Volunteers making a difference at home.

Southeastern Guide Dogs has cultivated a well-defined program to breed dogs whose temperament, intelligence, and health combine to produce some of the finest guide and service dogs in the world.

To support our breeding program, we partner with selected volunteers who host our breeder dogs in their homes, then return the dogs to campus when needed for breeding and whelping. These breeder host families are an extension of our work here at Southeastern Guide Dogs, and donate time, attention, and helping hands to help us reach our mission.

If you are interested in hosting a breeder, scroll down for more information, FAQs, and much more!

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Think you want to be a breeder host?

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If you are interested in becoming a breeder host, read the information below, take our online self-assessment, and when you are ready, submit your application.

If you need further information prior to submitting an application, contact Genetics & Reproduction at genandrepro@guidedogs.org.

Step One: Get the answers to our most frequently asked questions below

Step Two: Take our easy online self-assessment to see if you’re ready

Step Three: Complete the official Breeder Host Application

Once you have submitted the initial application, our Breeder Host Liaison will be in touch regarding the next steps!

“I feel honored to be a part of an organization that empowers people with self confidence to live an independent and adventurous life.”

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Breeder Host FAQs

  • What is required once I become a breeder host?

  • What is required once the breeder dog retires?

  • How far away from campus can breeder hosts live?

  • Am I able to still raise a puppy if I become a breeder host?

  • Are breeders able to attend puppy raising meetings?

  • What breeds are in the breeding colony?

  • Where do breeders receive veterinary care?

  • Do breeder hosts own the breeder?

  • How long is the dog a breeder?

  • What happens after the breeder retires?

  • Are breeders trained?

  • Are other animals allowed in hosts’ homes?

  • How often will the dog be bred?

  • Where should I board the dog when I am on vacation?

  • Can I request certain colors or physical characteristics of the breeder?