Guardian Home Program
Guardian Homes are a great opportunity for the right family.
Britannia Farms needs excellent guardian homes so that we can further our breeding program without having too many dogs at our facility.
Guardianships enable breeding dogs to live one on one with a family while they are participating in our program. They are loved and cared for by the same family, their ‘forever family’, one that they will be living with when they retire.
Guardian Dogs are placed with a $500 upfront fee. (Our usual price for a puppy is $2800) Your puppy will be the our ‘Pick of the litter’ puppy. This is one that we consider to be the best example of what we are trying to achieve in our breeding program. Our Guardian family will be hand picked by us. Your puppy will have health testing done as we require for all the breeding dogs in our program. This is done to ensure health and quality in our lines and so that we may confidently offer a two year health guarantee on our puppies. This will start around one year of age. If your puppy does not pass the testing, the guardianship will be terminated, dog spayed or neutered, and the guardian will have ownership of puppy with no further monies due. Life changing results will be considered individually, and refunds may be given according to the contract and puppy guarantee.
There will be a specific contract for each guardianship arrangement. Guardians must not have any other intact dogs, males or females (spayed or neutered pets are fine). Female guardian dogs are under contract for 3 litters. We will usually breed litters back to back for the first year then one a year later so they may retire early, unless our vet recommends differently. The contract may be extended if both the guardian and ourselves agree to it, or shortened if we decide no more litters are desired from the female. Guardians of females are required understand the heat cycle and recognize signs so that we may be ready when the time is right for breeding, and make her available. Females may need to come and stay for a few days, or be brought to our facility as and when required. Then, approximately one week prior to whelping, the female will come to us for the last days prior to delivery. Once the pups are weaned (around 6-7 weeks) the female can come back to her guardian home. (This is a good time to schedule a family vacation with free dog care!)
Male dogs are contracted for a period of time rather than a number of litters. Guardians of male dogs must have the dog available as needed for natural breedings, or for semen collection as required by us.
Of course there are certain criteria we are looking for in this very special role as a Guardian family of a Britannia Farms dog. We are looking for families that have time and energy to spend training a puppy and socialize it to at least 3 sessions of puppy kindergarten and basic training up to, and possibly including the test for “CGC” Canine Good Citizen. An additional $500 will be offered to families that train their puppy to the “Therapy Dog” certification. Families will need to make sure their dog is well socialized, good with children and other dogs, and comfortable with strangers. Families with one parent at home during the day/work from home will be preferred, as are families that live within close proximity to our facility.
If you are interested in being one of our ‘Britannia Farms’ Guardian families, please contact us for more information, our contract rules and an interview with us.
Please contact us for details if you feel you meet the right criteria for a Guardian Home.