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In the case of a dog sold as 'co-owned' with the intent of the breeder using the dog later for breeding?

I am debating on a puppy for next year (different breed) and a few breeders I am considering sell all their show puppies on a co-own with the option for them to use the dog, which I'm ok with in one sense, but then again does that mean I have to look after getting all the clearances done and kept up? Or does the breeder usually assume those costs? What about transport (these are breeders in the US, I'm in Canada) - do they fly the dog back and forth or???

It's not clear on the contract as to how they deal with those details. Really don't want to have to foot the extra bills for THAT and then not get a pup out of the deal - if the dog was awesome it'd be one thing but I can only have so many dogs....:bowl:

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All of that needs to be spelled out in the contract, and may vary from person to person. It may also impact the how much you pay for the puppy.

The only way to handle this is to ask the breeder all of those questions upfront, and then spell it out in the contract.

For example, if a bitch, do you whelp the litter? or do they? How long would they keep her? Who pays for progesterone testing? Clearances? Who pays the stud fee? What if there are no puppies? For how many litters are you on the hook for? What if your girl requires a C-section? What if she dies during labor? or pregnancy?

And for a male, who pays the cost of collection? How many times can they use him? Can you allow him to be used by other breeders and keep the stud fee? How much notice would you be given? etc.

At what point does the dog become entirely yours?
 

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I agree with Linda that the details need to be put in the contract so there is never any misunderstanding. I know that with most breeders it will differ if you plan on also using the dog or just keeping it intact for the breeder. (I'm assuming it is a male) I always consider it a privledge that an owner will allow me options of breeding back to a dog. It helps me out because it keeps access to those genes and usually allows the new owner to get a nicer dog that may not have been avilable if I couldn't breed back. But because I see it as a privledge I offer to pay for clearances. Now, most of my puppies are in performance homes so the owners are already doing hips and elbows for their own knowledge even if they spay/neuter but if not I offer to help with this. I think it just depends. Some of the clearences aren't very expensive and the breeder may want them done anyway to be able to gather information for their breeding program. I do that even with spay/neutered dogs. Anyway, I am sure each breed has it's "norm" so you will want to ask around and see what is common for that breed you are considering.

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