Tell-Tail Cocker Spaniels Review

I wish I had read comments from this website before contacting Diane Donnelly to purchase a cocker spaniel puppy. We would have kept looking and not purchased from her. She listed the puppy as Limited Registration but when questioned about what made this puppy not suitable to show, she stated there was nothing wrong with this puppy that would keep him from showing, that this is the only way she sells her puppies now. When we took our beautiful pup to the vet, he was found to be a cryptorchid – testicles are retained in the abdomen. We have printed out all of the e-mails between us and Diane so that we can take our complaints to the Ohio Attorney Generals office for deceptive sales practices. We have made Diane aware that we would be filing a complaint on this site and that we would contact the Ohio Attorney General office. Despite our pointing out that we were told by her that he had no defects when we purchased him, she has thus far refused to make any attempt to compensate us for the added expenses that will be incurred to correct this problem. | Cryptorchidism is a genetic defect that is a serious flaw that will necessitate more involved surgery to prevent further complications- dogs with retained testicles are 10X more likely to develop testicular cancer and more likely to show aggressive tendencies according to veterinary websites. A responsible breeder would have wanted to know this information so that she knows not to breed these two individuals together again to avoid another issue. Tell Tail’s Son of a Bee and Tell Tail’s Instant Replay are both AKC Champions and from a line of champions. The kennel has eye testing and hip testing certificates and we felt we were dealing with a responsible breeder. Sadly, we find we are mistaken. The e-mails from Diane have included the following: “just get him neutered”, when we brought up the risks associated with cryptorchidism her e-mail read in part “OMG I suggest you get another vet”, and her final email to this point reads “If he were mine I would take him to a spay/neuter clinic where they do thousands of neuters at a very low cost”. None of these emails represent a responsible breeder who cares about the healt of her breeding program or the puppies produced by that program. I would avoid her at all cost.


  • Name: Tell-Tail Cocker Spaniels
  • Country: United States
  • State: Ohio
  • City: Olmsted Twp
  • Address: 26993 Schady Road
  • Phone: 440-235-4237
  • Website:
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