Guardian Program 

Do you dream of owning one of our beautiful puppies or adults?  Would you like to own one at a discounted price? Do you live within a reasonable distance of Gillette, WY, within 2 hours? Are you willing to drive/deliver to our location as needed?  With this fantastic program, you pay 1/2 the normal companion puppy price for the pick of the litter.  Our contract then allows you to become the proud owner of our most beautiful and choice dogs...We will actually PAY you as well so that this dog can become yours for FREE!  


Our guardian program was implemented years ago when we decided we wanted to expand our program to new, healthy lines so we could continue to breed our goldens and offer our puppies to the public. However, we do not kennel our dogs, we generally only have 3-4 litters with our dogs, and I do not like to have to retire older dogs to new homes to make room for new ones after we have raised and bred them. That is not fair to them… but not fair to me either. I get way too attached. So, my dilemma… How do you continue to raise and breed fantastic puppies for people, without kenneling the dogs or retiring them when they have had their few litters to make room for more?

You find awesome families who are willing and excited to be a part of your program who give our breeding dogs a chance to be a part of a family for their entire lives, also known as our guardians! The benefit all around is obvious. Our dogs are not kenneled, retired to new homes, or sharing attention with a bunch of other dogs. They live in 1-3 dog homes and get to experience all the things a pet dog should! Our guardians get the benefit of only paying a low deposit fee and then getting money back for every litter after we pay to health test the dog. Finally, we get to continue to produce awesome puppies for our future families.


The Guardian program allows for you to have a “pick of the litter puppy”, or adolescent/adult breeding dog for just a fraction of the price. This puppy or dog is part of your family forever, while the breeding rights (3-4 litters) are retained by Red Prairie Retrievers for a short-term amount of time. Once this dog has completed his/her breeding career, will remain a forever member of your family and at the end of our short-term contract will become your full property!

The dog will live full time with you and only come back to us for breeding and whelping/weaning.


Yes, initially. We do not give these dogs or pups away. The cost of a guardian dog/puppy requires a deposit set by us, which is usually half the pet price.

At the birth of this dog's first litter, we will refund the entire deposit back to you and will also pay you a set amount for each additional litter as a way of saying “thank you” for participating in our Guardian program. 



We have found that having an upfront deposit for these puppies and dogs is essential in finding the absolutely BEST homes for these wonderful dogs!  By doing this, we eliminate those folks who may be doing the program for the wrong reasons!  Again, we have done this as part of ensuring the health and benefit of every wonderful member of our Red Prairie Retrievers family!

You are responsible for the general routine veterinary care and wellness of the puppy/dog placed with you. This means annual vaccines, feeding Life's Abundance Premium Health Food, supplements and treats, grooming, monthly heartworm prevention, flea/tick prevention, training, regular exercise and socialization, and most importantly all the love and care and attention possible

Any “breeding related” medical costs are the sole expense and responsibility of Red Prairie Retrievers. You are only responsible for routine maintenance and medical care just as would be expected of any other responsible pet parent!


First of all, you get the very best that Red Prairie Retrievers has to offer in the Golden Retriever! This means that we choose our breeding stock based on the best qualities that are outlined in our breed standard with temperament of course coming first. 

Another wonderful benefit to you is that this dog or puppy will be health tested by 18 months of age (some tests may be done as early as 16 weeks  of age and some must be done later) at the expense of Red Prairie prior to entering our breeding program at no cost to you!

Also, you get to enjoy the excitement of being a part of our breeding program, and will see the offspring of your very own dog placed with families across the country ~ bringing others the same joy and happiness that you have experienced with your Pick of the Litter Dog!


To be considered as a member of the Guardian program for one of our breeding dogs, we require that you live within 200 miles of our home, Gillette, WY. It is necessary that you have physical fencing to provide a safe and secure environment for your dog/puppy, own your own home, and have a schedule that will allow for your dog to not be left alone for extended periods of time. All dogs and pups placed in this program must be indoor dogs, and never be left outside unattended. You must have reliable transportation, and a willingness to bring your dog/pup to us when needed for breeding purposes.


Most all of our dogs/pups available for our Guardian program will be females. Occasionally we will have a male available as well!

If you are applying for a Guardian program puppy, she will come to you at 8 weeks of age unless we have an adult available. During the first year, Red Prairie Retrievers will have her health testing completed. Once we receive all of the results from her health testing, we are then able to assess whether or not she will enter our breeding program. If for any reason we decide not to breed the puppy placed with you (this is a decision solely made by Red Prairie Retrievers) we will then pay to spay your puppy, and this dog will become your full property at no additional cost to you!

If you are receiving a Guardian program Puppy, we ask that you send us monthly photos and updates during the first year so that we can watch her develop, and update our website. We also will require scheduled visits two to three times a year with you to assess your puppy, as well as build a relationship with her for when she comes to stay with us during whelping.


Each dog is individually assessed before determining how many litters they will have.  Most of our guardian dogs will have between 1-4 litters for us but will have no more than a total of 4 litters. The health and well-being of our breeding dogs is a priority to us, and prior to any breeding, Red Prairie Retrievers will receive clearance by both our Veterinarians.  Females are first bred around the 2 years of age.  Occasionally we may decide to have fewer litters if we feel it is in the best interest of the dog to do so! Again, this is determined by Red Prairie Retrievers.


That is simple to answer!!!  Here at Red Prairie, our aim is to provide superior quality puppies and excellence of service to all our puppy parents!  We have also done everything in our power to make our breeding program top notch in every conceivable way!  We start with the Best of the Best fully health tested dogs that are wonderfully bred.  We continue with top quality care, nutrition, love and socialization.  We thoroughly interview every interested puppy applicant to make sure our dogs and puppies only go to the Best of the Best homes!  We make sure we are there for the life of every puppy that leaves our care. Our Guardian program was put in place for this very reason!  We found that our  puppies were in greater demand than we could possible the "Guardian program"  was born!  This program allows for our dogs to live the normal, happy life they are SO deserving of and at the same time allows us to continue to build a superior breeding program!

If you are interested in being part of our Family, we would love to chat with you!  Click here to contact us today!

Please review our guardian contract- please note this is a general contract. Monetary amounts are subject to change. 
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