Guardian Program Information

Our Guardian program ensures that each of Sugar Plum’s breeding dogs enjoys a safe and happy permanent home.  They will live as cherished pets of their Guardian family both during their breeding period and after retirement.



Why Become a Guardian Home?

Agreeing to be in our Guardian Program ensures that you will have a pick of the litter quality puppy. It is also a great option for those who want one of these incredible dogs but don’t have the funds to purchase one. Our Guardian Families are matched with one of our puppies that we are holding for our breeding stock. They agree to raise him/her as their family pet while part of our program and remain with them after retirement. Sugar Plum covers all costs related to the program while our Guardian Families cover all pet costs such as food, normal veterinarian visits, and immunizations, etc.. If interested in our Guardian Home program please go to our Contact Us page or send an email to



How to qualify as a guardian:

  • Families should have some flexibility in their daily schedules. We do not expect that our dogs/puppies would be alone for 8-10 hours per day.
  • Obedience training and regular grooming is required.
  • To produce the finest and healthiest puppies possible, quality feeding is paramount and our guardian families are an integral part of that process.




  • Must live within 1 hour of New Holland, PA.
  • Our girls will come stay with us starting 1 week prior to their due date and until the puppies are weaned at around 6-7 weeks old, but will be returned to you as quickly as possible. Her guardian family is welcome to visit Sugar Plum while she is here. Most of our girls will have 3-4 litters and be spayed and retired. After her retirement, you have fulfilled your contractual obligation so she stays with you forever and your commitment is complete.  




  • Must live within 30 minutes of New Holland, PA
  • Males have a much longer breeding career but do not need to stay at Sugar Plum for extended time periods as the females do. Usually, 1 week. When retired they will be neutered at our expense. After his retirement, you have fulfilled your contractual obligation so he stays with you forever and your commitment is complete.