Safari Doodles remains committed to keeping our breeding dogs and litters in private home settings as opposed to making them kennel dogs that rarely get interaction or love. In order to achieve the genetic diversity needed for a successful breeding program, Safari Doodles has found that we need to maintain more breeding dogs than we can accommodate living in our homes as our pets. First, we have adult girls that are currently producing litters from 2-5 years of age. Second, we need young girls to grow up to replace these adult mothers. Last, we have stud dogs.
Our solution was to reach out to find “guardians” to our breeding dogs. A guardian dog lives with the guardian home as their pet. We retain breeding rights to that dog for a set period of time. Once the dog’s breeding career is completed, they are spayed or neutered and live for the rest of their life as the guardian home’s pet.
Can anyone become a guardian home?
No, we maintain very high standards as to who can own our dogs and how they are treated and cared for. If the guardian is not someone we know well, we have an extensive interview process. All guardian homes sign a contract that outlines exactly what the terms of the agreement are. Guardians must live within a reasonable driving distance from McKinney and be willing to drive the dog to our home for all testing, breeding, etc. For females that could be 2-4 times a year.
How much time will my guardian dog spend away from home?
It depends on several factors. If you house one of our males, we will borrow him here and there for a few days at a time. Probably no more than once or twice a month for a few days at the most. If you have a female, then we would have her for around a week when she is first bred, then we would have her for about 8 weeks when she has the pups. Most mother dogs have 4 litters with us. Potential guardians must be willing to agree to leave all decisions regarding breeding with us. The puppies that we keep are part of our breeding program and we are counting on them for future litters. It can be 18 months – 2+ years before some of the future mom’s have their first litter. We understand it is hard to be away from your dog for a few weeks but we love on them and take excellent care of them while they are with us. If you decide you no longer want to be part of the breeding program, the dog must be returned to us.
What costs are associated with being a guardian?
You are responsible for daily care and normal costs associated with owning a dog: food, vitamins, grooming, basic vet bills. We pay all costs related to reproduction: special supplements and reproductive vet bills.
What types of dogs are available as guardians?
We may have Goldendoodles, Golden Retrievers and Poodles (standard and mini) that are looking for guardian homes.
We take applications at all times for guardian homes for upcoming puppies.
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Ruth: 15 months old. Sweet girl, happy, great with other dogs, kids, cats that like dogs.