Below is an ever growing list of questions we are asked and/or expect questions about.  Please feel free to read through these entries.  If you questions are still not answered, please contact us and we would be more than happy to discuss.

 

What does Pet versus Show Quality Mean?

What does Limited Registration mean?

What does Co-Ownership mean?

 

What does Pet versus Show Quality Mean?

 

Pet vs. Show Quality: When breeders breed, they do so with the intent of bettering the breed. The difference between pet and show quality can be small and not always apparent to the inexperienced or untrained eye. The evaluation of puppies is an experienced guess based on a number of things including characteristics such as the way the ears are set, characteristics of the head and muzzle, how the puppy moves, certain angles of the puppy including shoulder or rear legs, the position of the tail, and recognizing that the puppy has the right attitude to be shown. As with any evaluation, a breeder can be incorrect.  That usually is a great opportunity to learn as prior recorded data, including pictures and video, would be re-evaluated to assist on future litters.

On occasion, we may wish to retain a puppy for show or breeding purposes. Since we have limited space to keep additional dogs, we look for homes where there is interest in showing and breeding possibilities, and we offer the opportunity to enter into a co-ownership agreement.

 

What does Limited Registration mean?

 

Puppies that are not selected for future showing or breeding possibilities are sold on a Limited Registration basis. The American Kennel Club (AKC) and responsible breeders understand the fact that breeding without experience and knowledge leads to problems within the breed. Breeding should only occur through dogs/bitches that have proven themselves in some manner and under the scrutiny of breeders well versed in genetic qualities and issues within the breed, experienced at whelping and raising puppies, and finding and screening potential good homes for them.

Limited Registration is a tool offered by the American Kennel Club for responsible breeders to protect their breeding programs and their puppies. Limited Registration is just like normal/regular registration, except that Limited Registration dogs may not be entered into dog shows, and their offspring cannot be registered. They may compete in obedience, tracking, hunting and agility tests, and obtain titles in those areas, however.

Limited Registration can be changed to full registration, but only by us, as the breeder of your puppy. When your puppy is spayed or neutered, and upon receipt of an original letter from your vet on letterhead stationary with a signature stating your puppy has been spayed or neutered, we will change the registration and you will receive a new certificate from the AKC.

 

What does Co-Ownership mean?

The co-ownership agreement is used between us and the new puppy’s owner if that puppy has been evaluated and determined to have a qualities for show and breeding purposes. Co-ownership may be a bit of a misnomer because the puppy owner is the actual owner. As breeder, we would simply retain the breeding rights and agree to have the dog shown. While the owner has final say, the rights to breed and show cannot be unreasonably withheld.

As with any agreement, there have to be benefits for all parties, the breeder and the owner, for it to be a success. Our desire is not to have a once sided contract. If we call on you to consider co-ownership, you will be given a basic agreement. The agreements are different for dogs and bitches because of the vastly different issues regarding breeding. Many of the terms are fixed and not open for negotiation. An example would be that the expenses incurred in showing the dog are born by the owner. Other terms have some limited room for modification based on individual requirements and experience. An example might be the location the puppies are to be whelped. We will take time to discuss and document each and every item in great detail so that in the future, there will be no surprises.

Remember the discussion on Pet versus Show Quality. This is why we want to be very clear and up front in regards to this distinction. 

 

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