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What is a Guardian Home Program?

Updated: Sep 11, 2023

A Guardian Home is a permanent home for breeding dog males or females. A Guardian or Guardian Family is a person or household that agrees to keep and look after a breeder’s dog. This is a formal contract that carries legal obligations, some of which can impact and restrict your lifestyle. Failing to uphold your end of the bargain could lead to the dog breeder taking back your beloved pet.

Becoming a Guardian Home gives you the opportunity to have a puppy as a family pet while he or she remains in a breeding program. The breeder will retain ALL breeding rights and reserve the right to cancel the guardianship program at any time. Once retired, he/she will be neutered/spayed at the breeder’s expense.

As a Guardian Home you will be required to pay for the everyday expenses of owning a dog including annual exams, vaccines, food, etc. The breeder will pay for all breeding related costs including health testing.

Becoming a Guardian Home is not for everyone. You MUST be willing and able to follow some requirements:

  • Have previous experience with dogs.

  • Be willing to teach basic commands such as sit, stay, lay-down, no, and leave it.

  • Be willing to socialize puppies. This is very important!

  • He/she must be an indoor pet and never left unattended outside.

  • Feed a premium, quality food.

  • All other dogs in the home MUST be fixed if they are the opposite sex.

  • Provide regular exercise.

  • Willing to let the breeder, visit your home.

  • Contact Breeder immediately in the event of a serious illness or accident.

  • Send a copy of all vet visits to Breeder.

  • Must not allow he/she to mate with any unapproved dogs.

  • Provide veterinary care when needed.

  • Be able to communicate with the breeder, about scheduling testing, mating, whelping, and anything else breeding related.

If you are a guardian for a female dog, you must be willing to work in with the breeder around the time of mating. the female is to be returned to the breeder a week before whelp and will remain with her breeder until the puppies are at least 6 to 7weeks old. we prefer 7 to 8 weeks old.

If you are a guardian for a male dog, you must be willing to meet for breeding’s unless arrangements are made ahead of time for us to pick him up. Sometimes your breeder will be unable to come to you for a breeding so you must be able to meet with them.

What are the Benefits of Being a Dog Guardian?

The main benefit of becoming a dog Guardian is that it can reduce the cost of having a dog as a pet. Agreeing to act as a Guardian Family usually means that you will not have to buy your family pet.

Once the contract is fulfilled, the dog is yours to keep.

This could enable you to have an expensive breed that you could not otherwise afford.

You might also get help with medical bills and other costs, depending on the agreement you make with the breeder.

This is usually not the case, however, and most contracts make medical expenses and insurance the responsibility of the Guardian Family.

The dog breeder will cover the cost of breeding-related expenses.

Furthermore, dog breeders generally only choose the best puppies of a litter to be breeders. This means that a dog you take care of and subsequently own through a Guardianship program will have been selected for showing all the signs of good health and temperament.

Vet bills can be very expensive

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