Co-Owning with MalinGer Kennels
For additional FAQ on Co-owning scroll down.

 'Co-owning'  at THIS kennel - as it is different for each breeder and their program.

The Basics

  • The pick male and female from each litter are chosen by the breeder and offered for co-ownership to select individuals for future use in our breeding program.
  • MalinGer Kennels will pay for OFA Xrays, and genetic screening.
  • Co-owners cannot use the dog for breeding themselves. Financial penalties for both accidental and deliberate violations are outlined in each contract and will be enforced.
  • Co-owns cannot be spay/neutered without written consent and/or medically warranted.
  • Food fed must be of high quality and mutually agreed upon. No raw diets.
  • Co-own dogs are to be maintained with limited vaccines and limited or no preventative flea/tick medications.
  • Contract restrictions apply to where you can take/leave the animal i.e) boarding facility, dog parks etc..

For a Male Co-own

  • The price of the pup is the same as all other pups in the litter.
  • When/If stud is requested - the dog must  be made available within the specified time. If you are beyond a reasonable driving distance, 4hrs or more,  arrangements will be made for a Veterinarian local to you to collect semen and courier it.
  • NOT all co-own dogs will be used for breeding - it depends on many factors: Suitable Female, Timing, etc..
  • Some males will have their semen frozen. 
  • You CANNOT breed the dog yourself at any time. Period.

For a Female Co-own

  • Standard female co-own contract (for Co-owns sold at 8 -12 weeks old) is for two litters.
  • The co-own purchase price is the same as all other pups, though that fee will be returned in full after the 2nd litter, and the breeder's name removed from the ownership certificate. 
  • Financial compensation to the co-owner for additional litters can be discussed and will have a separate contract.
  • Most breedings are by Artificial Insemination - and always to the stud of MY choice.
  • Pregnant females will return to me, or to one of my trusted colleagues who work with us,  one week prior to whelping (delivery), unless prior arrangements have been decided and are in writing whereby the co-owner shall raise the litter. In this case financial compensation is provided.
  • Spaying the female after the completion of the contract for two litters will be at your expense - and she CANNOT be bred by you or anyone else. PERIOD.

We have built a phenomenal program with the help and great care of our trusted Co-owners. This allows us to continue to produce OUTSTANDING dogs while providing the animals themselves with happy, healthy, full and enriched lives - NOT merely warehoused in concrete cages FOR reproduction. It is true that THIS program would/could not continue without these fantastic individuals. We have been running the program in this way for over 20 years with great success.

My sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to all my wonderful Co-owners who comprise the MalinGer Family, locally and internationally.

Additional FAQ 

What are the benefits of Co-ownership?
To some it is important to have the best pup in a litter, while to others they do not want to spay/neuter and feel there is some health benefit to allowing their dog to responsibly reproduce.  While others simply believe in what we are trying to do and want to be a part of it. There are many personal reasons why someone wishes to assist as a Co-owner for our terrific program.

What are the disadvantages of Co-ownership?
I would suppose that some of the disadvantages of Co-owning would centre around the contract restrictions - though all are intended for the health/safety, welfare and best interest of the dog and its future offspring. We specifically limit the number of unnecessary vaccines, and 'preventative' pesticides used, as well as food given and where/what you can do with your Co-own dog. Things like running loose/off-leash on or near roads, keeping out of dirty dog parks/daycares and boarding kennels. All of these 'restrictions' are, to me, reasonable and aid in the health and longevity of the dog - and it's future offspring.

Can I use the dog for breeding myself? 

Do I have to be local to your area to be a Co-owner?
No. We have Co-own dogs all over North America. We rarely ship dogs for breeding anymore, but rather collect and ship semen to our females for insemination. However, females will have to be shipped (by car or plane) for whelping, unless a more local alternative that is qualified is available. All of our trusted 'partners' are paid to whelp/raise litters in their home on our behalf. I am involved in every step of this process from Conception through delivery and all of the rearing process until they go to their new homes. I personally screen each buyer and take care of all the arrangements etc..

Does it cost any money? (co-own pups are not free)
Yes. A Co-own pup is, initially, the same price as all the other pups in a litter.  In the case of females - the original purchase price will be returned to you after two litters back. Any/all issues directly related to breeding/reproduction that does not stem from lack of proper care or due diligence by the Co-owner  will be covered by the kennel. This includes: OFA Xrays, and genetic screening,  as well as the collection/transport of semen and in some cases the female for whelping.

Do you have a contract?
Yes. All sales, Co-own, and guardian homes are enforced via written contracts. Please contact to discuss which purchase would work best for you.