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Becoming a guardian...

Started by April S.. Last reply by Adina P Jan 9, 2015. 1 Reply

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Comment by Anna on September 24, 2017 at 9:59pm

We are a guardian family for Lita who is now 9 months old and 22 lbs.  What is the average age for the 1st heat, how long does it last and how often?

Thank you all.

Comment by Terry Lauzon on September 23, 2016 at 10:58am

Our Jazz is a guardian female going into her first heat cycle at 8 months old. Truly appreciate all the earlier comments. Very helpful.

Comment by Jeanne, Tura and Dolly on October 8, 2013 at 6:53pm
I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad that you had the time you had with Annie, and that she was a wonderful dog for your family. I guess it is a lesson for us all not to be always looking forward to the time when our dog is done with the breeding but just enjoy every day. Annie was lucky to be in a family that loved her so much.
Comment by lyn cederholm on October 8, 2013 at 6:01pm

It was a very tough summer for our family.  Just about a month after our sweet Annie had done  her time as a breeding dog, and us as a guardian to two litters, she became extremely sick.  She was hospitalized and after tests and treatments they found that there was little they could do to save her.  Her belly was filling with fluid, she was turning orange (bilirubin) and suffering.  We had to put her down here in our home.  She was the absolute best dog on the planet.  We loved her with every fiber of our being and it was honestly the most painful thing I've ever been through to lose her.  We had her just two and a half year, but it was the greatest experience despite the loss.  Being a guardian was not tough, although inconvenient at times, but losing her was heartbreaking.  I know that the breeding was difficult on her body and I don't know how it contributed to her downfall, but it is something to consider.  That being said, I would still recommend guardianship, as getting a great dog, even for a short time is the greatest blessing.  We have a second Australian Labradoodle named Rosie, who we've had for about a year and a half and she is wonderful and was retired when we got her.  Still wondering about whether to add in a second dog, as it does up the craziness.  Sorry to be a "downer" here, but wanted you to know that our guardianship payoff never did come, but the joy of ownership was present everyday that we had our precious Annie.  Just wish she could've enjoyed a life outside of breeding, as we had plans to run free together....

Comment by Maggie Dawes on September 7, 2013 at 8:47pm

Hi all! We are new here but are getting our girl as a guardian in a few weeks. She was born last week. I look forward to this interesting arrangement between the breeder and my family.

Comment by Nancy - Opal, Meadow & Tariki on August 26, 2012 at 7:34pm


My dog Opal had 3 litters.  Was at the breeders for 5 weeks each one and commuted to work for an extra week for each litter.  Meadow her litter mate was a bit lost for the first week (no personality)... but then REALLY enjoyed the extra Mom and Pop time.  Meadow had one litter and Opal didn't miss her in the least.  I always looked at it as bonus extra one on one time with the non whelping dog.  DON'T worry!  Just enjoy the special time with the dog at home!!

Comment by Sandy on August 26, 2012 at 3:09pm

Question - if I take in a guardian dog (female), and it leaves for 5 weeks or so with each birth, would is adversely affect my current dog - Toby?  Would he be "depressed" missing her, or would it be okay for him?

Comment by Don Robinson on December 27, 2011 at 8:02am

Check our our newest Guardian Male and his Forever Home - Drop Deed Red Gorgeous!

Comment by Dreamydoodles Northwest on August 1, 2011 at 11:00pm

We will be seeking a Guardian Family in the Portland Metro area for our new female breeding prospect puppy. Please visit our website for more information!

Comment by Dreamydoodles Northwest on July 29, 2011 at 7:21am
What is the average litter count or years that your Guardian contracts are asking for? Is 3-4 litters the average? I'm trying to write my own contract for my Guardian program and I want to be comparable to the other programs out there.

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