We’ve analyzed all available reviews for this breeder and summarized our findings below for your convenience!
Customers have had overwhelmingly positive experiences with this golden retriever breeder, highlighting the health and trainability of the puppies. One reviewer specifically mentions how the breeder hand-feeds the puppies to prevent food aggression, leading to a well-behaved and friendly dog.
Another reviewer praises the breeder for socializing the puppies and teaching basic commands. However, there is one negative review from a customer who experienced health issues with their Old English Sheepdog puppy.
They express frustration with the breeder's response and lack of compensation. This negative review should be taken into consideration by potential customers.
Great Lakes Kennel Reviews
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Got the cutest Old English Sheepdog puppy from Mary Kay. The puppies are well socialized and very healthy. She even taught my puppy how to sit and shake. He has the best temperament. A little bundle of love! I would recommend them to anyone!
We have a Great Lakes Kennel Sheepadoodle from Mary Kay, and can’t say enough about how amazing our beloved Rosie is! She is the healthiest dog we’ve ever owned, and the most easily trained. Mary Kay feeds the pups by hand and touches their faces often from early on so they don’t grow up food aggressive. Our Rosie has never once been protective over her food and has even willingly tried sharing her kibble with our small kids. Thank you Mary Kay for such a wonderful addition to our family.
Wonderful conversation with breeder. Reserved a puppy from a future litter.
DON’T PURCHASE SHEEPDOGS FROM MARY
On initial contact with Great Lakes Kennels I was pleased to see many great reviews. I purchased an Old English Sheepdog on April 24, 2021. My dog is 11 months old and this past week I have spent over 700 in vet bills due to my dog being diagnosed with hip dysplasia and have now scheduled a consultation with an orthopedic dog surgeon. Upon finding out that my dog has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia I contacted Mary to let her know (because an ethical dog breeder would not breed the 2 parents again). When I called Mary to let her know about this I told her he was from the liter born on Jan 31 2021, she then proceeded to tell me that she did not have a liter born on this date. I provided her with documentation that shows her name as well as a date of birth and she responded with “then that is correct!”. As a new dog owner I knew the risks of getting a large breed dog with my own research but Mary made no effort to also let me know about the many health issues that the dogs can suffer as result of getting a dog that has been bred within too close of a gene pool. On the phone I asked that she make sure to not breed the parents again and to check in with the other families from said liter. She told me that I was the only one to have complained about this and that if more people have she would “look into it” if Mary was an ethical dog breeder she would have made sure to look into this now that I have told her. My 11 month old Sheepdog cannot walk up the stairs and is scheduled for a surgical consultation on Jan 13th. Mary has offered no compensation or any type of reassurance that these parents would not be bred again and in turn asked me “well what type of stairs do you have”. Very unprofessional and quite frankly rude.
We had a very negative experience working with this breeder.