healthier.
Backyard breeders are why there are so many dogs in the humane societies are dying. More than a third of the dogs in shelters are purebreds. A lot of reasons why dogs are surrendered is because of the cost of genetic diseases. My Chihuahua's surgery was estimated at $4, 000.00 for both knees buy an orthopedic surgeon. If these people cared about their dogs, they'd pay the thousands of dollars for the genetic testing and would provide proof of such testing. If they're not doing the genetic testing they are making a killing on those puppies especially their dogs with "papers".
AKC registration means nothing. The AKC is a business like any other business; they're in it for money and almost anyone can register their dog and therefore make more money on their puppies. Backyard breeders, puppy brokers, and pet stores, use the AKC papers as a sales gimmick. Once upon a time the AKC meant something. Not anymore, especially not when they endorse puppy mills, puppy brokers, and backyard breeders. Although I don't agree with the AKC's sleazy practices, I will say that their website does offer some good information. A great example would be this:
"Be wary of a breeder who refuses/hesitates to give you papers, WANTS TO CHARGE YOU MORE FOR AKC PAPERS, offers papers from a registry other than the AKC, or tells you he/she will mail them to you at a later date."
This quote can be found on their website under their Responsible Breeders page under the eleventh bullet point.
Little Poopers hikes their prices way up for their AKC registration. It doesn't cost more than $25.00 for the initial litter fee plus $2.00 per puppy! That is straight from the AKC website! And Little Poopers double the cost of their puppies for that meaningless paper! They don't even follow the AKC's Breeder's Code of Ethics! Ridiculous. Had I not been 12 years old and instead educated on puppy buying as I am now, I would never have let my grandmother give them a dime. Never! I wish people would research puppy buying before they make a purchase because I know it would certainly save a lot of heartache and definitely cut back on our shelter populations.