We bought out puppy at the Fashion Island store 3 years ago and have had no problems with the dog, the store or their recommended vet in Irvine. We paid $1400 for a Maltese. We asked if they could guarantee it would not get bigger than 6 pounds because we wanted a small one. They said no which was honest. He did get to 5 pounds and is perfectly healthy BUT we did go to 6 shops and 2 breaders and did online research as to what to expect with this type of dog, what to look for etc. We did see differences in health, attitude, etc of the dogs we saw, all Maltese of course and also found out the breaders were nut cases. I think the people who have had bad experiences with Russo's did not do any homework at all and just went on down and plunked down their money and left with the 1st dog their stupid kid pointed out. And as far as Russo's being out of business according to one poster that does not prove a thing. If someone sued them all that says is "someone sued them". That does not mean Russo's did anything wrong. If anything you'd probably now get a better result at Russo's because of all the negative press everyone is pushing.