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Guardian Homes

What is a guardian home?

A Guardian Home is NOT a foster program.  Guardian relationships are entered into as what is hoped to be a forever situation.  Most of our breeding dogs will be found in the loving care of our guardian homes.  A guardian is someone approved by us to be a family lucky enough to have pick of the litter as their very own.  These special puppies spend their lives with their guardian families and come to visit us when needed.  The females come to us an average of three days before birthing and stay here until their puppies are weaned, an average of 4-6 weeks.  We retain ownership of the dogs until their breeding period is complete, at which time the dog is spayed or neutered and ownership is transferred to the guardians.  Our Guardian contracts run for a period of 5 years.  Typically a dog will not be bred until about 1.5 years old.  We like to think of  our Guardians as a partnership, we cannot grow our business without them and we enjoy the friendships that come from working together.  

Here are some prerequisites and requirements for becoming a guardian family:

  • The primary caregiver cannot work full time outside the home.  Work schedule must be flexible to allow transportation when needed without issue.
  • No intact dogs of the opposite sex are permitted to live in the home to reduce the chances of unwanted mateings.
  • Guardians must have prior experience raising and training dogs.
  • Must live in or around the Central Florida area (Longwood ,Winter Park, Apopka, etc.).
  • Willingness to follow guidelines and recommendations set forth by breeder pertaining to care and feedings.
  • Willingness and availability to make dog available to breeder for testings, matings and any veterinary appointments or needs the breeder feels necessary.
  • Our breeding dogs may not go to Doggy Day Care or be boarded while their Guardians are away, so you must have someone available to doggy sit.  We do not do boarding here at our home.
  • Guardians are required to maintain pet insurance on the dog for the guardian period.  Pet insurance does not cover nor protect the breeder, it protects you against unforseen (non breeding related) health issues or emergencies.  We of course cover all expenses related to breeding.
  • We require that the Guardians attend puppy class.  It is important for all of us to have a well behaved dog.

What are the benefits for the guardian family and the dog?

We want to make sure the Guardian situation is also beneficial to the Guardian family.

  • Our Guardian Families pay a reduced price for their puppy.
  • The guardian family has a “‘pick of the litter” puppy personally chosen by the breeder.
  • The guardian family is given a “thank you” bonus of $500 whenever female has to be left with breeder to whelp puppies.  We do invite our Guardians to come and visit Mom and pups while Mom is here raising and weaning her pups.
  • We pay for all immunizations.
  • The Guardian Family gets to share the joy and excitement of helping to provide loving well socialized pups to our wonderful waiting families!
  • We pay to spay the dog after breeding period and transfer ownership to you.
  • The dog is placed with its forever family and never has to be raised in a kennel or to find a new family after it’s breeding period is over!

If you are interested in being one of our Guardian families, please review our guidelines above in detail with your family before contacting us.  It is important that all family members be on board with this process to make it a success for everyone.   

If you and your family would like to know more about the process, we need your information as well so please fill out a puppy application for us.  We will give you a call and go over things in more detail. 

We currently have these Guardian opportunities available.

Finley:

Finley was born June 1, 2017 and is expected to range in the mid to high 20′s when full grown.  She has a very soft and thick coat that is not expected to be curly.  Finley is very sweet and affectionate, very mellow and loves people and dogs alike.

Finley

Finley

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Coco:

Coco is one of our adult breeding dogs.  She is very affectionate and loving and weighs about 26 pounds.

Coco

Coco

If you think you would like to be a Guardian Family, please mention it in your Puppy Application so that we can discuss it further!!