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Our Guardian Family Program


   As responsible caring breeders we work hard to provide the very best for our dogs. We breed for diversity, good health, temperament, train-ability, size and color variety within our breeding program. Our Guardian Dogs are placed in a loving home environments to give our breeding parent dogs a great life with a family. This gives our breeding dogs the opportunity to be raised in their forever home per the Guardian Agreement.  Guardian Family can provide the Guardian dog individual training, socialization and most importantly to be loved and cared for as part of your family, which gives us at Keepsake more opportunities to raise Great puppies. 

  What could be better? The Guardian family has the opportunity to have a wonderful companion and new family member at no cost, in exchange for working with us over the course of the Guardian Agreement. Our Guardian Families will receive benefits for being a part of Keepsake's Guardian Program. This wonderful program is used by many breeders and is often referred to as a "Guardian Home" program which is similar to a Lease Agreement, though no cash payments are made, just the fulfillment of the Guardian Agreement.  Our team at Keepsake is here to help and support you with training tips, proper nutrition - proper vaccination - worming/parasite control...

 We have 30 years of experience - including  breeding, training, behavior, 13 years as veterinary assistants, groomers, AKC Breeder-Owner handlers, AKC Breeders of Merit, 

AKC Breeders of heart, body conditioning. 

We have always been a family team here at Keepsake Goldendoodles, Bernedoodles and previously the proud owners of Monarch Havanese. Our soul devotion is now to our Goldendoodle and Bernedoodle breeding program as it was for many years to our AKC Havanese program. We proudly retired our Havanese in 2017 with a total of 18 AKC Champions.  

Robin - mom,  Jessica - daughter-in-law & Breeder Partner and Carrie - my daughter has now joined the Keepsake team in March of 2020. We welcome her back as an employee and part of the team. We also thank her for all her years service and hard work as a previous Humane Officer & Humane Technician and welcome her in continuing our journey with us to be the best, experienced and responsible breeding team we can be.

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How our Guardian Program works?

  Guardian Family (GF) receives a puppy that has been chosen for them by Keepsake for the Guardian Program. Guardian Family agrees to provide any and all veterinary care. Keepsake provides any vet care that pertains to reproductive testing and any health screening needed for breeding purposes. Guardian Dogs (GD) will be returned to Keepsake for a number of things including but not limited to, veterinary visits, health screening appointments, for short periods of time while girls are in season for progesterone testing (Ovulation testing) and breeding, stud service, whelping (girls giving birth), raising their puppies (normally until weaning, this period of time is approximately 7 to 8 weeks), short visits to continue a relationship and a growing bond with GD and us. Guardian Family agrees to provide transportation to Keepsake and/or for any necessary appointments, including breedings as needed. We do our very best to work with your families schedule. However it's not always possible.

  Guardian family must provide us with quality photos of their guardian dog to keep our website updated. Pictures need to be similar the one on our website. We're alway happy to give you tips and tricks to get good photos.

  The Guardian Agreement is for 5 years for females and 7 years for males, keep in mind that males are not used for breeding for the first time until 10-12 months of age or older and most of our females are normally bred on their second heat cycle which normally occurs around 14-18 months of age. Guardian males may be used for stud service to sire litters owned by Keepsake and to other approved breeders females. There is no set number of times that a male (Stud) will be used for breeding throughout the guardian agreement. 

  Contrary to some beliefs our Guardian stud dogs/Sire (males) or Bitches/Dams (females) are no more difficult to house train, obedience train or socialize than a spayed/neutered dog is. There are current studies that show our dogs can live healthier and longer lives when not spayed/neutered at a young age.

Hormones can play an important rule in their proper growth and development both mentally and physically. 

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Guardian Family Qualifications


  • Own your own home 

  • Dog must be supervised while leashed or in fenced yard at all times

  • Be willing to train basic commands - walk on a loose leash, sit, down, stay and come

  • Participate in approved group training classes.

  • Keep dog use to and comfortable with crate training and car rides

  • Previous dog experience helpful

  • Ensure the puppy/dog is socialized with people (of all ages) and with other animals

  • Provide appropriate Veterinary care or Emergency care if needed

  • Must feed same high quality food that we do

  • Must keep them in proper body weight and body condition

  • Must be able to identify onset of a females heat cycle and notify breeder

  • Female in heat is not to be allowed around any intact (non neutered) males

  • Not allow female to become bred to any males

  • Must be willing to communicate, cooperate and coordinate with the breeder (Keepsake)

  • Must be willing to provide Keepsake with copies of all veterinary, training, grooming records and receipts

  • May never become over or under weight, must be kept in ideal body weight.


Please call Robin 

330-620-8305  or Jessica 330-749-3269

for more information and availability.

Please feel free to ask for references from our current Guardian Families experience working with us.

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