CO-OWNERSHIP - IS IT A LIABILITY?
Looking back on my experience with Drakyi Timberline Moxie I feel that my co-ownership was a liability in terms of temperament and breeding quality. Drakyi Timberline Moxie's COI is listed at 23.81%, she has the same grandfather (Timberline's Barni Drakyi @ 27.07 % COI) and great grandfather (Drakyi Timberline's Gus @ 31.1 % COI)on both sides. I found this article about epilepsy: I lost both financially and emotionally. Because of my experience and what I have learned I think that "show-breeders" will use unsuspecting people to shift any responsibility to the co-owner. In other words; if the litters produce puppies with health issues that could be damaging to their reputation, the blame is then shifted to primary owner, (generally the co-owner) when in reality, they are an innocent victim thinking a big, long time breeder is "helping them along"! Don't do it! Being friends with this long time and "show breeders" can be devastating as I found out.
Generally, I believe, it is best to steer clear of breeders who "showcase" themselves and their dogs photographed in unnatural settings. As a digital artist I know the possibilities of photo alterations. I have met a couple of breeders like this. One barely reaching my chin in height. When someone like this is photographed next to their dogs; they have the "appearance" of being much larger than they really are. This is just one example; the list goes on and on. We all know that when it comes to digital alterations - the possibilities are endless!
Going to shows I was surprised to discover that "show people" will use products to alter the color and thickness of the dog's coat. Tibetan Mastiffs are to be shown in their natural coats but this doesn't seem to be the case. Again, I think that people who make a "living" off selling puppies will go to extremes for "appearances"
"Blaming the victim" is prevalent within the Tibetan Mastiff community. These are my thoughts based on my experiences with "Show breeders". I believe they want to "get rid of the competition". It is driven by jealousy, money, and self promotion. I would definitely stay clear of "show breeders" because of what I have learned from them personally. "Show breeders will be very nice to 'newbies," but they are cut-throat; just like the movie "Best in Show"! They enlist new people who are wanting to get in the breed to spread rumors about others and promise them things that they will not honor. It is very disgusting to see how people treat others.
Show breeders will promise you the world to co-own. They are just looking for someone to use shall we say as a "incubator". They may give you the dog but they retain ultimate control over the dog, in some cases, breeding it, then taking it back for whelping while reaping the profits from the puppies.
Several of these breeders living near to me will act like they are the Tibetan Mastiff Gurus. I truly believe they love themselves more than the dogs and are a legend in their own minds. Much of what they say; I have found to be untrue but hey, as long as you know what your are dealing with and don't fall for their game; they can't hurt anyone else.
Some things to think about. I hope that I can save someone else the time, money and heart ache that I went through. Number one thing to remember is that as the co-owner you ultimately are responsible for anything that can go wrong. These long time show breeders seem to live by - "Profit is sweet, even if it comes from deception."
Finally, I can say with confidence that I know of many healthier dogs with far better conformation outside of the ring; than in the ring. So if you are looking for a great pet with a far superior temperament, look past the AKC show crowd and I believe you will be far better off and much happier!
Co-ownership - My experience The following was our original agreement:
THIS WAS THE RE WRITTEN AGREEMENT AFTER THE DOG WAS WELL OVER ONE YEAR OLD. YOU ARE AT SOMEBODY ELSE'S MERCY AND WHIM. EXTREMELY IMATURE AND CHILDISH IN MY OPINION, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE THEY RE WROTE THE AGREEMENT BECAUSE I BOUGHT A PUPPY FROM SOMEBODY THEY DID NOT LIKE. HOW WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR CONTRACT CHANGED?
IN THE END I WAS GLADTHAT I SURRENDED THE DRAYKI BRED GIRL BACK TO HIM BECAUSE IT WAS A VERY BAD CONTRACT TO BEGIN WITH; BUT BECAUSE I WAS NEW TO THE BREED I DID NOT REALIZE THAT I WAS BEING "TAKEN TO THE BANK". I DID LEARN THAT I WILL NEVER EVER WANT ONE OF THEIR DOGS AGAIN, FOR MANY REASONS. I WAS THE TYPE OF PERSON PEOPLE LIKE THAT LIKE TO PREY ON.
Finally, I find it rather childish that grown ups can act like high schoolers and require somebody not to talk to somebody they do not like. How professional is that? I was performing the contract above and beyond our original agreement which was one sided. Having somebody pay for a dog, medical expenses, and show fees while you act as if you are some sort of ethical, resposible breeder is puzzling to me. I view this as extortion and a way to have others "whelp" litters so that you appear to be something you are not. I am guessing this is a way not to appear as having too many puppies per year at the expense of others. Think about it; normally people would be calling breeders having this many litters up front "puppy mills", but by having others do it for them, they eliminate the label and all responsible.
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