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I think worrying about co-ownerships isn't really necessary. I think with few exceptions every pure bred dog I've owned (most of them Dobermans and all of them intended for the conformation ring have been co-owned.
I would be very careful about the terms of a contract though--some of my co- owed dogs had no contract but those that did came with very reasonable contracts--spelled out how long to be shown and if owner handled--how long. One specified the handled to be used by name and all of the contracts had a clause about the breeder taking the dog and either giving it or finding it a good home if something happened to me (on the event of my death) .
I've seen some perfectly ridiculous contracts--which specified exactly what food, what supplements, what handler, what training etc.
But except for the very first Doberman, I came with credentials having finished the first dog as an owner handler and a lot of people had seen him and because he was in show condition when shown and well trained there wasn't a question about my ability to produce an adult show dog from a promising puppy.
Lots of dogs and a good many breeders don't make much of an internet appearance. I wouldn't let that be a make or break deal. But I'd like to see appropriate paperwork--like a pedigree, and records of beginning health testing. I am another one who really doesn't like to see dogs bred young before even minimal (my idea of minimal) health records are complete.
Good luck on your search.