What is a Guardian Home?
- A guardian home is a local family that receives one of our 'pick' Labrador puppies as their companion and provides a permanent loving home to the dog. This means we will place one of our superior puppies in with a suitable family so they continue to live a great life as pet while still contributing to the breed. We generally retain breeding rights for 2-3 litters.
- As a guardian owner, the dog belongs to you and stays with you as your family dog for a lifetime. The dog always resides with the guardian family as their pet except for breeding and whelping/raising puppies. Once the dog is retired from breeding, we pay for the dog to be spayed/neutered the dog will continue to enjoy life with you.
What are the Benefits?
- A Guardian Family gets the very best that we have to offer. This means we pick the best puppy out of the litter. Our puppies are bred from sound parents that we have chosen for their outstanding temperament, health, and structure.
- Your dog will be completely health tested at our expense
- You receive all the benefits of owning one of our beautiful, well-bred Labrador Retriever puppies, but at a reduced price.
- Just as with any one of our dogs, you receive ongoing support directly from us. You can also schedule a family vacation during breeding/whelping/rearing without the cost of boarding your dog.
- We cover the cost of spay when the contract is complete
- As dog lovers, we reject the idea of puppy mills and want all dogs to be owned by loving families and live a wonderful life as a companion. A guardian home is the way to help us continue to breed outstanding dogs in an environment to produce happy and healthy puppies for families who are looking for a wonderful forever family companion.
- We value our dogs and want them to live their life as a family member and we hope you can see how this benefits your family with a high quality, healthy happy Labrador puppy, at a reduced cost.
What is the Cost?
- The cost of a puppy is 1/2 of the standard price of a puppy, initially. Once the contract is fulfilled, we reimburse the guardian owner equal to 1/4 of the price of the puppy, leaving the total cost of the puppy to the guardian owner only 1/4 of the standard price of the puppy.
- Guardian owners are responsible for all of the dog’s regular day to day care including an approved diet, vaccinations, medical expenses, and most importantly all the love and care and attention possible. If we would like the dog to be on a supplement for breeding purposes, we will cover the cost and supply them.
- We pay for all genetic health testing and breeding-related expenses. In addition, when the dog has completed its breeding career, we will spay/neuter the dog at our expense and sign the AKC papers to you. None of these costs are expected of the guardian owner.
- Females have 2-3 litters and males may be used for 2-5 years after health testing. We judge a dog's breeding career on a case-by-case basis, suitable for the individual dog.
How Does It Work?
- Most of our dogs available to a guardian family will be females but we may occasionally have a male available as well. We work with families and their preferences.
- Your Labrador puppy will come to you at 8 weeks of age or may be a retiring show dog. If a puppy, during the first two years we will have their heath testing completed and evaluate the results to assess whether or not they will be bred. When a girl comes into season, the guardian family is required to notify us immediately even if they are not due to be bred. During this time, we will need access to her for breeding related appointments. Once she has been bred, she will remain with her guardian family until one week before her due date. We provide information on weekly requirements during pregnancy up until one week prior to whelping. At that time, the dog will come back and stay with us to whelp and raise her puppies and will be returned to her family once her pups are fully weaned approximately 6-8 weeks later. Guardian families are welcome to visit with scheduled appointments while their girl is with us.
- We will notify the guardian family when stud service is required from their boy, and make all breeding arrangements including health tests, collections, etc.
- The guardian family is not asked to be responsible for any breeding activities or expenses incurred related to breeding. The dog is your wonderful family companion and we cover the expenses with everything breeding-related. Guardian families are responsible for all other costs.
What are the Requirements?
- To be considered as a guardian owner, we require that you live within approx. 1 hour of our home. It is necessary that you have a fenced yard, have no other intact animals, and own your own home. Guardian families must have reliable transportation, and a willingness to bring the dog to us, if needed. Generally we will do our best to provide all transportation needs. And most importantly, provide all the love and care and attention possible.
- Guardian Families must maintain open lines of communication with us at all times and will be willing to work with us to ensure that health testing needs and breeding visits (between 1 and 2 times a year for females) are met.
- There are several things that a guardian needs to consider. Guardians of females sometimes have to deal with several heat cycles, keeping their girl protected from well-meaning gentlemen callers when she is in season. The Guardian family will need to learn the signs of a heat cycle starting and communicate and coordinate with us. Guardians of males will need to be comfortable with some “macho” behavior in their intact boy as well as protect him from breeding other girls.
- We expect you to love and care for your puppy as your family companion for its lifetime. :-)
If you are interested in applying to adopt a puppy as a guardian home, please feel free to contact us to learn more about our current and future opportunities.
Alyssa | 72O.839.3266 | EvermorLabradors@gmail.com
Alyssa | 72O.839.3266 | EvermorLabradors@gmail.com