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The Purpose and Function of our Puppy Sale Agreements (co-ownership agreements) aka contract
Why do I sell my puppies under Co-ownership Agreements?
To put it simply, placing pups under a co-ownership/partnership Agreement is the only way we can legally protect the welfare of our pups, our bloodlines and our exclusive Lykos breeding program. We never aim for it to sound controlling or clinical, but it is the most responsible thing a breeder can do if they are serious about their dogs and what happens to them.
We have been using our Agreement for 20 years - with great success. We have made many dear friends with people who work in partnerships with us to help develop our bloodlines for the next generation. We cannot retain a puppy from each generation ourselves due to the work required with our own dogs, work and family commitments.
Market value of our puppies (irrespective if we agree with the current pricing culture of "market value") would be in excess of $6000 per puppy, but we choose to price our puppies conservatively. All puppies are priced the same, regardless of pet of breeding quality. Our breeding quality pups are priced reasonably as they assist in developing our breed going forward.
All owners are required to x-ray their dog's hips and elbows between 12-18 months to check for the presence of hip/elbow dysplasia. This will also provide owners with additional peace of mind that they have a well-bred dog, who will not suffer with early arthritis or have crippling orthopaedic issues, commonly found in many large dog breeds. It also enables us to keep data and insight into the health and genetics of our developing breeding program and make informed breeding decisions.
Another important part of the agreement is to protect our exclusive bloodlines from falling into the wrong hands. Under no circumstances will our puppies or bloodlines ever end up in a rescue or shelter or used by any unregistered breeder.
If an owner is unable to keep their puppy, we will find it another home or the puppy must be returned to us to find it the best and most suitable home.
If more breeders controlled their bloodlines and took their hobby more seriously, there would be a huge decrease in backyard breeders and dogs ending up in shelters and rescues.
Sadly, there are people in this world who want to breed dogs for money. There are also people breed dogs in poor backyard conditions, with no knowledge or experience. Backyard breeders and puppy mills fall into this category. They deceive puppy buyers into buying sub-standard dogs, who are raised for the best start in their lives. It's not uncommon for puppies from these places to suffer from temperament disorders. We refuse to contribute to this unfortunate, yet very common situation.
If by any chance, a pup of mine is abused, mistreated or dumped, the Puppy Sale Agreement allows me to legally remove the puppy from that environment. If there was no written agreement, I would have no legal right to take the dog I bred back into my care. I care a lot about each dog I produce – for its entire lifespan. I care where my dogs end up and will do everything possible to avoid critical situations in the first place.
Responsible breeding is not just a case of breeding two dogs together, regardless of whether health testing has been done. It comes from years of experience of knowing the ins and outs of conformation, movement, temperament and behaviour, health and correct balance and type. It's a very detailed and intricate "hobby" - not just something that just anyone can decide they can just jump in to.
As a breeder, I am a protector and improver of our breed, and I take my bloodlines very seriously. They are the result of 20 years of my hard work, research and own creativity. People who don't understand the responsibilities of a good breeder, and the work that comes with it, tend to be naïve in what it takes to develop a special bloodline.
I am not a large scale breeder, where I have kennels and the kind of set up to keep several dogs. It would not be fair if I had that many dogs, as I could not give them all the right amount of training and time that they require.
It is for this reason, a lot of credit for the continuation of my breeding program needs go to my co-owners. They have worked with me to develop my bloodlines and the breed in the best way possible! In over 2 decades, and over 20 successful mutually beneficial breeding partnerships with my co-owners, I have managed to improve and continue my exclusive breeding program.
I support all my puppy owners with professional training and advice, gained in over 20 years involved in dogs and am always there to support and mentor them should they need it.
When I provide families with my puppies, I also trust that they will always represent the breed with pride, whilst respecting the hard work that has gone into creating them.
Most of all, I trust people to give their puppy the very best life possible, promoting the breed positively by way of training and responsible pet ownership, and making the dogs an integral part of their family!