Learn About Our Breeding Program
Guide Dogs of America maintains a breeding colony to ensure a consistent production of dogs with the desirable traits to produce successful guide dogs. We selectively breed dogs that are in excellent health and have the temperament for guide work. A small percentage of our dogs do come from other guide or service dog schools, approved breeders, and a service dog co-op breeder program.
Labrador Retrievers have proven to be the most successful breed for Guide Dogs of America but our breeds also include Labrador/Golden Retriever crosses, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherd dogs. A variation of breeds helps to fill the many needs of our clients.
The breeding dogs in our program live as well-loved family pets in volunteer foster homes. The dogs and their puppies are cared for by our qualified nursery staff, our great Veterinary team, and our dedicated volunteers.
Breeder Hosts play a special part in fulfilling the mission of Guide Dogs of America. As a Breeder Host you will have the opportunity to help create world-class guide dogs by fostering a breeder in your home.
As a Breeder Host, you will be expected to:
- Transport the breeder to the school during specified times
- Bring the breeder to Guide Dogs of America for all medical care including but not limited to all medical exams, vaccines, and emergencies (when available). However, any fees associated with pre-approved veterinary services will also be covered by Guide Dogs of America.
- Maintain the dogs’ weight, grooming, flea and tick preventatives, and appropriate medical care at your own expense. Heartworm prevention will be provided by Guide Dogs of America
- Represent Guide Dogs of America in the best possible light at all times
In return you will have a hand in the process of giving independence and freedom to a visually impaired individual.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer foster family for one of our Breeding dogs, please contact our Breeding Department or fill out the application below.