GUARDIAN HOME PROGRAM
(Looking for Couples or Families with Children within 100 miles of South Jordan, UTAH, USA)
Here at GVAussies we feel that in order to succeed as exceptional breeders of the Australian Shepherds, and to properly develop the Australian Shepherd breed, it requires us to have a number of dogs in our breeding program. It is our goal to successfully further and develop our lines while having our breeding dogs live in a family environment. We have researched and found that the Guardian Home Program is the best way to accomplish this. This is a very unique program that allows our breeding dogs to live as much loved family members with our locally selected families while participating in our breeding program. This is our way of ensuring that our breeding dogs live with their families in forever homes and still participate in the future development of the breed under our watchful eye. We can’t thank our families enough for the important role they play in the future of the Australian Shepherd.
GUARDIAN HOME PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
A security deposit of approximately 50% of the current pet price will be required ($1000 security deposit). Rather than paying full price for a pet puppy, you will receive a “pick of the litter puppy” for a ~50% security deposit of the normal pet price. You are getting the best that GVAussies has to offer in an Australian Shepherd puppy. This means that in the litter this puppy possesses the best qualities as outlined in our breed standard, not only for type, conformation, color and movement, but also for temperament, soundness and coat quality.
By 14 months of age, we will have a breeding program assessment and health testing visit scheduled. We will pay for the full range of health testing to be completed. Once we receive the results from the health testing, we will make a final assessment of adding this dog to our breeding program. This is our way of being able to keep the best males and females from each litter, and then to have the ability and availability to select the best candidates to continue with the breed’s development. If we decide not to breed this dog, we will then have them spayed/neutered for you, at our expense, and the contract is complete.
(If the dog does not meet our Breeding Standards by around 12-16 months of age, it will be spayed or neutered upon the decision and the ownership of the dog will be signed over to you. This means you get to have a GVAussie puppy for a fraction of the cost!)
Guardian families are expected to care for their new puppy or dog physically and financially. We will cover all costs associated to breeding and care for all litters produced by Guardian Family dogs at our home. Guardian dogs are your forever family pet, but will come to us every so often to sire or whelp their litters.
Guardian families must:
- Have a fenced yard, own a car, and own a home (no renters)
- Have previous experience with owning a dog or have adequate knowledge of caring for a dog
- Not have any other intact dogs in the home (male or female)
- Be able to provide a puppy or dog with proper health care, nutrition, and exercise
- Be able to properly train and socialize a puppy or dog
- Be able to take a dog to be groomed often
- Be able to drive the dog to and from our home for whelping or breeding
- Live within 100 miles of Salt Lake City, Utah.
If you own a Female Guardian Dog:
We will board your dog for a few days during the breeding process, then she will go back home with you while she is pregnant. She will then come back to us for 6-8 weeks while she whelps her litter. Once old enough, female dogs will spend 6 to 12 weeks a year in our care. Guardian families are always welcome to visit during this time! Guardians must be able to detect a heat cycle and keep females away from intact male dogs during this time. Females retire at around the age of 6-7. After retirement the female will be spayed and continue to live the remainder of her life with her Guardian Family.
If you own a Male Guardian Dog:
Male dogs will spend a few days with us at a time when needed during breeding. Guardians must be able to keep male dogs away from intact female dogs in heat. Males retire at around the age of 6-7. After retirement the male will be neutered and continue to live the remainder of his life with his Guardian Family.
- We ask that you allow us to make arrangements to have the puppy brought to our home throughout various stages in its puppy-hood to document and photograph him/her to display on our website/social media channels. We also ask to be sent quality photos every once in a while that we can post on social media.
- Guardian dogs are to be kept on a healthy diet at all times especially during the pregnancy.
- Guardian families are required to take their puppy/dog to the vet for its annual vaccines and whenever else needed (aside from breeding related visits).
We require between 2-4 litters from our Guardian Home Program dogs once they are in our breeding program. Each dog will be individually assessed with each breeding and litter produced. GVAussies takes the health and well-being of each and every one of our breeding dogs very seriously. It is our top priority to ensure they are in optimum condition for each litter they produce. If we have accomplished our goals in breed development, we may select to early retire them, or we may select to breed them out to the full four litters. It will be solely the decision of GVAussies, and it is our right exclusively to make that decision. Upon retirement, we will spay/neuter them and transfer ownership to their Guardian family where they can be your pet with no further requirements.
COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH BREEDING
Any medical costs related to the breeding, and any stud fee costs required to produce the litter are the sole responsibility of GVAussies. Our Guardian Program families are only responsible for routine maintenance and medical care, such as, but not limited to, feeding, vaccinations, flea, tick and heartworm preventative, just as they would if they had a spayed/neutered family pet.