I purchased Spike from a pet store in MA for 2000.00. The pet store said he was a purebred and registered to NKC and gave me paperwork with the breaders registration information. Since then I've tried locating the breader and have been unsucessful. I spoke with the vet and he stated that a breader out of MO, especially Golden City MO is probably a puppy mill. Anyone else run into this and/or have any suggestions...was i ripped off 2k for a mutt is a lot of money...don't get me wrong he's not going back but i want the "TRUTH"