Practicing ethical and responsible breeding, we believe in a holistic, family focused, ‘kennel’ free environment for all our dogs and puppies.
Each breeding dog is homed with a local ‘guardian’ family, then visits the Sunset Hills property only when they are honeymooning and/or to have their puppies.
The aim of the Family Care Home Program is to place our breeding ‘Doods’ and ‘Doodettes’ in loving home environments to promote happy, healthy and much adored family pets. Whilst there is a dedicated team of dog carers on the property to provide visitors with all the comforts of home, there is nothing a dog loves more than its very own family.
This is where you come in!
As a guardian family, you would care for one of our breeding dogs/puppies in your home as your own pet. You will be responsible for loving them, walking them, grooming them, making sure they have a good diet, vet check-ups and a safe place to sleep and play, while they participate in their breeding program.
How Does the Breeding Program Work?
For Females: You will need to keep an eye out for her seasons and notify us the day this happens. These can occur from about 6 months of age onwards, and approximately 6-8 months apart.
When she is over 12 months old and in season, she will be required to visit Sunset Hills to breed, it takes 3 to 7 days depending on her ovulation from the day you first sight blood (so 3 consecutive days). We can give you advice on how to check for your female’s season.
For Males: Once a female comes into season (as per above), we may require your male Labradoodle to visit Sunset Hills for breeding. This takes 3 to 7 days depending on female’s ovulation. Male can be used up to 4 times a year.
For more information about the program timeline, please go to our FCH Program Timeline link.
How Long Is the Breeding Program?
On average, our breeding dogs are de-sexed and retire around the age of five, with females producing no more than a maximum of four litters during her breeding career.
Once a dog is retired, they have no further obligation to the Sunset Hills breeding program and they live out their lives of leisure with you as normal.
Is There a Cost Involved?
If you take on a breeding dog as a puppy, there will be a security deposit, $1,000 for male and $800 for female, payable on collection. This deposit is refundable at the completion of the dog’s breeding contract, usually after 5 years, if all conditions are met (a full amount for female and a half amount for male).
If you get a family care home puppy, there is no way you can decide that you now do not want to do the program. It has been chosen to participate in our breeding program for a reason, so unless recommended by the vet, the puppy will need to be in our program until 5 years of age. There are also the normal dog related expenses, such as food, non-breeding related vet bills, local council registration, etc.
How to Apply for FCH Program
Please follow the procedures below to apply for FCH Program.
Download the FCH Program Application Form from below.
Fill out the form.
Submit it to us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By submitting the Application Form, you are registering your interest in the Family Care Home Program. There is no cost to register, you will be added to the Database and contacted when a suitable puppy/dog becomes available for you.
The following is a selection of frequently asked questions about FCH Program.