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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! The guardian home program benefits both the dog, the guardian home family, and the breeder!



  1. You get one of our BEST puppies, typically our pick of the litter, for free!

  2. We gift our guardian families cash for each litter produced, typically $100 for papas and $500 for mamas! We raise and care for all of the puppies.

  3. We will pay for your first training class with Dianne Keck of Neuro Dog Training,  as well as your first puppy preschool class at the Zoom Room! 

  4. We will pay for 5 weeks of training classes when your puppy is 1 year old if you choose to get him/her Canine Good Citizen Titled!

  5. We pay for your dog to be thoroughly health tested (DNA, OFAs, PennHIP), as well as the cost of all health care related to breeding. 

  6. We offer discounts on annual vaccinations and routine veterinary care. 

  7. We pay to spay or neuter your dog at his/her "retirement". 


  1. Guardians must live within an hour's drive from our home in New River and not plan to move out of area for at least the next 5 years. 

  2. You cannot own another intact dog of the opposite sex. Neutered and spayed dogs are totally OK!

  3. The dog must dwell primarily indoors, be kept up to date on vaccines, free of parasites, and be kept 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 and grooming. 

  5. Must commit to and complete our 4 month S.M.A.R+.T. puppy training and socialization program with trainer, Dianne Keck. 

  6. For female dogs, the family must be willing to have the dog live with us for up to 9 weeks to whelp and nurse her puppies. Our goal for most females is to have 3 to 4 litters. If you're unable to be separated from your dog for extended periods of time, this program is not right for you. Guardian families are allowed to visit weekly once the pups are 2 weeks of age. This is a great way for our pups to get socialization!  
    For males, we may only need him for a couple of hours or a couple of days at a time, but this can be several times per year, which requires a flexible schedule! For males and females, guardians are responsible for all transportation to/from veterinary appointments, breedings, etc. 

  7. Sonoran Standard retains legal ownership of the dog until his or her "retirement" and spay or neuter. 

Available for Guardian Home

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