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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 the pick of the litter!

  2. Guardians only pay a $500 enrollment fee to be in the program, even though our dogs are worth thousands!

  3. We gift our guardian families cash $$$ for every litter produced! We raise ALL the puppies! 

  4. Guardians qualify for discounted preventative vet care at Squaw Peak Animal Hospital.

  5. We pay for your first training class at the Zoom Room OR with Dianne Keck of Neuro Dog Training. 

  6. We will pay for training classes to get your dog Canine Good Citizen Titled

  7. We pay for your dog to be thoroughly health tested (DNA, OFAs, PennHIP, etc).

  8. We pay to spay or neuter your dog after his/her "retirement".


  1. Must live in the Phoenix area and not plan to move out of area for 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, know basic obedience commands, and be kept well groomed. Poodles & doodles need to be professionally groomed and clipped a MINIMUM of every 6 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 be committed to and willing to train basic obedience (ex. sit, down, stay, no jumping up, no mouthing) and provide appropriate socialization experiences between the ages 2-18 months of age. 

  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 total. If you're unable to be separated from your dog for extended periods of time, this program is not right for you! 
    For males, we only need him for a of couple hours, several times per year, but you must have a flexible schedule!

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

Next steps: 

  1. Fill out questionnaire below 

  2. Meet for in person interview

  3. Review contract and agree to terms 

  4. Pay $500 guardian program fee

  5. Take home your new family member! 

Interested in being a Guardian Home?

Preferred Breed(s)
Preferred Gender

Thanks for submitting!

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