Welcome to our Guardian Program Page! We are excited to be able to offer Guardian opportunities in our program!
Have you ever dreamed of owning a Golden Retriever but some things have kept you from that opportunity? The main reason individuals join our Guardian Program is due to their lack of funds to purchase a puppy upfront or the desire to be a part of the breeding aspect without the costs/liabilities associated.
The main reason we offer the Guardian Program is because it is truly impossible to have a breeding program without accumulating multiple dogs. We have to plan 2 years in advance to bring in a new puppy to grow up. We really don't want to turn into a "kenneling" program. We want to have our dogs live in our home with us and be in a family setting. While dogs are very adaptable, I also don't like the thought of retiring a dog into a brand new home after he/she is done breeding.
By implementing a Guardian Program we can guarantee our puppies are raised in a positive environment, our dogs are happier being raised in their forever homes with either us or their Guardian, and our Guardians get to be involved in our breeding program. Our Guardians get the opportunity to own an amazing dog at a low price and get paid for it!
How it works
If we have a puppy we want to join our breeding program we go through a screening process to find the perfect Guardian. The Guardian will pay an initial "deposit" amount of $600, which is significantly lower than the purchase price. The trade off of them paying the low deposit is that we retain breeding rights and the dog stays a part of our program.
Once we have found the perfect Guardian the puppy will go home with the them and be raised just as a new puppy would. The Guardian will be the one to name the puppy typically and will be the one who goes through the process of raising the puppy in every aspect (potty training, obedience, etc).
Once the dog is old enough, it will be evaluated based on health, temperament, etc. to make sure it will be a positive attribute to our program. If it doesn't pass, there is a protocol followed which will depend on scenario. If the dog does pass then it will continue in our breeding program.
The dog will come to our home for breeding purposes but otherwise will live full time with the Guardian. Males will spend less time overall with us but the potential to come for frequent is there depending on how many females we have needing his service. Females will come to our home when in heat to be bred and to whelp and raise the puppies. The female will go home in between being bred and whelping for the Guardian to watch her grow throughout the pregnancy and then will come back to our home about 10 days before whelping date. The female will stay with us until puppies are weaned then she will go back with Guardian. We cover all costs associated with breeding (health testing, stud fee, progesterone testing, puppy expenses, etc.). Guardians cover all costs associated with owning a pet (vaccinations, food, toys, care while in their home, etc. ) and once the female goes back with Guardian they are compensated an agreed amount each litter the dog has.
Take a moment to view the Guardian Program Contract on the Contracts page.
Requirements of Guardian Program;
-Live within 2 hours of Hall, MT
-Must be a clean non smoking home
-No other intact dogs in the household
-Must have current veterinarian with golden retriever breed knowledge
-Must be willing to follow Guardian Program Contract
-Must not allow dog outdoors without being in a fence or on a leash or with constant supervision
-Must be willing to travel all the way to us for breeding purposes during any time of the year
If you are interested in becoming a Guardian and pass all of the requirements then contact us!
Kodie (retired) with her Guardian family and her first litter.
Kodie (retired) with her Guardian family.
Lindy with her Guardians and first litter.