Violet is now retired and in her amazing forever home

with the Hinz family; living the life of leisure and 

being their Number 1 ‘Chill Dog’!

Cottonwood Sunshine's Guardian Family the Monroe's!

Meet Terry, Kristi, Breana, Meghan and 'Skittles'.

Sunshine is one lucky dog to have joined the Monroe family! Thanks for all the love and care you give our sweet Sunshine!

Guardian Homes

A guardian home is a local family who is a forever home for one of the dogs in our breeding program. Guardian homes allow our breeding dogs to live with families and not in kennels as our program grows. We are a small breeding program and can only fit so many dogs on our laps! 

Our breeding program is designed around our ability to utilize guardian homes for our breeding dogs. The program is designed this way to benefit everyone, especially and most importantly the dogs, who are raised in a home with a family instead of a kennel. Guardian homes are meant to be permanent so that the dog does not need to go through a stressful re-homing. 

Cottonwood Labradoodles retains the ownership and breeding rights while the dog lives with a family. Transfer of ownership will happen once the dog has finished her breeding career. We want all of our dogs to be in a loving home with the opportunity to be the beloved companion of their family. It is a positive relationship for all. All of our dogs in guardian homes will most likely be females. Some may be adult dogs and others may be puppies. Females will have 2 to 4 litters (at the sole discretion of Cottonwood Labradoodles) with their first litter occurring around two years of age. When the guardian dog comes in season the guardian families will contact us immediately. Most intact females will have a heat cycle every 6 months which lasts roughly 14 to 21 days. Once in heat, we will need access to the guardian dog for breeding related appointments. After she is bred, she will remain with the guardian family until one week before pups are due. At this time, she will come and stay with us until pups are born and fully weaned, and then return to the guardian family after about 8 weeks. 

Guardian families are welcome and encouraged to visit their guardian dog with scheduled visits while residing with us. Guardian families are responsible for normal routine care and veterinary care including but not limited to training, socialization, monthly heartworm prevention, flea and tick prevention, annual vaccines, feeding a high quality dog food, grooming and lots of love and affection.

Essentially, these are the same responsibilities families would have for their own dog. Cottonwood Labradoodles pays for all breeding related expenses. As an added benefit for the guardian family, and depending on our schedule we may provide care for your dog while on vacation. Probably the most exciting aspect of being a guardian is you know you have the ‘pick of the litter’ which is the best of the best from Cottonwood Labradoodles. And your family will have the experience and enjoyment of seeing your dog become a mother to some beautiful puppies who will bring happiness to other families. We will ask you to visit our home periodically to ensure the dog is comfortable when she comes for breeding & whelping. You will also be responsible for sending pictures and updates periodically for our website. 

Requirements / Responsibilities

​​* Live within 30 miles from Cottonwood Labradoodles

* Own your home;

* Fenced yard (preferably a physical fence);

* Flexible schedule (work at home, dog goes to work with you, etc - no more than 4 hours alone);

* Routine Veterinary care (see above list)

* Keep female dog away from intact males when in season;

* All dogs and pups placed in guardian homes must be ‘indoor dogs’ and not be left outside unattended.

* Not allow intact males to breed intact females;

* Training – a puppy/dog obedience class and preferably Canine Good Citizen (CGC);

* Socialization of the puppy/dog;

* Notify us immediately when dog is in season;

* Visit our home periodically to ensure the dog is comfortable when she comes for breeding & whelping;

* A willingness to accept and follow breeder’s recommendations for basic health care and veterinary care;

* Sending pictures and updates periodically for our website;

* Bring the dog to Cottonwood Labradoodles as needed for health testing, breeding and whelping, or allow us to pick up.

* Be screened and interviewed by the breeder of Cottonwood Labradoodles

The cost of a dog in our guardian program is a much reduced pet puppy price of $500. The full price of our pet puppies is $2,500. The cost will be refunded with a portion from each litter produced by the dog. If the dog’s temperament or health testing doesn’t meet the standards for our breeding program, we will pay to have the dog spayed and she will become your dog much earlier.

If you are interested in learning more about being a part of our guardian program, Please fill out an application on our website under Request a Puppy and submit it to us. We will then contact you to discuss this more in detail and to let you know our current and future availability.

So pleased to have such an amazing Guardian Home

for our up and coming new breeder from

Cottonwood’s Honey/Bruno litter born January 4, 2016.

Meet the Jost Family, Bruce, Kimberlee, Talia, Ella and Cottonwood's Pippa! They've already completed two Puppy Classes

with Pippa and will begin Obedience class in August.

They love her so much; (Kimberlee tells me this often), and I know they are providing the best care, love, and socialization a pup could ever have!