First Harmony Farms started Co-owning some dogs with friends and family so that we could try to have a litter of puppies every year without having to own too many dogs personally. As much as we love breeding, we were not willing to live with more dogs than we already owned, which only allowed for an occasional litter. We eventually gave some favorite puppies to family members with the agreement that we get to possibly compete and breed with them. Not every dog/bitch has turned into a breeder, but many of our breeders have lived in other homes. Eventually, we also had some friends interested in co-owns as well. This grew to us having co-owns with a variety of people over the years, some old friends and some became friends over time. We are open to a variety of co-own contracts, but all are for people interested in breeding their dogs/bitches. Other than the occasional breeding, the dog lives with the co-own. With some dogs and if the co-own is interested, the dog/bitch may come back to FHF to board, breed, or show.
Price: This varies depending on the dog, how important the dog is to our breeding program, and how well I know the Buyer.
Health testing: FHF will cover any health testing for breeding if done at the Animal Care Clinic in Princeton, IL.
FHF gets a set number of breedings back.
FHF retains all breeding rights for their and their co-own dogs
FHF shares breeding rights with the buyer if they own females
Buyer can choose to not stud to any other females, offer outside females themselves (if an experienced breeder) or have FHF advertise the stud and split the stud fee equally between FHF and the buyer.
FHF gets 1-2 puppys back with full registration
FHF gets 2 litters back with full registration
FHF does have to approve the stud used.
Registration: The dog/bitch will usually stay in our name or as a co-own on the papers.