A close friend of mine purchased a puppy from Mr. Gentil through Mypuppy.com.
I didn't like a number of things about the business transaction between her and him so I did a little research. The more I found out about him and his past, the more it confirmed my suspicions about him. To begin with, the photo he posted to advertise the dog she purchased, was not an actual picture of her dog. After closely comparing the photo to the dog, many differences were noted. That same photo was posted again and advertised as another dog with different coloring. Interesting tactic but really stupid duh!
Mr. Gentil advertises all of his puppies as having champion bloodlines, being champion sired and that the dogs are registered/registerable (AKC, NKC, etc.). The dog my friend bought was advertised with those exact same words under the picture of the dog she fell in love with. She only received a piece of paper from the American Purebred Registry as the dog's registration papers. The American Purebred Registry will register any dog based on a breeder's or pet owner's word alone and nothing more. Her dog will never qualify to be registered with the AKC, NKC or even CKC.
The wording that Mr. Gentil used to advertise the registration or registration possibilities of the puppy he sold to her is a fraudulent lie! The newspaper her dog goes to the bathroom on is worth more than its registration papers. Mr. Gentil also charged sales tax above the listed price of the puppy, which is absurd. A reputable breeder will always include sales tax to be paid to the state, within the purchase price of the dog and will never add it above the selling price.
In addition to the complaints filed against Mr. Gentil on this site and other websites, the Volusia County Florida Circuit Court public records makes for some interesting reading. Of the 24 lawsuits from September 1989 through April 2006 that Mr. Gentil has been involved with, 2 of them filed in 1999 & 2001, were against Mr. Gentil and his pet store, in which the Plaintiffs received judgments ranging from $105.50 to $250.00 for dog registration problems.
Thank God my friend's dog is very healthy at this time. Her dog might be full-blooded Chihuahua, but in my opinion, that fact is questionable in light of Mr. Gentil's less than exemplary past. It's a cute dog, but aside from how it looks, its personality is far different from any of the Chihuahuas I have ever worked with or owned over the last 35 years.
Mr. Gentil offers no real proof that him, or his family, are the breeders of the puppies he sells. He's owned and operated 2 pet stores in recent years, one of them named Scales & Tails. It would be my educated guess, based on the business name and the 2 lawsuits mentioned, that he sold dogs out of that store. Pet stores are notoriously known for selling bad quality or puppy mill dogs. My friend never met her puppy's parents because Mr. Gentil delivered the dog to her at an agreed upon location through Mr. Gentil's insistence that it be done this way.
No matter though, and despite my personal opinions about whether or not her dog is a pure Chihuahua, the bottom line is, she was overcharged for a poor specimen (by AKC standards) of a Chihuahua with absolutely worthless registration papers. In this case, Mr. Gentil did not deliver exactly what he advertised with the picture of the puppy she chose to buy.
She loves her dog, but is really disappointed in Mr. Gentil at this time.
She trusted Mr. Gentil because he impressed her as a caring and genuine individual. All of his good works will never completely redeem his underhanded business practices which gives a black eye to reputable breeders. I don't care who comes to Mr. Gentil's defense once they read this, because it won't matter. What I've posted is the absolute truth about my opinions regarding his business practices when it comes to selling unsuspecting and trusting customers an advertised championship bloodline puppy. There is nothing anybody can ever say in Mr. Gentil's defense that will change my mind. Those of us who aren't shy about voicing our opinions about Mr. Gentil are not the ones that are ruining his reputation. Mr. Gentil is the only one responsible for hurting his reputation because of how he conducts business when it comes to selling puppies. In light of Mr. Gentil's past, the only advice I can offer to anyone is buyer beware of this breeder!