Guardian Homes are a great opportunity for families or people who want a puppy but without the initial cost. I use guardian homes so that I can further my breeding program without having too many dogs at my own home. Guardianships enable breeding dogs to live one on one with a family while they are participating in my program. They are loved and cared for by the same family they will be living with when they retire. Guardians must not have any other intact dogs for the entire duration of the guardian contract (spayed or neutered pets are fine). Guardian homes are responsible for taking their dog to the vet and keep up basic care for the dog. I, as the breeder, will provide all genetic testing, OFA certifications and ultrasounds or x-rays needed for pregnancies or any pregnancy related issues.
Female guardian dogs are usually under contract for 4 litters. I usually will breed them back to back so they may retire early, unless my vet recommends differently or timing doesn't work out for me. The contract may be shortened if I decide no more litters are desired out of the girl. Guardians of females are required to alert me to when their girl is coming into season, and make her available to me for the breeding process.
All guardian moms are required to be fed the same food as I feed and must be supplemented during pregnancy.
Male dogs are contracted for a period of time usually around 5 years rather than a number of litters. Guardians of male dogs must have the boy available as needed for natural breedings, or for semen collection by a repro vet.
Guardian homes need to be within two hours driving time from me and stay in contact with me regularly until retirement.