I co-own one dog at the moment. I chose to co-own her because I bought her back from someone who no longer wanted her and I did not feel good about having the dog stay out in a kennel. She needed her own person and I was already working too many dogs at the time and did not want to add another to the "first string". I had sold another dog to my friend Laurie who likes to train, but that female didn't work out. So, I offered her the female I bought back because she was titled and is really a very nice and fun to work with, obedience dog. That is what Laurie wanted to compete in, AKC obedience. I did not charge her for the dog and I paid to ship the dog to her. She has paid for all of the entries and the care for the dog. I will probably breed the dog next year and when I do, I will have her here with me for the litter and then she will go back. We have discussed doing the breeding when winter is coming around because she can't train then due to the weather where she is.
Here in Southern CA, we have no weather... although it did rain today ...for the first time in two years.
Laurie is really not interested in having a litter of pups so, that's why the dog will come back here. This female already has a SchH 1 and Laurie has put a CD on her and intends to continue on with the AKC titles. I am not certain what you mean by "portray". I worked this dog while she was here and I own a sister to her along with both parents, grandparents, great grandparents, etc. Another friend, who lives locally, owns her brother and is training him in SAR. I have worked that dog as well and help him train the dog in SAR work on occasion. I have a very good idea what this female is all about based on all of those things. When Laurie earns a title on the dog, I put it on my web site with the credit going to her.
I don't place a dog in a co-ownership unless it is with someone I trust and know is a reasonable person. When I have done this, it has always been a case where I knew the person for a while or they have owned another one of my dogs in the past. I pretty much consider the dog theirs and in this case, I did this mainly for the dog. Just so happens it has worked out well for the people as well. I enjoy it when people accomplish things with the dogs I breed. The breeding aspect is something I never set out to make money at, so, there is nothing financial there that will cause a problem. I make enough money training and boarding dogs and like to enjoy the breeding aspect free of the financial stuff.
I co-owned a dog with Lisa on this list but she returned her. She did not want to continue working too many dogs, so, I took the dog back and now I am working too many dogs. lol THANKS LISA!!
I didn't charge Lisa for that dog either but Lisa did foot the bill for shipping and paid for the care, the Vet and OFA x-rays. We did have a written contract but never needed to refer to it. This worked out well for me in the end because the dog is socialized and was started in all three phases. I really love the dog and enjoy working her, even if it did add to the already too many dogs that I try to work with on a daily basis.
I rarely will be seeking out people to co-own with. In the first instance above, it just seemed like it would benefit all of us, the dog, my friend and me as a breeder and so far, it has.