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So, what Is a Guardian Home?


Guardian Families get a “pick of the litter” puppy, to become a permanent member of their family, while breeding rights are retained by Blackwater Doodles. Once your dog’s breeding career has been completed, she or he will be spayed/neutered at guardians' expense, and full ownership will be given to the Guardian Family and the dog will remain your forever pet.


Science (and common sense) has shown that happy, secure dogs produce happy, secure puppies. Therefore, it is imperative to us that Guardian Families are very engaged with their dogs and provide an optimal environment.


The Guardian Program involves the Guardian Family receiving the pick of the litter puppy that has been raised on a puppy curriculum that is free of charge to the family.


We only place a few puppies a year into Guardian homes, so please understand that this is not a common option.

What are the Requirements of being a Guardian Home?

There are several requirements for a Guardian Home.

  • Families must live within 120 minutes of Amarillo, TX (closer the better)

  • Home ownership strongly preferred

  • Safe and adequate fencing and home environment

  • Experience owning a dog, and preferably, experience raising a puppy

  • A lifestyle that permits the dog to have regular, quality companionship and flexibility to allow for breeding events

  • Agreement to make the dog an indoor member of the family, and never to allow the dog to live outdoors or in a kennel, or spend more than minimal time in an unsupervised outdoor environment, or be kenneled regularly.

  • Willingness to feed a diet and supplements approved by Blackwater Doodles

  • Willingness to provide proper prenatal care and environment for pregnant dogs

  • Proper exercise, socialization, and training for the dog

  • Guardians must be willing to train the puppy either at home or in a class for basic and advanced obedience and puppy must be able to pass the AKC canine good citizenship test by one year of age.

  • Guardians must ensure the puppy is socialized to adults, children and other animals – VERY IMPORTANT

  • Guardians must provide appropriate veterinary or emergency care when needed

  • Guardian homes will have the dog groomed every 6-8 weeks to maintain a healthy, well-cared for coat

  • Willingness to have a dog that will be needed for breeding. For a female dog, this involves having the dog stay with us for breeding (usually a few days) and then whelping and puppy raising (minimum of 6-8 weeks). Females may have 1-4 litters, and no more than 4. For males, this involve bringing the dog for breedings as needed and within 48 hours notice.

  • Willingness to allow us to visit your home and the dog and to allow the dog to stay with us a few times a year to ensure she or he remains comfortable with us.

  • Willingness to be very communicative with us about the dog, your schedule, and other related items.

  • Guardians must communicate, cooperate and coordinate with the breeder regarding testing, mating, whelping, and other breeding related activities

  • There may be times we ask you to travel to us for breeding's or other situations.

If you are interested in being a Guardian Home please fill out an Application

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