Several times throughout the year we will hold a puppy from a litter in hopes that she/he will pass all his or her testing to become a mommy or daddy in our program. When we do this we will be looking for a guardian home.
The benefits to the Guardian family are they receive a top-quality puppy/dog, that must meet the strictest requirements to be in our breeding program, for such a low cost. They are also offered discounts on grooming, boarding, etc. Plus, they get compensated for each litter produced (female). The puppy/dog also has a large panel of genetic tests done at the Breeder's expense.
The guardian puppy/ dog is benefited because they receive all the attention they could ever want from their Guardian Home.
Once the guardian dog is of breeding age and on her second to third heat cycle she would come stay with us to be bred for around a week. She is then returned to her guardian family where she will stay for the duration of her pregnancy until the week before her due date (56 days). A week before her due date she would come back to our home to deliver, raise, and wean her puppies for 6-7 weeks. We pay for all pregnancy-related veterinary expenses and testing. Not only is the guardian home getting a puppy for a very reduced price, but they are also compensated for each litter. The amount of litters the guardian dog will have is dependent on the female. When she completes her breeding obligations, we spay her for you at our expense, and she comes home to enjoy the wonderful life you have provided for her.
When the Guardian dog goes into estrus (heat), the Guardian Family is required to contact us immediately. An intact female has a heat cycle that lasts between 10 and 21 days every 6-8 months. We will keep a female for 5-7 days while she is being bred. Once she has been bred, she will be returned to and remain with her Guardian Family during her pregnancy (63 days) then a week before her due date, she comes back to stay with us so that we can help her to deliver her puppies. They will all remain with us while she raises and weans her puppies.
A male guardian dog is much more simpler than a female. He is only needed for 2-3 days at time for breeding purposes, and then will be returned to his guardian family. If doing artificial insemination, he can even be returned the same day. Males are typically retired before 6 years old, and his neuter surgery will be paid at our expense.
Guardian puppies/ dogs may be any age, but most likely will be around 8 weeks old. During the first year, we will have most of her/his genetic health testing completed. Once we receive the test results we decide whether or not the guardian dog will enter our breeding program officially. If a dog does not pass testing or it's decided that he/she will not be added to our program the guardian family will be offered full ownership of the dog and he/she will be spayed/neutered at the breeder's expense.
If you’re receiving a Guardian Home Puppy or Young Adult, we will require a visit to our guardians home every few months during the first year to assess the puppy, as well as, build a relationship with him/her for the future.