UPDATE: Loki is happily settled in his new home on Daniel Island, SC with his three (3) human siblings. If you would like to get notified of future Guardian Home opportunities, please review this earlier blog post and submit an application.
Lord Reddy (aka "Loki") is a beautiful purebred red Poodle who won Best Puppy in Show in Europe before joining our breeding program. Loki's full adult weight is 13 lbs. and he is about 14 inches tall. He is 1.5 years old and is imported from Europe where his parents hold Championship titles. In Europe he was considered a Dwarf Poodle, but in the US he falls in the Miniature Poodle category. Loki is fully house trained and has an understanding of basic commands. He also walks beautifully on a leash and love to fetch his tennis ball. Loki is registered with the FCI (Federation Cynoloqique International) and is completing his AKC registry. Loki will serve as a stud in our program for Cavapoos. He will also be offered as a stud for local poodle litters.
Loki has been with us for about a month while he had all of his required health testing for breeding and acclimated to the US. We are now ready to find Loki permanent placement in a Guardian Home where he can be someone's cherished pet. Because Loki has been in our family for a while, we have had the time to identify what type of family he would be suitable for. Here is Loki's wish list for the perfect family:
If you are interested in becoming a Guardian Home for Loki, please make sure you have read our post on Guardian Homes and filled out the application. Please include "Loki" in your application. Any suitable applicants will be contacted by phone and/or email for a follow-up interview.
Consumers have become increasingly aware that the best puppies come from reputable breeders whose dogs are part of the family. Most people are not morally comfortable purchasing a dog from a puppy mill or puppy store, not only because the puppy is not properly socialized before purchase, but also because of the deplorable breedings and health conditions in which the parents are forced to live. Similarly, the idea of dogs left alone in large kennels has become unattractive. This leaves reputable breeders in a predicament as to how to make sure their animals have the best possible lives while also maintaining diversity and high standards for their breeding program. One solution many breeders rely on is the use of Guardian Homes.
Simply put, a Guardian Home is the placement of a male or female dog that will be used to breed in the home of someone other than the breeder. This helps the breeder accomplish several goals:
For Guardian Families, this is a great way to enjoy a pick of the litter puppy without the price. These programs often offer retirees, those who can't afford the purebred dog of their dreams or families who just love puppies a chance to experience the joys of breeding without all of the costs, liabilities and hassles of puppy sales. Think you might make a good Guardian Home? Here are some requirements most reputable breeders will have:
Another reminder, if you are in love with hybrids then a Guardian Home program will likely not be an option. Many people forget that to breed F1 hybrids the breeder owns the purebred parents and sells the hybrids. For example, as much as we LOVE LOVE LOVE our Cavachons we don't keep them in our breeding program - only purebred Cavaliers and purebred Bichons are used in our program and therefore those are the types of dogs placed in Guardian Homes.
We hope this post has explained more about the opportunity to serve as a Guardian Home. If you have an interest in learning more about our Charleston based Guardian Home program, please complete the online application.
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