Comments on Tips for Show Dog Co-Ownership Contract Agreements

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Bonnie   Rathdrum, Idaho

2/6/2016 11:24:13 AM

The few times I did this, I asked myself first thing: "Can you live without ever seeing this dog

If the answer is no, then don't do it. Unless you are a billionaire and want to contribute tons of money to attorneys.

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Chase   Palm Springs, California

9/30/2014 7:22:15 PM

As much as AKC APPEARS to discourage them, not only do they provide
paprework to record and enforce them, they also make it next to impossible to campaign a Specials dog without one. Until or unless AKC changes how they judge show dogs, ( like changing to the FCI/UKC Euro style of judging by having three judges evaluate a dog with a numerical system that ONLY looks at the dog instead of rewarding a highly paid and popular Handler) people will need co-ownerships just to afford their Handlers and other fees.

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Christian   Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

8/12/2014 2:13:43 PM

I wish I hadn't entered into a co-ownership. I paid a couple thousand dollars for my dog plus the shipping fees from San Francisco, CA. I campaigned him for a year paying all expenses, including airfares. I have used him as stud on one of my own females twice after performing all health tests on him and the female and suddenly I have gotten feedback from the absentee co-owner and her cohorts that I should've received her approval. This was not in the contract. I don't need approval. By the way, I've been in the sport of showing dogs for longer than the co-owner has been alive.

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Janet   Sumner, Washington

6/28/2014 7:59:53 AM

Co-owners are needed when campaigning a dog. It is simply a fact of life. Ads, travel, handling fees....most people cannot afford to do it on their own. Easily 10 or $20,000 for a year.

I have co-owners on my dogs because we are friends and I can keep an older friend "active" in my breed. More gift then
In almost 20 years I have had 2 go bad....certainly not enough to keep me from doing it....just have to "adjust" the contract, just like I have adjusted, over the years, my buyers contract.

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larkinvonalt   Dayton, OH

1/28/2014 1:03:55 AM

Truly the best advice is simply don't do it. The AKC discourages co-ownerships and with good reason; most of them end unhappily with dogs caught in the middle and friendships left in tatters. Most serious dog people if they haven't had a bad experience co-owning a dog know someone (or multiple someones) who have. Just. Don't. Do. It


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