Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
Re: So who's dog is it? Question for breeders..
In most cases, these things are done to protect the dogs, and any future puppies, from indiscriminate breeding. Limited Registration is one way to do it, often with contractual stipulations for lifting the limitation and upgrading to Full registration once certain criteria are met. As Historian mentioned, we do this as do many other breeders. Unfortunately while it helps, it's not foolproof one since other registries such as UKC and CKC could still be used for registering pups even if one or both parents has Limited AKC papers (or in some cases, no AKC papers but looks purebred).
Other breeders will sell pups with Full Registration for additional cost. May be more or less than the $500 your friend quoted, but it's not uncommon. Personally, I don't agree with it. It doesn't safeguard the dog or future litters at all, just puts more money in the breeder's pocket.
Co-ownership is yet another way to do it. This is the ONLY way the dog would still be partially owned by the breeder as your friend mentioned. In this case, both parties are listed on the AKC registration, and both parties have to sign off on paperwork if the dog is bred. This is perhaps the surest way, even moreso than Limited Registration, to safeguard future breeding of the dog. But it can be very restrictive and all sorts of things can go wrong and if the buyer and breeder have a falling out, the buyer can jump through all sorts of hoops at the breeder's request and the breeder can still screw the buyer over. So IMO this isn't something that should be considered unless buyer and breeder know and trust each other well and both want to do it.
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