Here at Cottonwood Creek Doodles we strive to provide only the best for our adult breeding dogs who serve as loving members of our family. To ensure we are able to give these dogs the best possible home life while being able to expand and produce the best possible puppies, we like to limit the number of dogs we have living in our home. We are now offering a guardian program where qualified families will receive a FREE puppy/dog while we retain the breeding rights.


Guardian families are expected to properly care for their new puppy/dog physically and financially. We will cover all costs associated to breeding and care for/own all litters produced by guardian family dogs. Basically, you will get an adorable dog to add to your family at no cost, and we get to use him/her in our breeding program. Pretty simple! Guardian dogs will remain your forever family pet but will come to us every so often to sire/whelp their litters. 





*Guardian families must have*

-A fenced yard

-Previous experience with owning a dog or have adequate knowledge on caring for a dog 


*Guardian families must be able to*

-Provide a puppy/dog with proper health care, nutrition, and exercise

-Properly train (both professionally and at home) and socialize a puppy/dog with appropriate tools and methods 

-Keep up with grooming (both professionally and at home) including regular brushing/bathing


*Guardian families must live in Utah no more than 60 miles outside of SLC*        


Owning a female guardian dog:

Once your dog is of age, has passed all of her health testing, and is ready to breed (typically on the second heat cycle) we will have your dog over for a few days during the breeding process and later, for the duration of whelping her litter. After your dog has been bred she will return to her guardian family who will care for her during her pregnancy. She will then come back to us a week before she is due to whelp her litter. Once old enough, female dogs will spend at least 6-8 weeks per year in our care to whelp, raise, and wean their puppies (guardian families are always welcome to visit). Guardians must be able to detect a heat cycle and keep females away from intact male dogs during this time. Females retire at around the age of 4-6 (typically after having 3-4 litters), after retirement the female will be spayed and continue to live the remainder of her life with her guardian family. 


Owning a male guardian dog:

Once your dog is of age, has passed all of his health testing, and is ready to breed (whenever he has matured) our male dogs will spend a few days with us at a time when needed during breeding, typically a few times a year. Guardians must be able to keep male dogs away from intact female dogs in heat. Males retire at around the age of 5-7, after retirement the male will be neutered and continue to live the remainder of his life with his guardian family.  



Other requirements:


-For Doodles: We ask that you let the puppy’s coat grow out until around 6-12 months, although hair around the face, on the belly, and under the tail must be kept trimmed. Brushing and bathing should be done regularly.


-For Standard Poodles: Hair should be trimmed as needed in a maintainable poodle trim. Hair around the face, on the belly, and under the tail must be kept trimmed..

-For Bernese Mountain Dogs and Australian Shepherd: Brushing and bathing should be done regularly. NO SHAVING!

-We ask that you allow us to make arrangements to pick up the puppy/dog throughout various stages in its life to get photos taken to display on our website/social media channels.

-Guardian dogs are to be kept on a healthy diet at all times including feeding our chosen food brand and any required supplements. 

-Guardian families are required to take their puppy/dog to the vet for its annual vaccines and whenever else needed (aside from breeding related visits).

-Guardian dogs will keep their given name although you may have as many nicknames for them as you like. Guardian dogs must respond to their given name which is not be changed. 



We will be looking for guardian homes for Doodles in 2020!

If you are interested in becoming a part of our guardian program please fill out an application below: