What is the Guardian Program?
The guardian program offers benefits to the dog, the breeder and the dog owner as follows:
- Provides a nurturing and loving environment by the forever family
- Provides quality medical care, diet and extensive testing associated with a high quality breeding dog
- Provides a high quality, “pick of the litter” dog to love
- Provides a financial mechanism to offset the expense of the dog purchase via cash payment after each breeding or towards the purchase of a future AFL puppy.
- Provides a responsible mechanism to breed dogs without the use of kennels or rehoming of breeding dogs after being “retired”
- Knowledge that the breeding dogs are in loving homes of responsible pet owners
What are the requirements of a Guardian family?
- Live within 60 miles of the breeder (metro Atlanta)
- Must be interviewed and pre-approved by the breeder
- Have a fully fenced yard
- Ensure the puppy is well socialized
- Complete puppy obedience training
- Feed the guardian dog a diet approved by the breeder
- Provide all routine care for a dog to include: routine and emergency veterinary care and medication (flea/tick and heartworm prevention), grooming and food. AFL will cover veterinary care/costs related to breeding and testing.
- Communicate with the breeder when a female guardian dog begins her heat cycle
- Must ensure that a female guardian dog is not in the presence of intact male dogs during the female’s heat cycle
- Male guardians are prohibited from breeding with other dogs
- Agree to all other terms of the guardian program
What is the cost of a Guardian puppy?
The price for a guardian puppy is the same as purchasing a non-guardian puppy. However, the cost of a guardian puppy is returned to guardian family through a cash reimbursement at the conclusion of the breeding assignment. As an alternative, Guardian families may elect a new, second AFL puppy as reimbursement of the payment for the Guardian dog.
What guardian dog costs does AFL cover?
- All breeding related testing and doctor visits
- Cost of spay/neuter for the guardian dog at the conclusion of the breeding obligations
What are the breeding obligations for guardian dogs?
Female guardians require 3 litters with a minimum of 6 pups in each litter. Guardian females will leave their families approximately one week prior to the expected due date for each litter and will remain with AFL until the puppies are weaned (about 6 weeks). AFL will have a “puppy cam” operational during the birth of the puppies through 4-5 weeks of age to allow the guardian family to monitor their pet and her litter of pups.
Male studs are contracted for 5 years to include a minimum of 5 successful breedings. Males are not removed from their families for an extended period of time.
What other important considerations should we be aware of for the guardian program?
Below are a few of the instances where the guardian program contract would be null and void and replaced with a standard puppy contract. In these instances, there would be no reimbursement or compensation provided to the guardian family.
- guardian puppy fails to pass all required health testing
- guardian family relocates outside of the 60 mile radius of AFL
- guardian family fails to meet the other requirements of the guardian program as explained above
Please contact us if you are interested in the AFL Guardian Program and we will be happy to provide more details as included in the Guardian Program Agreement.