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Breeding & Whelping

Our Starting Point – The Breeding Program

BC Guide & Alberta Guide Dogs maintains an in-house breeding program. The role of the breeding program is to provide a regular supply of suitable adult dogs for our training programs. We breed Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and a first cross of the Labrador & Golden Retriever. These dogs are exceptionally affable, gentle, intelligent, energetic and good natured, making them excellent companions and working dogs.

We participate at an international level with many other guide dog organizations in the sharing of puppies and breeding materials in order to produce puppies bred specifically for traits required in our working dogs.

We are on occasion looking for families to become breeder-caretakers for both male and females that have been chosen for our breeding program. In these families the primary caregiver must be at home to care for the dog, just as our requirements are for our puppies in our Puppy Raising Program. All expenses are covered by BC & Alberta GuideDogs, but you must be available to transport the dog where needed if a breeding is required.

As well as families to care for the females between litters we look for families to have a female join their family and then to birth and raise the pups to the age of 7-8 weeks. This is very well supervised and supported, but is a 24/7 project. The joy of raising pups from birth can only be felt by experiencing the entire process.