The simple reason that I do not participate in a contract that requires a stud fee puppy is because I intend to control certain things about the puppies I create, and when one gives up a puppy for a stud fee -- well, you have zero control. That puppy can be sold, placed, bred -- whatever -- and there is nothing to be said about it.
I know it is not really fair since the stud dog is half of the equation, but there it is -- I want certain kinds of homes for the puppies and I want to decide what those look like.
I am so glad that there are people who are more open than I am, and who have stud dogs available for the rest of us -- but likely I will never have one :)
I wanted to mention a few things about this massive search for Mr. Right -- maybe call it advice for Stud Dog owners....
1. No excuse not to have a DM status on your stud dog -- none at all. This is a nasty disease that we can eliminate with simple cheek swabs -- get with the program...
2. Letting your male breed to anyone with the $$$$ cheapens your dog and turns people -- like me -- off. I did not explore certain dogs because of who the owners were willing to do business with -- that may seem silly but I do not want to be part of a "family" that includes what I consider -- well, you know what I mean...
3. Respond in a timely, articulate way -- enough said about that.
We cannot find perfect dogs or perfect owners because none of us are that -- but some basic level of ethics and communication skills does not seem like too much ask -- does it??!
H Litter is a go -- contract is agreed upon, key people have been consulted about the choice and are in agreement, and Dear Husband is ready, willing, able -- and retired -- so he will get Cadi to her honeymoon.
WOW! Puppies in nine weeks (paws crossed and we hope)!!!!