Here at Great Glen Australian Labradoodles, our dogs and puppies live happy, family lives. Their happiness and wellbeing is our number one priority. All our dogs live with us in our home or with a guardian family. Our dogs never stay in kennels. We raise our puppies in our family home where they get exposed to the every day comings and goings of a busy family.
Being a breeder produces logistical issues when it comes to housing breeding girls and boys, as a small breeder and having a family to care for as well we decided to open up our guardian program to families willing to work with us on our mission to healing hearts and changing lives through the power of a dog.
So what is a Guardian family?
A guardian family is a family looking for a pet dog that we feel has the potential to be a breeding dog in our program.
How much does it cost to be a guardian home?
There is no adoption fee for the puppy. The puppy lives with his/her guardian family and grows up as their pet. The guardian is responsible for all costs they would be responsible for with any pet; food, toys, routine vaccinations, insurance etc.
How does it work?
Just after the first year the puppy will have health tests to determine whether or not he/she has sufficient health scores to become a breeding dog in our program. If he/she passes they will continue to live their life as the guardians pet but will also be a breeder for Great Glen Australian Labradoodles
How long does the guardian agreement last?
Our guardian dogs have a maximum of three litters. Females retire from breeding at approximately 4 years old. Males at 6 years old.
What happens when the dog is pregnant?
For each mating she will visit our home (the breeder) for about a week.
Gestation for a dog is approximately 9 weeks, most of this time will be spent living with her guardian family, and most of this time her activity levels will be the same as when she wasn’t expecting puppies, but she will slow up as she nears her due date.
Approximately 10 days before she is due she returns to our home (the breeder) to have her puppies and stays until they are weaned at approximately 7/8 weeks of age.
May we visit the dog while she is with you?
The family are welcome to visit their dog while she is with her puppies once she is settled and content with them.
Males won’t ever have to stay away from your home, they will visit the breeders for mating a few times a year.
What Happens when her breeding career ends?
Once the guardian agreement is fulfilled at approximately the age of 4yrs. We will spay her and turn over all ownership paperwork to the guardian family. In the case of a male at 6 years he will be neutered. They will then live out their years as a pet.
What happens if the dog fails their health testing?
If the guardians dog does not pass their health testing they will not be bred from. Failing health testing does not mean the dog is not healthy, it just means they did not make a high enough scores to participate in our breeding program. The dog would then be spayed/neutered and turned over to the guardian family with no further obligation to us
The guardian homes are always within an hours drive of Inverness, Highland, to allow the dog to come for holidays several times a year so that she feels like she's visiting her second home.
Becoming a guardian home is not something to be undertaken without due consideration, and not a decision we have taken lightly. We have a high standard of care for all our dogs, and expect no less of a dog placed in a guardian home.
If your interested in becoming one of our families please email us.