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Guardian Home Overview


In order to give OUR breeding dogs the very best life possible, it was important to limit how many dogs we personally kept and housed. However we also understand in order to breed the highest quality dogs which is our MAIN GOAL, we also needed to keep, evaluate, and ADD quality bloodlines to our breeding program. So, how was all of this going to be possible?

For us and many other breeders like us, the solution was our Guardian Program.

Our Guardian Dog program has allowed us and other dog breeders like us to expand our dog breeding program with pride and has helped us to breed the very highest quality STANDARD POODLE puppies the right way.

As a Guardian home with us, you get a QUALITY puppy and the dog stays with you as your family member for the life of the dog as we retain all breeding rights for a certain amount of litters starting 2 years of age or their sexual maturity and ending once the female has whelped a set amount of litters and Males to be available for our breeding purposes for most of his entire life as an unaltered STUD. each guardian dog contract is unique but it's usually between 2 and 4 litters for our females depending on what we're trying to accomplish with that particular female and how well she reacts to being a Mother or around 7+ years for a male.

Our guardians are responsible for the dog’s regular health maintenance: annual exams, vaccines, food, probiotics, etc. Simply Standard Poodles would pay for any and all genetic health testing required for breeding, and all breeding-related expenses. Once the dog has passed their genetic health testing she/he is added to our breeding program. We decide when she will be bred and to whom she will be bred too, she will stay with her guardian family during her pregnancy (60-63 days) and then is returned to us at least one week before her due date to deliver (whelp) and then raise her puppies (8 weeks). Once her puppies are weaned then she's returned to her guardian family to continue her perfect life.

Males would be available for our breeding purposes for most of their life as an unaltered STUD.
When the dog is older and completes his/her breeding obligations, Simply Standard Poodles will pay for spaying/neutering and your dog comes home to enjoy the wonderful life you have provided for him/her since puppyhood. All Females in guardian homes may have up to four litters (minimum of three) prior to being spayed, usually by their 6th birthday.

There are many things that Guardian families need to be considered. Guardians of females sometimes have to deal with several heat cycles and keep their girls protected from unwanted males. The Guardian family will need to learn the signs of a heat cycle and be willing to communicate, cooperate, and coordinate with us to ensure successful breeding. Because of canine venereal diseases, male guardian dogs can only mate with approved females using the same qualifications for a female.


Qualifying to be a Guardian Home:

  • Guardians must own and live in a home with a fully fenced yard

  • Guardians must keep the dog on a leash or in a fenced area

  • Guardians must be willing to train the dog in the very basic obedience commands (off, down, sit, back, leave it, crate)

  • Guardians must ensure the puppy is socialized with adults, children, and other animals - THIS IS REALLY VITAL CRITERIA

  • Guardians must provide appropriate veterinary or e

  • Guardians must have previous dog experience

  • Emergency care when needed

  • Guardians must feed the dog a diet approved by the breeder AND a probiotic (Nuvets).

  • Guardians must be able and willing to identify and notify us immediately when a female begins her heat cycle

  • Guardians must not allow the female in heat near any other intact males

  • Guardians must not allow a male guardian to breed with unapproved females

  • Guardians must live within a reasonable driving distance from Charleston South Carolina, for no more than 2-3 hours.

  • Guardians must communicate, cooperate, and coordinate with the breeder regarding testing, mating, whelping, and other breeding-related activities.

If you're interested in becoming a Guardian home, please fill out our Guardian Home application.

Your application will be saved and once we have any openings then the people we think will be the best fit will be contacted for an interview. 

Please don't take it personally if we don't contact you right away. It does not mean we've denied your application. It most likely just means that we don't have any available guardian puppies at that moment.  You'll only be contacted if we think you're a good match and if we have any available Standard Poodle puppies that we want to add to our program. You're more than welcome however to email us with your questions at any time. 

We're specifically looking for local families with dog experience who live in Charleston South Carolina and surrounding areas (within 2-3 hours' driving distance from our location).

To begin the process, please click the link below and email us your Name, address, and phone number and why you want to become a guardian. For any other questions please feel free to contact me directly. 

Thank You,


Kristin Leest


Simply Standard Poodles
(P) 843-501-5301

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