Join Date: May 2009
Location: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
Unless you have a previous relationship with this person and KNOW THEM EXTREMELY WELL do NOT do it.
I am doing a co-own with my youngest female.
I have known my breeder for several years and had maintained a awesome relationship with her and her family over that time.
I had my eye on one breeding for a long time and when the litter was whelped and a few puppies stood out my breeder came to me and asked if I would be interested in it. I wasn't at the time financially ready for another dog, as I had just finished school and was looking for a full time career in my field of study. I had to tell her no.
She then asked if I would be interested in raising a puppy for her. We talked about the terms, made arrangements in terms of care, costs, training, etc. that we were both happy with and then we had several people evaluate the litter with the purpose of schutzhund in mind. We all came to the same conclusion on which puppy would be best - my Zefra.
Zefra lives with me, I pay for her food and training (even though my breeder has offered to pay for these things) and I will pay for her medical cost associated with "normal care" again, even though my breeder offers, I feel like it is something *I* want to do, but it is clear that she is responsible, but I do it because I feel like I can and want too.
Zefra once she is titled in schutzhund and has all her health clearances and breed survey will be bred to a stud of both of our likings as well as a few people who will weigh in for us who are more knowledgeable in the lines (Czech/DDR) we want to use. She will whelp her litter at my breeders home (I live in an apartment and no NOTHING of whelping or raising a litter!) and then return to me when the puppies go to their new homes. I hope I am in a place at that time where I can keep a puppy back, and my breeder will keep a puppy back as well so that gives us two pups out of that bloodline to raise and train and to see what is produced.
Zefra is only 9 months old (in a few days) so we have a LONG ways to go yet but so far everything has been great. We visit with my breeder, train with her and she is able to see how Zefra is progressing.
I have an ideal situation and not many people can say that. She is still a big part of my older dogs life as she helps me with medical questions, temperament questions as well as helping us get ready for trials! She also is just a friend to "talk dog" with and we are always calling each other up and discussing dogs, bloodlines and such for hours on end!
I can't see myself doing this again or with anyone else though.
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