What is a Guardian Home?
Regal 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, Regal Doodles has found that we need to maintain more breeding dogs than we can accommodate living in our homes as our pets. Our solution was to reach out to our friends, family members and neighbors to become “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 lives 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.
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 only need to 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 it depends on whether we both agree you are able to raise her litter in your home or if you want her to come back to us when she has pups. If you want her to come back to us, 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. If you are able to raise the litter, she would only have to come back to us for a week or so when the pups transition to our place. Guardians who wish to raise a litter in their home MUST follow the same standards and protocols that we do. If we feel a guardian home is not ready to raise a litter because of inexperience or lack of time to properly care for them, we will choose to have the female come back to us.
What types of dogs are available as guardians?
We may have Goldendoodles, Labradoodles, Golden Retrievers and Poodles (standard and toy) that are looking for guardian homes.
What is the benefit to being a guardian?
Guardian homes are given the highest quality dog or “pick of the litter” for a reduced fee or full price with an option for making the money back by raising puppies. Sometimes these are 8 week old puppies and sometimes they are adult dogs. Guardians who take on one of our adult dogs have the added benefit of getting a trained dog that is already past the puppy terrors. If a guardian dog does not pass any portion of its health testing, the dogs is altered and allowed to remain with the family as their pet.