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Golden Retriever Guardianship Program

Interested in participating in the puppy process and experiencing more irresistible puppy cuteness? Learn about our guardianship program for dogs and what that means for you.

A guardianship program can provide an optimal home environment for a dog who is an ideal candidate for breeding. By placing the dog with a family who intends to build loving memories and experiences with their dog, the dog can have a healthier and happier home life as opposed to living with a large group of breeding dogs in an institutional feeling environment.

When the female dog has a heat cycle where she is intended to be bred, the female dog is typically brought to the male dog on days 10-14 of her cycle. The breeder monitors the male and female dogs to watch for a successful pairing. Afterwards, the female returns to her family home.

Approximately eight weeks later, the female returns to the breeder for whelping. The puppies will be born at nine weeks give or take, and the female will need to stay at the breeder for six weeks after birth to raise her puppies. This ensures momma and babies are happy and healthy. 

  • The dog receives the best life it can possibly have!
  • The family gets a dog who meets the highest health standards, conformation to the breed, and has a wonderful personality – for free!
  • The breeder still invests in the health testing and pregnancy related costs for the dog, but the breeder also receives the revenue from the proceeds of the puppy purchases.

The breeder will be very selective about when it’s the right time and the right conditions for a guardianship program. Not only is it difficult for a family to part with their dog for 6 weeks for having puppies, but there is also a significant investment required from the breeder for health testing, whelping, and raising the puppies. If the relationship sours, it can become very challenging for both parties. For example, the breeder will ensure the dog has up to date vaccines, typically a very specific diet and supplement routine, and doesn’t carry excessive weight. A contract is formed between the breeder and the guardian home to ensure that these issues are worked out before the agreement is entered into.

After the breeder and the family decide it’s an ideal match between the two parties, they will settle the details about which puppy or dog is eligible for the program, when the dog will be transferred to its new home, and when upcoming heat cycles are expected. 

While this arrangement might seem unique, breeding programs have been using guardianship arrangements for a very long time. We believe in happiness for all dogs and are supportive of the guardianship arrangement because it lends itself to more love and special memories for each dog!

Puppy playing in the grass

AKC Golden Retriever


Violet is a stunning light colored golden with a gorgeous coat! She is extraordinarily intelligent and consistently seeks your approval and direction. Violet has a way of staring deep into your eyes as if she can read your mind. She is a petite golden with slender composition and elegant stature. Violet is quite the lady, and is lovingly attached to her guardian family, where she lives with them at the beach. 

Health Report

  • DOB- June 13, 2021
  • AKC Registered SS27358403
  • Sire: Double K Saprky
  • Dam: Krystal Kath Alena
  • Degenerative Myelopathy: Clear
  • PRCD-PRA: Clear
  • GR-PRA 1: Clear
  • GR-PRA 2: Clear
  • Ichthyosis 1 (dandruff): Clear
  • Ichthyosis 2 (dandruff): Clear
  • NCL 5: Clear
  • OFA Hips: Good
  • OFA Elbows: Normal
  • OFA Cardiac: Normal