Guardian Program

Guardian Families

Guardian homes are the extended family of Van Isle Labradoodles. When you become a guardian home one of our puppies or adult dogs comes to live with you forever. We develop a close relationship with our Guardians and work together during a dog's short breeding career. Litters are born and cared for at our house while the dog lives with you the rest of the time.

What is a Guardian Family? 

It is important that our dogs each have a loving and caring family to call their own, but we also need to have the highest quality genetic diversity for our breeding program to be successful. Once the breeding career of the dog is complete, the dog will be neutered/spayed at our expense, full ownership
transferred to you and your initial investment returned as a thank you from us.

Australian Labradoodles are an incredibly social breed of dog.  Doodles live primarily for time with their humans and suffer when they are not able to receive regular one on one time with their family members.

As Australian Labradoodle breeders, we are very sensitive to just how much time we are able to devote to the adult dogs who live with us.  This must be balanced with our desire to continue to develop and improve our breeding program and thus further enhance the Australian Labradoodle breed overall.  While it would be wonderful to be able to keep all our dogs at home with us, we recognize this is not in the dogs’ best interests as we could not possibly provide an unlimited number of dogs with adequate devotion and attention.  We do not wish to operate as a kennel and quite honestly feel that kennel operations are adverse to the best interests of any labradoodle.  This is where a guardian home comes into play. 


What Gaurdian Families Have to say...

As Oceana's guardians we have had the opportunity to work with Claire and Renald over the last few months. We both appreciate how dedicated they are to improving the Australian labradoodle breed. They do this with love and care---the welfare of the dogs and puppies is paramount with them. Each time we leave Oceana with Claire and Renald we know that Oceana will be treated like royalty. Being a guardian is a big responsibility and must be taken seriously. Claire and Renald make this process easier because of the hands on support and guidance they provide.    

Pat and Terry

Claire and Renald are passionate about their beautiful labradoodles and are dedicated to their best interest, the care and attention received is impeccable. During the time we were guardians and to this day we have been treated like family. They're a responsible breeder and are well connected within the breeding community. Becoming a guardian family was a wonderful choice for us, not only do we have the BEST dog ever, we also have a fabulous extended family in Van Isle Labradoodle's for her to stay with when we're away. Thank you Claire and Renald!

Lori P

How Does it Work?

As a Guardian Family you will essentially partner with Van Isle Labradoodles for a contracted period of time which is generally five years.  We hand select the top prospect from a litter in terms of conformation and temperament and then match the puppy to a Guardian Family just as we match all of our puppies with their forever families.  A puppy placed into a Guardian Family is that family’s puppy for life!  The monetary arrangement for being a Guardian family is different than that of a companion puppy purchase in order to provide compensation to the Guardian Family for partnering with us.

What are the Costs?

The cost of a Guardian Labradoodle puppy from Van Isle Labradoodles is a depsit in the amount of $1,500.00 rather than the $2,750.00 for a companion puppy.  Once the puppy is about 6 months old we begin the process of doing formal health testing on the puppy (all testing costs are covered by Van Isle) to determine if the puppy is suitable as a breeding dog.  Provided the puppy passes all of the health testing then when the puppy is past his/her first birthday they then begin their breeding career.  Once the dog is retired from their breeding career, Van Isle Doodles then refunds the $1,500.00 deposit.  In essence, a Guardian Family does not pay for their puppy.  Van Isle Labradoodles will be responsible for the cost of spaying or neutering a Guardian Family dog at the end of their breeding career.  Van Isle will also be responsible for any and all costs associated with breeding and the Guardian Family will be responsible for all of the usual costs of a companion dog such as vaccinations, food and so forth.

What is Required?

  • You must live within a 2 hour drive from Duncan, BC
  • You must own your own home and declare you have no intention of relocating more than 2 hours from Duncan for the next 5 years or until the contract has been concluded
  • Your property is fully and securely fenced
  • There is at least one adult person who is at home with the dog on a full-time basis or adequate arrangements are in place for a dog nanny or doggie daycare
  • You complete at least 2 basic training courses with the dog
  • You keep the dog groomed as per our instructions
  • You feed the dog the same food as we feed our dogs
  • You remain in regular monthly contact with us via email, text or telephone
  • You maintain the dog’s vaccinations, pest control and other health care as we require
  • You bring the dog to spend the day with us once every 6 weeks at a mutually convenient time in order for the dog to be comfortable and familiar with our home and avoid any issues when the dog is brought here for breeding purposes. If you wish to coordinate these visits with trips or other obligations, we are more than happy to keep the dog with us overnight or for two nights at no charge to you. Indeed, we would prefer to have the dog come and spend a couple of nights with us but we also do not wish to deprive you of your dog’s company more than is necessary.

If you have a female, we also are happy to keep your dog with us while she is in season if you would prefer not to deal with that aspect of things.  Again, there is no charge for this.  Similarly, if you go away on vacation and are not taking your dog with you then we will welcome your dog to come and stay with the Van Isle Doodle crew at no charge. 

At this time we are actively seeking Guardian Families for both mini and medium sized females and males in 2017