Guardian/Forever Home Breeding Program
Mountaineer Basset Hounds is excited to announce a new breeding program!! The Guardian/Forever Home breeding program (also referred to as "foster" homes) was brought to my attention by another Basset breeder who began a program also. What makes this program helpful for breeders such as myself is that we are able to continue our pedigree lines while keeping our pack small. This means our pack can still stay in the house and get the care and love many big breeders are not able to give their outside kenneled dogs to the extent we can.
How does the program work?
The female or male "pick of select litters" is sold for a reduced fee to a family that will provide a loving, caring home. Why a reduced fee and not for free? Due to the unknown I can not give a puppy for free and then ask a family to pay for him/her if for whatever reason they may not be able to be used in my breeding program. So if the dog can not be used in my program you still got a great pet for a fee less than others have paid. If the dog is able to be used in my program families will be compensated with a puppy at no charge from a future litter fathered/mothered by their Basset. (Must be from 2nd litter or later and litter must contain 2 or more puppies)
The dog lives with this family for it's entire life except during the times when it comes to us to be bred and/or later to have puppies. All breeding rights will remain with Mountaineer Basset Hounds and full ownership of the dog is signed over to the family once the we decide that the dog is retiring from breeding. As the puppy grows, its health, temperament and conformation is monitored to determine if it is suitable for breeding. Once the animal is of age for breeding, we decide who it will be bred to and when.
If for some reason I decide an animal is unsuitable for breeding, I will ask that it be spayed or neutered at my expense. When that is done, our breeding contract is null and void, the ownership is transferred to the family and the dog is able to enjoy life with it's family.
Who qualifies for the program?
When it comes to selecting a guardian family, we are very selective in who we choose. We want to make sure that our dogs go to safe homes where they will be well cared for and not allowed to escape, get lost or get run over by a car.
We expect the dogs to be house dogs. We look for people who have had Bassets before. The ideal person is one who has had a Basset die of old age. This is a person who know how to take care of a Basset and is willing to make a commitment for life to one of our dogs.
Guardian families will need to be willing to provide references that can be contacted during the approval process. We are currently looking for West Virginia families but will consider placement in an out of state of home!
How does the breeding program work?
Females come into season twice a year. We have built our program where we will do 1 litter, then give the female a rest, if the breeding is one we would like to repeat then a back to back breeding will be done after the rest period. Breeding this way is easier on a female's hormones, and reduces the risk of pyometra, an often fatal uterine infection/ A female will generally be retired on or before her 5th birthday. Occasionally a "perfect mom" will be bred longer. The fact is that if a female is in good health, having a litter keeps her hormones flowing and she stays in excellent condition as a result. How many litters she will have in her lifetime is determined by her overall condition, the quality of her pups, her attitude and temperament as a mother, the ease of labor and delivery for her and how quickly she recovers optimum health after a litter. They will need to be brought to us to be bred and then be brought to us for whelping of litter. This stay will be up to 10 weeks long.
Males will be brought to us to breed the girl or girls of our choice. They will be with us for up to 2 weeks at a time.
What is expected of the Guardian family??
The Guardian family is expected to give the best home, love and care possible to the Basset placed in their home. This is a lifetime commitment and we expect the family to give the same care as we here at Mountaineer Basset Hounds. There is a contract that is to abided by, to read over the contract and to be considered as a Guardian/Forever Breeding Program please fill out the Puppy Application.........