GUARDIAN HOME PROGRAM
Here at Southern Charms Little Luvs, we strive to provide only the best for our adult breeding dogs who serve as loving members of our family. To ensure we are able to give these dogs the best possible home life while being able to expand and produce the best possible puppies, we like to limit the number of dogs we have living in our home. We are now offering a guardian program where qualified families will receive a FREE puppy/dog while we retain the breeding rights.
Guardian families are expected to properly care for their new puppy/dog physically and financially. We will cover all costs associated with breeding and care for/own all litters produced by guardian family dogs. Basically, you will get an adorable dog to add to your family for no cost, and we get to use him/her in our breeding program. Pretty simple! Guardian dogs will remain your forever family pet but will come to us every so often to sire/whelp their litters.
-You can have the opportunity to own a high quality & health tested dog for no upfront cost!
-Guardian families get to come over and play with the adorable puppies that their dog has sired/whelped!
-Free boarding while you are out of town! (Depending on if we currently have a litter at the house or not).
Guardian Families Must Have:
-A fenced yard
-Previous experience with owning a dog or have adequate knowledge on caring for a dog
*Guardian families must be able to:
-Provide a puppy/dog with proper health care, nutrition, and exercise
-Properly train and socialize a puppy/dog
-Keep up with grooming
*Guardian families must be established and live no more than 2 hours from us with no plans to move.
Owning a female guardian dog:
We will board your dog for a few days during the breeding process and the duration of whelping a litter. Once old enough, female dogs will spend at least 8 weeks per year or every other 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 4-6, after retirement the female will be spayed and continue to live the remainder of her life with her guardian family.
Owning 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 5-7, after retirement the male will be neutered and continue to live the remainder of his life with his guardian family.
-For Doodles: We ask that you let the puppy’s coat grow out until around 6 months-1 year of age, although you may groom and trim the dog’s coat around the face and base of the tail. Brushing and bathing should be done regularly.
-For Poodles: Hair should be trimmed as needed in a maintainable poodle trim with hair away from eyes.
-We ask that you allow us to make arrangements to pick up the puppy/dog throughout various stages in its life to get photos taken to display on our website/social media channels.
-Guardian dogs are to be kept on a healthy diet at all times and chosen food brands must be approved by us.
-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 will be looking for guardian homes for both male and female dogs when they become available!
If you are interested in becoming a part of our guardian program please look over the guardian contract and email us.
*Please Read Guardian Contract Below*
This will need to be signed and agreed upon for guardianship
2605 Hwy. 16 South
Graham , Tx. 76450
Date of Agreement: _________________
Guardian Home Puppy Kennel Name: _____________
Dam and Sire Names: _______________________________
Guardian Home Family Name(s):
City: ________________________ State:_______ Zip Code: _______________
Email Addresses: ___________________________________
Home Phone: ______________________
Closest Family not at same address (Name & Phone) :
Southern Charms Little Luvs, Guardian Home Program grants qualified families/individuals guardianship of a breeding (male or female) puppy/dog. Southern Charms Little Luvs (Breeder) grants Guardian Home Family (Guardian) sole ownership of the dog at the end of the contract period, which will conclude after three or four breeding cycles producing puppies (number of litters to be determined by Breeder, but no more than four litters) or until the age of 8 in male dogs. Guardian agrees to abide by the terms below, the only exceptions to agreement to be noted in writing with Breeder. Guardian responsibilities and Breeder obligations are provided below. Guardian’s failure to fulfill these responsibilities can result in Breeder terminating the guardianship agreement and Guardian will be required to return the dog to Breeder. Should the Breeder need to seek legal action against the Guardian for violations of this agreement, the Guardian will assume any and all attorney costs and court fees.
• Guardian will provide home to dog with fenced yard and will keep dog in fenced yard or on leash at all times. Guardian will notify Breeder 30 days in advance of change of address or move, and must stay in the general vicinity of first address/city for agreement to continue with Breeder. Guardian will inform Breeder of vacations or planned absences. Any person caring for the dog in the Guardian’s absence must be approved in advance by the Breeder. Guardian is responsible to ensure that all persons residing with Guardian and dog understand and abide by the terms of this contract.
• Guardian is responsible for properly maintaining, containing, training and caring for the dog using methods approved by the Breeder. This includes providing high-quality dog food and exercising the dog daily. Dog must be trained with basic commands for sit; stay, come, down. Breeder is not responsible for and damage to property while in guardians care. Dog will not be left outdoors during extreme weather conditions and will never be chained. Dog will be maintained at the ideal body condition for physical and reproductive health.
• Guardian will provide and pay for routine veterinary care including sick and well checkups, and will inform Breeder (emailing vet reports and records). Guardian will provide required immunization boosters, rabies immunization, and other routine health checkups and treatments. Guardian will maintain the dog’s physical appearance with grooming, brushing, de-matting, and will keep nails clipped, and cleaning ears and teeth. Guardian will notify Breeder immediately with any health concerns, illnesses, accidents, etc. Guardian will make sure puppy has required set of immunizations completed and will send Breeder vet records from each exam.
• Guardian will provide Breeder with the name, address and telephone numbers for their veterinarian. Guardian will send Breeder copies of all exams and vet records immediately after the vet visits.
• Guardian is responsible for seeking prompt and appropriate veterinary care in the event of injury or illness of the dog. If choices need to be made regarding type of treatment, these choices must be presented to and made by the Breeder unless emergency treatment is required. Guardian will be responsible for routine vet costs and treatment for accidents or injury. If genetic health problems arise (patella, hips, severe heart problems) Guardian will not be responsible for costs to treat these issues. Dog with severe genetic faults will not be bred and Guardian/Breeder will work out Guardian keeping/not keeping the dog and payment for treatment, depending on the problem.
• Guardian will surrender dog to Breeder whenever requested and on occasions such as, but not limited to, breeding, whelping, and vet visits. Guardian will assist Breeder to transport dog for breeding and whelping, to deliver and to pick up if needed.
• Guardian will be required to pay Breeder $5000 if the dog dies due to negligence on the part of the Guardian. Negligence is defined as but not limited to: (1) failure to responsibly contain or supervise the dog; (2) leaving the dog alone in a vehicle if the outdoor temperature is over 65 degrees; (3) failure to prevent the dog from having access to toxic materials; (4) failure to provide containment of dog while in a moving vehicle (crate) if not contained inside the vehicle (ie pickup bed). If the dog dies due to accident beyond the control of the Guardian, the Guardian does not owe payment to the Breeders. If the dog dies due to non-treatable or genetic health issue, the Guardian will not be held responsible in any way.
• Guardian of a female will check the dog for signs of beginning heat cycles as per instruction by Breeder. The Guardian will notify Breeder when changes indicating impending heat cycles appear, and Breeder will let Guardian know when to meet deliver the dog for breeding. Guardian must deliver the dog to Breeder on the date Breeder specifies.
• For whelping, the dog will be kept by Breeder (approximately 7 days before litter’s due date), and will go home after the puppies are weaned (when the puppies are approximately 8 weeks of age, to be determined by Breeder).
• Guardian of a female will allow the Breeder three to four successful breedings. A “successful breeding” is a litter with more than one puppy. Breeder will determine the number of litters for this contract, not to exceed four litters.
• Guardian may return the dog to Breeder at any time, for any reason and the guardianship agreement will be terminated.
• Guardian will return the dog to the Breeder if they are moving to far away to continue the program. A buyout may be arranged at the amount of $8000 per unborn litter or arrangement can be made to purchase the dog when he/she retires.
• Guardian agrees to pay Breeder $8000 if the dog gets pregnant by another male dog while in there care. This would be considered a breech in contract due to the fact that the dog should have already been in the care of the breeder and proper fencing and care should have been provided for the dog.
• If Guardian has dog spayed or neutered without written consent of Breeder, Guardian will owe Breeder up to $20,000 for an adult dog two years or older or $10,000 for dog under the age of two. Any legal costs incurred to collect this payment will be paid by the Guardian.
• Breeder will provide written instruction to Guardians regarding nutrition, training and veterinary care, and will be available to answer questions and help Guardian whenever needed to answer questions about care, medical conditions, food, training, etc.
• Breeder will visit the Guardian home once a year.
• Breeder will retain ownership of the dog until the end of the Guardian Home Contract period. At that time, Breeder will pay to have the dog spayed or neutered. Legal ownership of the dog will be transferred from Breeder to Guardian at this time, any registration will be then transferred to the guardian.
• Breeder will be responsible for medical costs resulting from genetic health faults (hip problems of certain severity; heart murmurs of specific grades; and deformities resulting in unsuitability for breeding). Such dog will not be kept in breeding program, and the contract will be ended. Breeder will either provide Guardian with a replacement dog or will work with Guardian to amiably resolve the situation so that health issues are taken care of and Guardian can keep the dog if so desired.
• If the dog dies while in the Breeder’s care, Breeder will provide, free of charge, a replacement puppy or dog to the Guardian and the Guardianship relationship may either be continued or cancelled, decided by mutual agreement of Breeder and Guardian.
• Prior to the end of the contract, if it is determined by the Breeder that it is in the best interest of the Breeder or the dog that the dog be spayed/neutered and taken out of the breeding program, then legal ownership of the dog will be transferred to the Guardian after spaying (at Breeders expense).