Guardian Program - Only One Special Puppy Per Litter
In an effort to provide excellent family homes while expanding our breeding options, we offer a Guardian program option to one pick male puppy per litter. As the gene pool for quality Standard Poodles is very limited, having more animals available allows more genetic diversity possibilities for future breeding to produce healthy puppies.
In this program, the Guardian family raises the puppy like normal while the AKC registration remains in the breeders name. Just like buying a puppy, the Guardian is responsible for the daily care, veterinarian costs, food, training costs, etc. The Guardian is also responsible to put at least one AKC or UKC title on the puppy. The title(s) can be in any conformation or performance avenue including obedience, rally, agility, tracking, hunting, fly ball, barn hunt, therapy, etc. Although not required, we do prefer people who have previous dog experience. Of course we provide guidance with any questions concerning the dog sport world. Putting a title on a dog proves the animal is stable, intelligent, and can work in a stressful environment. As the breeder, I pay for all health testing associated with breeding. If all the health testing, performance, structure, and temperament shows the puppy is of breeding quality, they might become an active part of our breeding program. All costs related to breeding will be paid by the breeder. The dog will return to us for breeding. Males are only needed for a couple days typically. Males may be kept intact for up to the age of 10 years old. We do not have behavior problems with our intact males, but we will not allow a Guardian home to have a male if they also have another intact female of any breed to prevent accidental breeding. If the puppy does not prove it is a good breeding candidate or when it completes its breeding career, it will be neutered and live out its life as a cherished family pet. At that time, all AKC registration paperwork will be changed to reflect that the Guardian is the sole owner of the dog with limited registration. Your home is their home for their entire life. Guardian homes must be within a 2 hour driving radius of our home and must stay in regular contact with us.
The Guardian program is excellent for people who want to show their puppy in some dog sport at a reduced price for their puppy. It?s more of a partnership with the guidance of an experienced breeder. Guardian homes are a part of the Piccolo?s Poodles family! As an incentive, Guardian homes receive a $750 discount off their puppy. We only offer one Guardian puppy per litter, so please let us know if this option sounds like a good fit for you.