Guardian Home


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Timshell Farm’s Guardian Home Program - An Overview

Timshell Farm’s Guardian Home ProgramHow does a responsible, caring breeder work to provide loving families with great puppies and at the same time, give the breeding, parent dogs a great life? Our answer is to allow some of our breeding female dogs to leave us and become part of another family’s life and home, then return to us to be bred and again when it’s time to give birth to the puppies.

The female parent dog gets to be a companion/pet and have the happiness of being part of a family and home – and great puppies get raised. This breeding/parent dog lives in their forever home, grows up, is trained, is well socialized, loved and cared for and is part of the family. What could be better? The Guardian Family has the opportunity to have a truly wonderful dog at no cost, in exchange for working with us for a limited number of litters. The Guardian Family is paid $500 for each litter during the contract period.  It’s a total “win” for everyone, the parent dog, the Guardian Family, and Timshell Farm! 

Timshell Farm’s Guardian Home ProgramThis wonderful plan is used by many breeders and is often called a foster or “Guardian Home” program.  Summarized – the breeding female lives with her adoptive family and returns to us for breeding when in season, then again to deliver the puppies. The female stays with us for 10-14 days during her heat cycle, to be bred. Then, she returns to whelp (deliver) the puppies a week before they are due, staying with us until the puppies are weaned (about 6-7 weeks total). We work with our Guardian Homes using a simple contract and we provide support and guidance all along the way, staying in contact through the year. At the end of the Guardian Home Family contract, the female dog belongs 100% to the Guardian Family. 

Timshell Farm is happy to provide loving, responsible families with the opportunity to have a fabulous female at a low cost, in return for (limited) breeding privileges. Below is a summary of how it works and what’s expected of the Guardian Home family. At the end of this information you will find click-on boxes for the Guardian Family Application and the Guardian Family Contract. 

Timshell Farm’s Guardian Home ProgramAll are welcome to send in a Guardian Family Application – please note that we are very selective and only highly qualified families will be approved to foster our breeding mother dogs. After reviewing the application, we will set up a telephone interview and will conduct a home visit. Our breeding program depends on the quality of care provided by our guardian families – we expect the best home life possible for our dogs. 

Guardian Home families must live in Arizona, in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, Payson, Pine, Strawberry, Prescott, Camp Verde, Cottonwood areas…. And family must be willing to meet us half-way driving to get the dog to and from our house during breeding and whelping periods.

Guardian Family Basic Requirements

Guardian Family (GF) receives puppy from Timshell Farm designated for the GF program. GF agrees to provide veterinary care for the dog, with regular vet visits. GF is responsible for medical/veterinary care for the dog, for immunizations, heartworm preventative treatments, flea/tick preventative treatments, rabies immunizations and any/all other health care issues, associated costs and recordkeeping. GF is responsible for obedience training. GF agrees to return the dog to Timshell Farm for 7-10 days during heat cycle for breeding, and then will take her back home. GF returns the dog to Timshell Farm for delivery of litter and until puppies are weaned, total time about 6-7 weeks. The GF dog will be bred for a certain number of litters, according to the contract. At the end of the contract period, Timshell Farm will pay for spaying. GF is responsible for all vet costs, food, veterinary treatments and costs just as if the dog were purchased and owned outright by the family. 

If at any time the program does not work out for the GF, Timshell Farm will take the dog back. Until the end of the contract period, the dog belongs to us! After the end of the contract, the dog is 100% owned by the Guardian Family.

Guardian Family Qualifications

  • Previous dog experience
  • Must own and live in a home with fully fenced yard
  • Must keep the dog on a leash or in fenced area
  • Must be willing to train the dog basic obedience commands
  • Must ensure the puppy is socialized with humans and other animals
  • Must provide appropriate veterinary or emergency care when needed
  • Must feed the dog a high-end, grain-free, quality food
  • Must be able to identify onset of heat cycle and notify breeder
  • Must not allow female in heat near intact males
  • Must not allow female to breed with any dog
  • Must communicate, cooperate and coordinate with the breeder regarding breeding, whelping and all aspects of dog care. 

Timshell Farm’s Guardian Home Program


Click below to fill out and submit the application form. We will reply once we receive your completed form.


Click HERE for the Guardian Home Application form.



Click below to read the basic contract we have with our Guardian Families (this contract may differ slightly, depending on the age of the puppy and other factors).


Click HERE to download the Guardian Home Contract.
(Contract Version 5-23-15 -:- MS Word '.doc' format)