Q: Is AKC "co-ownership" any problem in establishing clear ownership of a dog?
We have purchased a companion dog from a show breeder in Kentucky (where we live). There was no written sales agreement. The breeder took care of microchipping and AKC registration. 3 days after we brought the dog home, the breeder informed us they have listed themselves as a second contact on the microchip registration and as a "co-owner" on the AKC registration papers. My understanding is that this facilitates some show alternatives if we decided to let them show the dog. We do not intend to do that, but are wondering if any of this can be a liability in us establishing clear ownership in the future?
A: Probably no liability for you. Rescues and some breeders list themselves as a second contact when registering a microchip or a dog so there are more avenues of contact if the dog is lost. You have the dog....and possession is 9/10 of the law.
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