GUARDIAN HOME DOGS

 

At Rooster Valley Labradors in an effort to expand our breeding program, but ensure that our breeding dogs get the maximum amount of interaction with their families, we have implemented our Guardian Home Dog Program.  For several years we have tried to come up with a way to expand our breeding program, but have struggled with the idea of having too many dogs that would get too little of our time.  We believe we have found a good solution that benefits not only us, but the family that may not be able to afford to purchase or want to pay the going rate for a healthy AKC Registered Labrador Retriever.

What Does it Mean to be a Guardian Home?

A guardian  home is family that receives a top quality breeding puppy to become a member of their family.  At eight weeks of age, a top-quality puppy will be sent home to an approved guardian family.  There is no charge for the puppy.  In exchange, the family agrees to follow the conditions as written in our Guardian Home Contract while it is in our breeding program.  When the dog is retired from breeding (after a minimum of four litters), the dog would be spayed/neutered and full AKC Registration and ownership is transferred to the Guardian family.  The dog remains with its family to continue his/her life with them.

Some Things Required of a Guardian Home

  1.     Live within reasonable driving distance of Modesto, California.

  2.     Have a fully secured fenced yard.

  3.     Feed only quality food recommended by Rooster Valley Labradors.

  4.     Have no other intact dogs of the opposite sex in the home.

  5.     Provide socialization and basic obedience at home or from obedience classes


  6.                     (Rooster Valley Labradors recommends Dennis Hayre Kennels)


  7.     Understand the issues and responsibilities of caring for a breeding dog.

  8.     Have a willingness to return the dog to us during breeding and whelping at the necessary timing.

  9.     Agree to regular health and veterinary care and keep vaccinations current.

  10.     Communicate freely with us about the health and condition of the dog.

  11.     Frequent photo’s and updates of the dog to keep our website up to date.

  12.     Provide regular exercise, don’t overfeed and maintain a healthy weight/not overweight.


Benefits of Being a Guardian Family

  1.     You will receive the best quality AKC Labrador Retriever puppy chosen by the Breeder.

  2.     You will receive a Best Friend for Life.

  3.     Discounts to Guardian families wanting an additional puppy from Rooster Valley Labradors


How many Litters will a Guardian Female Produce?

Each dog is individually assessed after each litter.  All of our Guardian Dogs will have at least one litter between the age of fifteen months and three years, with a maximum of four litters or six years of age.  After the first litter, the Guardian family and Rooster Valley Labradors will discuss the option of future litters based on the quality of puppies produced in the first litter.  Rooster Valley Labradors reserves the right to two litters for each guardian dog.  If the Guardian family chooses to allow Rooster Valley Labradors more than two breedings, the Guardian family will be compensated $150 per puppy in each litter following the second litter.

Are all the Guardian Dogs given away Females?

Most of our Guardian dogs are females.  On occasion we will place a male into a Guardian home for stud use.  The contract would be different than as with a female.  A male Guardian dog would be away from you for shorter periods of time, but more often.  A male Guardian dog would be kept in contract for a period of six years and would need to be available for about a week at a time when needed.  Your male would only mate with approved females chosen by Rooster Valley Labradors.


The choice of a Guardian Family is entirely the decision of Rooster Valley Labradors and will be determined after discussion and an interview.  If you are interested in this possibility we encourage you to read over our Guardian Home Contract and give us a call.