What is a Guardian Program?
A guardian arrangement is a contract between yourself and Burrinjuck Labradoodles. The cost of the guardian program is $700.
What does the Guardian Program entail?
Under a guardian arrangement, the care and responsibilities of pet ownership would belong to you for the lifetime of the puppy/dog. Burrinjuck retain the exclusive breeding rights for the guardian dog for 3 litters (females) and for 5 years (males). All money from puppies belong to Burrinjuck. After the completion of your contract we would have your dog spayed/neutered at our expense.
We have a strong preference for families to be located within our local region of North East Victoria. We do have some flexibility to accomodate families located in Melbourne or surrounding areas, provided families are willing to commit to our breeding program. It would be necessary for potential Guardian owners to to be flexible with travel or making arrangements for the dog to return to Burrinjuck when necessary.
We do not usually begin breeding from girls until around 18 months to 2 years. Typically, we would aim to have a litter per year over a 3 year period.
Girls would need to return to Burrinjuck, while we join her with the stud of choice. Sometimes the new mums stay with us at Burrinjuck for 6 wks, or so while raising her puppies. Other families actually request for their dog to remain in their family home to give birth. Where this is feasible, we do encourage this option. It is less stressful for the new Mumma if she is able to remain in a familiar environment to give birth. We are also open to Guardian Families having the puppies stay with them for a period of time (up to 6 weeks after birth). At 6 weeks, we separate Mum from her puppies to complete the weaning process and puppies return to Burrinjuck to commence training and receive their veterinary health check.
A female dog will generally begin to cycle between 6 months and 9 months of age. Each season will likely last two weeks. Most females will repeat a season every 6 to 9 months. Larger dogs may only cycle every 9 months. Smaller dogs tend to cycle every 6 months
For boys, we consider maturity to be from 12 months onwards. In general, we use the boys a couple of times per year however there is not a set number of stud duties per year. It really depends on our breeding needs at the time. To complete a successful mating cycle involves 3 visits by the female over a period of about a week. We may need to house the boy at our property for between one to two weeks each time a girl comes into season. Occasionally it might be necessary to take him to the vets for breeding purposes.
Advantages of the Guardianship Program
There are many advantages to becoming a part of our fabulous Burrinjuck Guardian Community. We select and retain the very best dogs for our Guardian Program. We assess for the best temperaments and retain puppies that have the most appealing colours and markings. You can be reassured that our most valuable lines are the dogs that we offer through a Guardian arrangement.
Our pet puppies range in price between $3300 and $3850. The cost of adopting a Burrinjuck puppy through our Guardian Program is only $700. It is a wonderful opportunity to adopt a premium puppy at such an affordable price.
Another highlight often mentioned by our Guardian families is the sense of community. Guardians experience a lot of pleasure from connecting with other Guardian families. Guardians may keep in touch with those families that have purchased a puppy from their dog. Facebook community groups and Group Messenger are two common modes of staying in touch.
And last but not least, who can resist the joy of puppies. It is so rewarding to be a part of bringing so much happiness into people’s lives. Our dogs make a positive impact on the quality of lives for so many people.
Current Guardian Opportunities
D.O.B: 7th December 2023
Take Home: 1st Feb 2024.
D.O.B: 7th December 2023
Take Home: 1st Feb 2024
D.O.B: 18th December 2023
Take Home: 12th Feb 2024
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
I don’t think we could be without our dog for that length of time. What are the options?
There are many ways that we can make this an enjoyable experience for all. Sometimes it is possible for the dog to have her puppies with the Guardian Family with full assistance from us. Many Guardian Families relish this experience. Especially those families with children.
Several of our Guardian Families have opted to have the puppies stay with them for the first few weeks . We support this option wherever possible.
If you do decide it is best to return the Burrinjuck Girl to our home for the whelping and while she raises her pups, your dog would stay with us for approximately 6 weeks. Guardian Families are welcome to visit their dog whenever they would like.
It may also be an opportunity to take that long awaited holiday, during your girls time with us
I don’t really want to go through the puppy stage. Do you ever Guardian older dogs?
We are looking to travel over the next few years. Do you offer boarding for your Guardian Dogs?
We offer a special discounted rate for our guardian families. Boarding rates are normally $45 per day or $300 per week however Guardians pay only $30 per day or $200 per week.
The boarding option can be a win/win as this allows us to develop a rapport with our Guardian dogs.
Guardian dogs love coming to Burrinjuck and it becomes their "home away from home".
"My husband and I have been privileged to be a part of Burrinjuck's guardian program. After losing both of our fur babies in 2021, we approach Katrina and Hamish to be guardians of a Burrinjuck Labradoodle Puppy. Lulu, (Burrinjuck Cluedo) came to us on November 10th 2021.
Both we and Katrina are in constant contact about Lulu’s progress. My husband and I are so impressed with the care, information provided to us when supporting, training and breeding Lulu.
Burrinjuck have been wonderful. Nothing is too much trouble. Katrina is an ethical breeder who takes extreme care when deciding the well-being of each dog.
If you are like us and want a fur baby without the expense of buying a pup outright, I would highly recommend considering a guardianship pup! "
"My husband and I have been privileged to be a part of Burrinjuck's guardian program. After losing both of our fur babies in 2021, we approach Katrina and Hamish to be guardians of a Burrinjuck Labradoodle Puppy. Lulu, (Burrinjuck Cluedo) came to us on November 10th 2021. Both we and Katrina are in constant contact about Lulu’s progress. My husband and I are so impressed with the care, information provided to us when supporting, training and breeding Lulu. Burrinjuck have been wonderful. Nothing is too much trouble. Katrina is an ethical breeder who takes extreme care when deciding the well-being of each dog. If you are like us and want a fur baby without the expense of buying a pup outright, I would highly recommend considering a guardianship pup! "