So I'm considering getting a show puppy down the line. My job allows for me to travel a bit, as well as have the time to enjoy such a sport. I would love to participate in something soooo important to the breed I've come to love over the years, and I think it would be a ton of fun! I have a new Boxer pup (pet pup) at home now, so this wont be happening for a while. I want to get my boy through obedience training, get him into a sport that he would enjoy, get him neutered (I'm waiting until he's 1 year old) and let him mature a bit first. But I'm guessing it could take a year or more to find a show quality pup from a great breeder anyway, so I'm starting to do my research now. And I have some questions! -What are some basic things most breeders expect of you when you bring home one of their show puppies? -I know that most are sold on co-ownership until the dog finishes or retires. That is fine. But does the co-ownership mean that the breeders are involved in basic decisions with the dog, such as vet visits, training, what the dog eats, etc? Or is that all up to me? I don't mean paying for the care or training, just basic decisions about those things. -Are you obligated to take the pup to a certain number of shows? And are you expected to show at certain events? What if the breeder I choose is from a different state? -Are you expected to try and finish the dog or get "x" amount of points in a certain amount of time? -Are you allowed to handle the dog in the ring yourself? Or do some/most breeders require you to hire a professional handler? -Do the breeders require you to breed the dog when it's of age, IF it indeed has a good temperament and has passed all health tests? Of course I will ask the breeder all of these questions when/if the time comes, but I want to know what I'm getting into first, before I get on a waiting list or even inquire about a show pup! Thanks all!