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Guardian Home Opportunity's

What is a Guardian Home?

Our breeding program is honored to work with guardian homes for our breeding dogs, either from puppy or as a young adult after training and health checked. This program is  designed this way to benefit everyone, especially and most importantly the dogs, who are raised on a home and have a family. Guardian homes are meant to be permanent so that the dog does not need to go through rehoming.

Australian Shepherds are social animals and thrive in a social family atmosphere.

I believe that all my dogs/pups should live a life as someone’s beloved furry family member. My Breeding dogs live in my home as my family pets and in the homes of local Guardian Families. This partnership with my Guardian Families allows me to insure first and foremost that every dog/pup is healthy and happy with their very own families and Sparkling Cross puppies are able to have a Breeding Program in a home environment without utilizing a less than family-oriented environment for our dogs such as a kennel environment.

My Guardian Families get the very best that we have to offer in the Australian Shepherd “Breed.” This means that I choose my breeding dogs based on the very best qualities that are outlined in my breed standards, temperament, physical conformation, genetics, coloring, etc. Another major benefit my Guardian Families receive is a completely health tested family pet for FREE. My Guardian Families get to enjoy the excitement of being a part of my breeding program and seeing Sparkling Cross Aussies pups being placed with families across the country bringing others the same joy and happiness that they have received from their Guardian pups.

To be considered as a Guardian Home, I require that you live within a 100-mile commute of my home in Milton-Freewater, Oregon. It is necessary that you have physical or approved invisible fencing to provide a safe and secure environment for the Guardian dog/pup and have a schedule that will allow for your dog to NOT be left alone for extended periods of time. All dogs/pups placed with Guardian Families MUST live indoors, and never be left outside unattended. Guardian Families must have reliable transportation, and a willingness to bring the dog to us when needed throughout the year.




  •  Guardian must live within a 120-mile commute of breeder's home in Milton-Freewater, Oregon (**Exceptions may be made if guardian is willing to drive to us regularly!)

  • Legal ownership of the dog (microchip #_____________) remains with the breeder until the dog has produced appropriate number of litters (less for females, more for males) at which time the dog will be spayed or neutered at the expense of the breeder. Full ownership of the dog will then be transferred to the guardian.

  • Guardian has no right to puppies produced by this dog or to semen produced by the dog.

  • No Intact Male or Female Dogs

  • MUST Have Fenced Yard, Own a call, and own a home (no Renting)

  • Must Be 3 hours From Milton-Freewater, OR

  • Have Previous Dog Experience

  • Be ok with Crate Training

  • Would like some References if possible.




Being a guardian home for my breeding puppies has many perks, as well as responsibilities. I strive for a mutually beneficial relationship between myself and my guardian homes. You will receive one of the best puppies I can produce or a 'pick of the litter' puppy from another breeder from which I purchase the puppy. I look for quality structures, coats, and personalities in all the dogs I buy to become one of our breeding dogs. Also, I do provide lifetime support for each of these puppies as I want them to be the best they can be. Also, since I do require you to live within 100 miles of our home in Milton-Freewater, OR, I extend an offer for the dog to stay at my home when the family goes out of town and needs to have the dog boarded. This helps me, the guardian dog, and my dogs, to be familiar with one another when it comes time to breed or whelp a litter. Also, when the dog has whelped or fathered an appropriate number of litters, they will be spayed or neutered at no cost to you.




Though many of the requirements I have for guardian home candidates are similar to that of regular purchasers, there are a few additions and added responsibilities. Please review the requirements below:

  • Provide the dog with a safe and loving home, including but not limited to:

  • Containing the dog in a fenced-in yard or on a leash

  • Provide adequate exercise for the dog to prevent issues such as hip dysplasia

  • Train the dog on basic commands (sit, stay, wait, etc.) or attend obedience classes

  • Housebreaking

  • Feeding the dog, a brand of dog food approved by us

  • Do not allow him/her to become overweight

  • Keep dog socialized with dogs and people of different ages and sizes

  • Keep the dog clean and well-groomed

  • Provide the dog with basic veterinary care, including but not limited to:

  • Yearly wellness visits and vaccines

  • Any medical issues the dog may have which are NOT related to breeding

  • Emergency vet costs (NOT related to breeding)

  • Keeping dog on monthly, year-round preventative medications against heartworms, fleas, and ticks.

  • Notify breeder immediately when the female dog has come into her estrus cycle and be prepared to meet breeder upon request when dog is needed for breeding purposes.

  • For female breeding dogs, keep all unapproved intact male dogs away from her when she is in season. For males, keep females who are in season away to prevent accidental breeding's.

  • If guardian family goes on vacation or out of town for any reason and dog is not sent to breeder's home for duration of the vacation, contact information for kennel and/or pet sitter should be given to breeder before guardian family departs.

  • If dog does not pass certain health tests and is deemed by breeder to be unfit to reproduce, the dog will then be spayed or neutered at the expense of the breeder. Guardian will not be required to pay any fee for the dog in this event.

  • Guardian agrees to maintain this contract even if they relocate out of the area, including flying the dog back to the breeder at the expense of the guardian.

  • Guardian agrees to keep in close contact with breeder, regularly sending photos of dog and gives clearance to breeder to use any photos sent for marketing purposes (social media, website, etc.)

  • Deliver dog to vet appointments for breeding purposes at times breeder is out of town. Will be set up at least 48 hours in advance.

  • Should the dog die early of natural causes, this contract shall terminate. If the dog dies while in possession of the breeder, dog shall be replaced with a puppy from Sparkling Cross Aussies puppies next available litter.

  • If at any time the breeder finds the guardian to be non-compliant, the dog shall return to breeder immediately and the contract is voided.

  • If the dog is altered OR bred purposefully without written consent of the breeder, guardian will owe breeder a sum of $30,000. Any legal costs involved with obtaining this payment will also be paid by guardian.

  • Allow dog to make regular visits to breeder's home and/or visit with other members of Sparkling Cross Aussies pup’s family.




  • Provide guardian with a healthy puppy.

  • Pay any veterinary costs associated with breeding, including but not limited to:

  • Progesterone testing

  • Cytology's

  • Ultrasounds/Radiographs

  • Necessary Health Testing/Genetic Testing

  • Spay or neuter the dog when they are deemed no longer needed for breeding, be it because of age or health standards required for breeding.

  • Provide lifetime support for the dog.

  • Try to board dog at my home when guardian family is out of town.

  • Assist guardian with detecting and caring for a female dog in estrus cycle or pregnant.

  • If guardian dog is a dog bred by Sparkling Cross Aussies puppies and it is determined that it shall be spayed or neutered before being bred, breeder will comply with health contract given with each of my puppies.

  • Sparkling Cross Aussies will turn over ownership at the termination of the dog being used for breeding purposes at no cost to the guardian home and at that point all previous responsibilities of Sparkling Cross Aussies will become void.

Message us TODAY if you are interested in being a Guardian Home for Sparkling Cross Mini Aussies!

**Please Fill Out Contract and email back to me once discussed**

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