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Guardian Homes

What is a Guardian Home?

Guardian homes allow us to expand our program while ensuring that each and every dog has an incredible life as a family pet! You receive a pick of the litter quality dog at no upfront cost in exchange  for your investment in their care, safety, and happiness. The guardian home program benefits  the dog, the guardian home family, and the breeder.  

Some of our current guardian families

So what does it take?

  1. Must own your own home with fenced yard and plan not to move out of the Austin area for the next 6 years.

  2. You cannot own an INTACT dog of the opposite sex during those 6 years. Spayed or neutered dogs are fine.

  3. The dog must dwell primarily indoors, be kept up to date on vaccines, free of parasites, know basic obedience commands, and be well groomed. Poodles & doodles need to be professionally groomed and clipped a MINIMUM of every 8 wks with thorough brushing in between to prevent matting.

  4. Just as you would for any pet, you'd be responsible for all "normal" dog expenses including food, veterinary care, and grooming. We pay to have each dog thoroughly health tested (DNA, Pennhip, OFA) and cover all breeding-related vet care. We take care of breeding, whelping, and raising the litters in our home, and cover ALL breeding related expenses. ​

  5. Must be willing and able to take the puppy to in-person training classes for basic obedience and socialization between the ages 4-8 months of age.

  6. For female dogs, the family must be willing to have the dog live with us for up to 7 weeks at a time to raise and care for her puppies. Our goal for most females is to have 3 to 4 litters total. For males, we will borrow the dog for breeding for 1 to 7 days at a time, several times per year.
    We do give our guardian family a small monetary bonus for every litter produced to show them how much we appreciate them! If you're unable to be separated from your dog for extended periods of time, this program is not right for you! 

  7. Pennybacker Doodles retains legal ownership of the dog until his or her "retirement" when the dog is spayed or neutered at our cost. 


Ready for the next step?

-Please send us an email or text telling us more about your family life and why you think you would like to be a part of our guardian program.

-If we feel like it will be a good match, we will reach out to speak more and to schedule a time for your entire family to meet our puppy.

-Still onboard? Then contracts are signed and you will take your new puppy home!

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