This happened to a friend of mine who is a very reputable breeder, and is popular among the NFL crowd. Wont mention breed or teams to preserve his privacy. BUT one of his top dogs who belonged to a player as a PPD turned up in an inner city shelter. Turns out the player ad left it with his granny and it got out on her. Breeder was furious, dog was underweight, under utilized, and dirty so she had been either not taken care of before the granny lost her..or was roaming for some time. Needless to say person forfeited their dog by contract. That was last year..NOBODY has come looking for her to this day. This is why I do not mind breeder contracts where they somewhat maintain some ownership and/or control over the dog. If it had been not chipped back to the breeder he would not have received her back. And somebody paid 6k for this dog. High price is one insulating factor from careless owner..but it is just that ..a factor in favor. Still no guarantee. Especially when 6k isn't a lot to someone I suppose.Breeding carries so much risk and potential heartbreak- if you truly care about the pups. One thing people don't mention often is that roughly 20% of pups born die young (under 10 weeks). Disease, birth defects, etc. And getting a pup back is fairly common. I microchip all pups in my name first, so that if they were to ever end up at a shelter, or lost, they'd be traced back to me. The last thing I want is a great working dog to fail the shelter temperament test and be euthanized (not uncommon).