What is a Guardian Home?
Guardian Homes are a great opportunity for the right pet owners. We use guardian homes to further our breeding program, without having too many dogs in our own home. Guardianships enable pick-of-the-litter breeding dogs to live one-on-one with their forever family.
As a Guardian home, the dog stays with you as your family dog, while we retain breeding rights. You are responsible for training your dog--it should pass its Canine Good Citizen by 18 months of age. We want people to meet our dogs and want one just like that, not be put off by poor behavior. You are also responsible for the dog’s regular health maintenance: heartworm preventative, annual exams, booster shots, food, etc. We pay for any genetic health testing required for our breeding, and all breeding expenses. Once the dog has passed initial health testing (usually prior to his/her first birthday), he/she returns to Doodle Around for relatively short periods of time for breeding and/or whelping. When the dog is older and completes his/her breeding obligations, we pay for spay/neuter and your dog comes home to enjoy the wonderful life you have provided for him/her since puppyhood. Males are typically neutered between 8-9 years of age. Females in guardian homes may have up to four litters (minimum of three) prior to being spayed, usually by their 4th birthday.
There are many things that Guardian families need to consider. Guardians of females sometimes have to deal with several heat cycles and keeping their girl protected from unwanted males and rogue litters. The Guardian family will need to learn the signs of a heat cycle and communicate, cooperate and coordinate with us to ensure a successful breeding. Guardians of males will need to be comfortable with "macho” behavior as well as protect him from "getting around." Because of canine venerial diseases, your male can only mate with approved females chosen by Doodle Around.
Guardian dogs are placed with a $500 fee, which is refunded with litters produced ($500 paid to guardian of female for every litter produced, $100 to the guardian of a stud). Why the cost? If a puppy doesn't meet our high testing standards, the Guardian contract reverts to a pet contract. If we decide not to use the dog as a breeder, you are responsible for neutering/spaying (as you would with a pet) and you retain ownership under a Pet contract. Our health warranty remains the same for any dog whelped at Doodle Around, whether it is in a Guardian home or a Pet home.
Benefits for the Guardian Home:
Benefits for the Guardian Dog:
most important requirement is that you love this bundle of joy as a
member of your family!
If you need more information or are interested in becoming a Guardian home, please fill out our puppy application.