Total Havanese Groupie
Join Date: Dec 2007
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Posh was originally kept by the breeder as a show potential puppy.
We were contacted by the breeder to see if we might be interested in a co-ownership agreement with Posh. I had remembered Posh from my first encounter with the breeder at an open house, and I was THRILLED she was being offered to me and my family.
My husband and I packed up the kids to visit with the breeder and with Miss Posh. Of course, we all fell in love with her. Even though the breeder had eight week old puppies at the time, Posh was six months old, my son was adamant about Posh being the only choice.
We took home the co-ownership agreement/contract and totally went through all the pro's and con's. The biggest con to us, was that the breeder lived about an hour and half away from us, and we were to bring Posh the her house the Friday before a show, and the breeder would bring her back to us on a Sunday night. The breeder was nice enough to offer to meet us half way even. However, I just couldn't fathom that happening three times a week, it would mean at least four hours per weekend drive time and we decided we'd much prefer to spend time enjoying her than driving. Also, we were to pay for all shows, not to exceed thirty dollars, and after she obtained her championship we were to allow her to be bred and to have one litter for the breeder and our contract would at that time be fulfilled. We do not have a safe place in our house away from little hands for a dog to do any whelping, and we would be so sad to see our dog go for months at a time to have puppies.
We were honest with the breeder, told her we just absolutely loved her, but that we realized confirmation and co-ownership is not right for everyone and that we owed it to the breeder and the dog to be honest about that. If she were to decided ever that Posh was not perfect for the ring, we would take her in a "heartbeat."
Turns out Posh was/is on the small side, and her breeder, a very reputable one didn't feel one hundred percent comfortable with breeding her e.g. c-sections, etc...
Honesty really is the best policy. Be honest to yourself and your breeder. Your dog will find you.
Best of luck.