1. Show-Prospect/Breeder contract - If this contract is chosen, Melinda Hicks will remain the co-owner of puppy until the FIRST PICK puppy is received from the sheltie's first litter. The purpose of "co-ownership" is to insure that the seller receives the first pick puppy of the first litter. Between 6 and 8 weeks of age the seller Melinda Hicks shall pick the First Pick puppy from the the sheltie's first litter, at that point, the seller Melinda Hicks will sign off as co-owner and full ownership is that of the buyer.
Pet (spay/neuter) contract- In choosing a Pet contract, it is the utmost importance that the sheltie be spayed or neutered by 9 months of age. This does not mean that the sheltie cannot be shown in agility, obedience or herding. The purpose behind this is to protect the puppy and ensure the breed. Mix-breed puppies many times are unwanted and thus end up in our animal shelters. Male dogs are prone to mark their territory if not neutered at an early age.