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Kai is 10 yrs 1 month old looks & acts like he's 5.

Big Dog Kennel - Kai is 10 yrs 1 month old looks & acts like he's 5.
Big Dog Kennel - Kai is 10 yrs 1 month old looks & acts like he's 5.
Big Dog Kennel - Kai is 10 yrs 1 month old looks & acts like he's 5.
Big Dog Kennel - Kai is 10 yrs 1 month old looks & acts like he's 5.
Big Dog Kennel - Kai is 10 yrs 1 month old looks & acts like he's 5.
Big Dog Kennel - Kai is 10 yrs 1 month old looks & acts like he's 5.
Our only negative is that we never received AKC papers for Kai. We believe that Kai is the most perfect Rottweiler who has ever lived. Azzo is his father. My regret is that we did not freeze his sperm.
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Azzo was born in 2007 so your pups heritage is completely up in the air. Of which I'm not surprised

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#2235324 Review #2235324 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Ocean View, Delaware

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I purchased a male Rottie from this breeder 4 1/2 years ago. He was a beautiful dog with some serious genetic health problems that finally took his sweet life. He came to me with osteosarcoma, diabetes and entropian. I watched this brave puppy suffer in spite of the best veterinary care I could find. He died of a combination of causes with his head in my wifes lap. We paid $3000 for him and an untold amount on veterinary care. P

User's recommendation: Keep looking. This woman is not to be trusted.

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#2567303 Review #2567303 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Product
Big Dog Kennel Rottweiler Dog
Cons
  • Genetic disqualification
Preferred solution
The AKC to stop registering her dogs

Any other Kennel but

Bought a 6 month old full tail import lines. Paid 3500 for. At that stage slinky stage couldnt really tell. But i sware she was mixed with a coondog. The neighbors near them had black and tans and I think one got to this female or whatever and this rottie was always very skinny smallest head ever. Howled. Nothing like a rottie at all. I bred for many years and this place was a total joke and dogs are not titling and showing and doing all this. She just breeds. It's sad. I took the dog back and have her back..maybe once in a while someone might have half a good experience no way could be
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#1774006 Review #1774006 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
New Castle, Delaware

BEWARE

Muzzle was left on my dog that suffocated and died.
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#1708227 Review #1708227 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Pros
  • Disgusting
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Well, you were lucky you had no problems with Linda. Our dog was a wonderful dog. I put in the time to train her. We were just about to start therapy dog training when she started having seizures. She has been sued a few times. We sued her because she owed us money...
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#1618550 Review #1618550 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
California, Maryland

Thor my rottie.

I bought Thor back in 2008. It’s been very interesting reading these reviews. I’ve been thinking about another rottie pup. We never got papers on Thor. Didn’t need them. We were not going to show or breed. I loved that dog. One of the best I’ve ever had but he died unexpectedly at 6 years old. Interesting. I paid 3500.00 for that dog. She tried to get more by saying there was a mix up. Didn’t work. But I paid ALOT. I still loved that dog.
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#1533741 Review #1533741 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Chelan, Washington
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Big Dog Kennel - Terrible experience
We bought a wonderful pup from Linda. But at the age of 8 months she was diagnosed with “the worse hip dysphasia I have ever seen in a pup” , the words from the surgeon. It took over two years to get any papers on the pup. Linda had us initial several areas on the...
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We got Max from Linda and after receiving him in Washington State we have never been able to contact her again! This has been since 2016!

We just found out yesterday he will need surgery on both shoulders due to severe bone spurs and loss of cartilage! THE sweetest dog!

Linda also has never sent the AKC paperwork! I wouldn't ever give up Max but that woman has no business breeding these wonderful animals!!!!

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#1478436 Review #1478436 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Product
Big Dog Kennel Rottweiler Dog
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Big Dog Kennel - Excellent Experience @ BDK b/c we chose our perfect dog wisely, trained him extensively & have loved him unconditionally & Kai is best dog in world
Big Dog Kennel - Excellent Experience @ BDK b/c we chose our perfect dog wisely, trained him extensively & have loved him unconditionally & Kai is best dog in world
Big Dog Kennel - Excellent Experience @ BDK b/c we chose our perfect dog wisely, trained him extensively & have loved him unconditionally & Kai is best dog in world
Excellent Experience @ BDK b/c we chose our perfect dog wisely, trained him extensively & have loved him unconditionally & Kai is best dog in world. Kai flies on airplanes in coach. Kai is my wife's trained Mobility Service Dog. Melanie has had MS for 7 yrs. We looked...
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#1146463 Review #1146463 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Glen Allen, Virginia
Product
Big Dog Kennel Rottweiler Dog
Pros
  • Love our dogs beauty
  • Loved the quality of the dogs
  • Love our dogs bravery
Cons
  • Quality of the facilities the dogs were held in
Reason of review
Good quality

Not that bad of a company

I am a big Dog Kennel Dog owner! I know this breeder has a bad Rap but I have to say in her defense that my rottie I purchased in 2006 is still alive and well. He is still as handsome as when I purchased him back then. he has grown with our family and we love him so much! He is a lot older now and moving a lot slower but I keep him in good health with good vatimins and glucosamine for his joints. The one thing I keep reading in the reviews is how much cheaper she is charging for her dogs. I paid $3,500 for my pup but was worth every penny to me and my family!
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#1139254 Review #1139254 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Product
Big Dog Kennel Rottweiler Dog
Pros
  • Dogs
  • Dog
Cons
  • Cost of puppy
Reason of review
I did get a quality dog and the best family member ever!
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Good dog!!

Update by user Dec 28, 2017

I canot locate any other breeders of Rotties nearer than Lynchburg. We got a wonderful dog from Linda Howard, but price and her tactics were terrible.

We will probably have to contact her if we get another Rottie, but will Not pay 1500.00. Negotiate, Linda!

Original review posted by user Nov 22, 2017
I bought a beautiful Rottie in July of 2012 from Linda Howard. Paid 1500.00 for him, 500.00 cash and two checks for 500.00 each. Linda said I still owed 500.00 but I did not! A couple she had taking care of dogs while she was in hospital kept the cash and lied to Linda. Never got registration papers. Axel died September 9, 2017, from cancer. My dog was beautiful, smart, very affectionate with me and my grandchildren, and protective of us. I have tried to contact Linda, but have had no luck. She does raise excellent dogs, but 1500.00 each is now beyond my reach, as I am retired and on Social Security, which is much less than 1500.00 per month.
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#1135917 Review #1135917 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Glen Allen, Virginia
Product
Big Dog Kennel Rottweiler Dog
Pros
  • Dogs
Cons
  • People caring for the dogs
  • Cost of puppy
Reason of review
Problems with payment
Loss
$1500

In response to Linda's excuse

"I do remember the people, my question is why didn't they express their concerns at the time with me ?" Do you know how many times I have messaged you since I purchased my dog from you in 2010? You even blocked me from sending you messages because you ran out of excuses. Your son did not run your business when I purchased my pup, because YOU sold her to us! YOUR name and signature is on all of the paperwork. You are a complete crook! I have been asking you for the past 7 years for my AKC paperwork and you have YET to rectify the situation. I completely understand your health issues, but you have had time in the past 7 years to get my dogs paperwork in and certified. You are honestly leaving my family with no other option than to take this issue to court. I hate to do it, but you have given us no other option.
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#1092612 Review #1092612 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Glen Allen, Virginia
Product
Big Dog Kennel Dog
Reason of review
Poor customer service
Loss
$1800
Preferred solution
Full refund
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Big Dog Kennel Rottweiler Dog Review

Some of the best rotties I've found. Papers for what family pets and needs no papers. These dogs are the real deal. Will always get my rotties from her. Keep up the good work your dog's are awesome
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#979544 Review #979544 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Product
Big Dog Kennel Rottweiler Dog
Reason of review
Good quality
Big Dog Kennel - Misrepresented the puppy as a BDK puppy, Never provided AKC papers, Puppy dies at 7 months old from Genetic Defect
On feb 10,2016 I purchased a male from her. She showed me the parents suggesting the size he could be. I left with her promising to send me his AKC papers. The next day I took him to the vet (as she recommended)  and he was diagnosed with parasites. When I...
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Do your research! Her kennel was shut down in another Va county (possibly Fairfax) years ago for poor conditions/sanitation violations.

There was also a class action lawsuit against Linda Howard for basically not abiding by HER own contract and misrepresenting the breed. One buyer had her Rottie's (purchased from Linda) DNA tested and results showed a mix of Mastiff in the bloodline...Linda advertises breeding the largest Rotties, her company mascot "COURAGIOUS CUZ - FOUNDING STUD OF BDK - THE BIGGEST ROTTWEILER THAT EVER LIVED!" that she still uses many years after his death, reportedly weighed 185+ lbs!...now we know why they were so large! Linda was also withholding AKC papers from those owners. Beware of other breeders who may have a "Linda Rottie" in their family line.

I purchased a Rottie in 2015 from a self-designated breeder in Ruther-Glenn, Va. The pup grew to be extremely high strung and larger than any Rottie I've had; I've owned 6 over the past 19 years. I was able to get his full registration papers that showed he had great-great-great grandparents on both the sire and dam's side from BDK! I couldn't believe it!

Unfortunately he grew too large and aggressive to have around my toddler grandson so I surrendered him to a Rottie rescue. It's unfortunate that some breed for $$$ without consideration for the pups or the owners.

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#878134 Review #878134 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Glen Allen, Virginia
Product
Big Dog Kennel Rottweiler Dog
Reason of review
She misrepresented the puppy never followed through on the paperwork quaranteed in the contract She lied about anything and everything during the sale of the puppy!!
Loss
$2300
Preferred solution
I want $750 for not providing AKCD papers on my puppy as per the Virginia Consumer Protection Act and for her to give me what I paid for AKC Rottie!! The thousand

Review in Animal Services category

I paid Linda 1250.00 gor and adult female named gi gi. This was six months ago. I paid for her rabies shot because she was not sure when she was last vaccinated. I paid 250.00 for a titre shot because I live out of the usa this is required. When I call or text her all she says Is I need more money. I told her that I was not sending her a penny more until I get confirmation of my titre shot. Now she is not communicating. She is a *** artist & should be shut down. She talks about having no staff to secretary not doing her job etc. She even says she can fool the vets by switching papers because they are not thourough. I am not losing my money I am contacting the akc with my text messages from her. Don't trust Linda Howard of BDK rottweilers she is an old thief that knows her way around this business.
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#876839 Review #876839 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
George Town, Cayman Islands
Reason of review
Order processing issue

Review in Animal Services category from Boston, Massachusetts

I love the new post Linda did. She has had A plethora of complaints since she moved to Hanover. She was kicked out of Verina for dog abuse. She went to Charles city where she was shut down. Then she came to Hanover and runs a horrible business once again. I have numerous other breeders and cops tell me how awful she is and I have had a very very very bad experience with her for which I have recordings and a file on her. She had managed to find away around legitimate in good standing laws which is brilliant on her part. I can't tell my personal story because she would know exactly who I am because the situation was just so heartbreaking and awful. I have never seen a "breeder" like her. She can post fake picture that seem like she is in good standing but the rotti community absolutely hates her. People have to experience things on their own and learn but please please please do your research and do not let her fool you. Her dogs are unstable and she is dishonest in every sense of the word. So many people have tried to get out of breeding contracts with her because they realize their mistake. Please find good reputable breeders. Don't make an emotional choice because a dog is cute in the moment.
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#792312 Review #792312 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Boston, Massachusetts
Product
Big Dog Kennel Dog
Reason of review
Poor customer service
Big Dog Kennel - Dog Review from Montpelier, Virginia
Big Dog Kennel - Dog Review from Montpelier, Virginia
Big Dog Kennel - Dog Review from Montpelier, Virginia
Big Dog Kennel - Dog Review from Montpelier, Virginia
Big Dog Kennel - Dog Review from Montpelier, Virginia
Big Dog Kennel - Dog Review from Montpelier, Virginia
Hello...I'm the owner of Big dog kennel I have been in business raising only full reg AKC Rottweilers since 1999 And am in good standing with AKC, they do an inspection of my kennel, dogs, microchips and DNA yearly They have no complaints since I started up again I...
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#1599141

My husband and I returned a pup that was supposedly "16 weeks" old because the vet said the dog had fear aggression (The vet said the dog was at LEAST 20 weeks old). The one week we had him, he growled and snapped at 2 different people.

We didn't really have a choice being this dog would have been a huge liability. She refused to refund our money and we took her to court in 2007. Here it is 2018 and still have not seen the money we won back in court. This lady is a JOKE!

and rude and unprofessional just as the other comments say. Stay away from this business!

You do not deserve a second chance what so ever! Maybe a second chance to take you back to court for our money!!!!!

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#747422 Review #747422 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Montpelier, Virginia
Product
Big Dog Kennel Dog

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