Originally Posted by starrlamia
TBH I would say no, because most responsible breeders who co-own a bitch will take full responsability for all costs, including bringing the bitch into their home to whelp, raise and place the puppies. Too many breeders want to co-own dogs because they make money off of people who dont know better. And the fact that she isnt stressing titling the dog first and is placing the pup into a home that isnt well versed in breeding is a red flag to me. It would be much simpler IMO to have a bit of patience, keep talking to reputable breeders and wait for a litter to come up in which you can own the dog outright.
here are a couple good sites and discussions
Yep, this! No reputable breeder would be looking for a co-own with an inexperienced (to show dogs) family. A reputable breeder would have also mentioned that the dog will only be bred if she achieves her championship AND passes all health tests PLUS has a proper temperament. The fact that this woman is talking about breeding without a lot of caveats about the bitch needing to prove her quality and health first is a giant red flag.
I'd also stress that breeding is NOT for the faint of heart. You can have situations of puppies born dead or deformed or dying within just a few days of birth. You also need to be prepared to lose your pet during the birth. My one dog (funny enough, a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog like those in the first link) comes from an extremely reputable breeder who is also a licensed veterinary technician who works at a veterinary hospital that specializes in breeding. General recommendation is do not breed a bitch prior to 2, stop breeding by 6 or 7 years, and no more than 3 litters. My girl's dam was 6 years old and my girl is from her 3rd litter and, what would have been, her final litter. My dog's dam did not make it through the birthing despite being with an extremely experienced owner/technician/breeder AND getting her to a hospital when problems began showing so that she could have a c-section.
That left the breeder mourning the loss of the bitch AND having to raise 8 puppies. In a stroke of amazing luck a chocolate lab bitch gave birth that same day to a single puppy at the local shelter. The breeder adopted the chocolate lab (plus her puppy) who was wonderful enough to take in the 8 Swissy puppies. That is NOT the norm though and usually the breeder would have been left bottle feeding 8 puppies every 2 hours for weeks and weeks, plus dealing with the lowered survival rate of bottle fed puppies, and still mourning the loss of her dog.
I am not against reputable breeders in the least but I'd strongly caution against it in your case. Even three years from now, with three kids would you have time to potentially bottle feed 4 or 5 puppies every 2 hours around the clock? I've actually strongly considered showing and breeding at some point in the future. I know right now though that for me, with two older kids and a baby on the way that it is totally unrealistic. In the meantime I make contacts with breeders and do competitive obedience because I can have spayed dogs in that competition.
Cause I can't resist, this is my girl's litter including the adopted brother. My baby is the one in the center with the one blue eye, which is a purely cosmetic fault but made her no good for showing conformation but perfectly good for everything else :)