Are you interested in becoming a guardian home for one of our Danes? Please read the following.
Becoming a guardian home gives you the opportunity to have one of our puppies or young adults as a family pet, at a reduced price, while he/she remains in our program. PotterDane Cross Country Kennel will retain ALL rights to the dog.
As a guardian home you will be responsible for everyday expenses of owning a dog including annual exams, vaccines, food and ect. We will be responsible for all breeding related cost including health testing.
Becoming a guardian home is not for everybody. You must be willing and able to follow these requirements:
* Live within 2 hours of us.
*Have previous experience with dogs.
*Be willing to teach basic obedience such as sit, down, stay, come and leave it.
*Be willing to socialize the dog. This is VERY IMPORTANT.
*Only feed a food that is approved by PDK.
*All other dogs in the home must be spayed or neutered.
*Provide regular exercise and enrichment.
*Be willing to let us, the breeder, visit your home.
*Contact us immediately in the event of a serious illness or injury.
*Send us a copy of all vet visits.
*Provide veterinary care when needed.
*Preference will be given to homes who are willing to show and/or compete with the dog.
*Must NOT allow the dog to breed without our permission.
*Be willing to allow the dog to return to us for breeding and welping.
*Communicate with us, the breeder, about scheduling testing, mating, welping and anything related to breeding.
If you are a guardian home for a male dog, you must make the dog available for breeding. No breeding will occur at your house. The dog must be able to return to us for breeding. Depending on logistics he may need to stay with us for a few days.
If you are a guardian home for a female dog, you must contact us immediately when she goes into heat. An intact female has a heat cycle that lasts between 10 and 21 days every 6 to 8 months. She will come to us for 5 to 7 days while she is being bred. She will return to and remain with the guardian home during her pregnancy (a dog’s gestation period is 63 days). A week before her due date she will come back to us to deliver her puppies. The pups and mamma will all remain with us while she raises and weans them. She will return to the guardian home after the pups are weaned (6-8 weeks old). You are welcome to schedule a visit while she is with us to see her and play with the puppies. Guardian homes will be compensated once the puppies go to their new homes.
Guardian pups/dogs may come available at any age, but will most likely be around 8 weeks old. During the first year we will have most, but not all, of his/her health testing completed. Once we receive the test results, we will decide whether or not the guardian dog will officially enter our breeding program. If the dog does not pass testing or it is decided that he/she will not be added to our program, the guardian family will be offered full ownership of the dog and he/she will be neutered/spayed at the breeder’s expense.
If you are receiving a Guardian Home Pup or Young Adult, we will require visits to the guardian’s home every few months during the first year to assess the pup, as well as, build a relationship with him/her for the future.
Each guardian contract is individualized to the family and the breeder’s needs.
If you are interested in becoming a guardian home for one of our dogs, please send us a message through the “Contact Us” page. We look forward to hearing from you.