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"Sharing" a dog with a breeder?
So I've been in the search for a puppy for a couple months and have had discussions with various different breeders in the midwest. I recently struck up a conversation with a reputable (or atleast I read good things about them online) breeder who said that while she did not have any puppies in a litter available, the breeder she "co-breeds" with did and that I should contact her.
After having a few conversations via email and phone, the breeder offered a proposition I hadn't heard of before. She wants a puppy from her litter to "show" and potentially breed. Now I have no interest in showing and my plan was to spay/neuter as soon as age appropriate. She has one female in her litter left, and said she would feel comfortable giving me the female if I allowed to show her (at no expense to me, the breeder would come get the dog during events) and if the breeder decides, I let her breed the dog. In exchange for this, I have two options: A) Keep a puppy from the future litter or B) be compensated back my initial payment to get the original puppy (in effect, getting it for free.)
The breeder is about 2.5 hours from where I'm located and she keeps insisting that it won't be any extra hassle or expense on my part. She said she has had this arrangement with puppies in previous litter as well. In fact, the mother of the current litter is from a family out in Denver.
Is this normal? Normally I would move on but because she was recommended to me by someone who seems pretty trustworthy in communities I've researched, I am giving it more thought.