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Welcome to guardian home program page

It is our goal to successfully further and develop our lines while having our breeding dogs live in a family environment. We have researched and found that the Guardian Home Program is the best way to accomplish this. This is a very unique program that allows our breeding dogs to live as much loved family members with our locally selected families while participating in our breeding program. This is our way of ensuring that our breeding dogs live with their families in forever homes and still participate in the future development of the breed under our watchful eye. We can’t thank our families enough for the important role they play in the future of the Australian Shepherd.


A security deposit of approximately 25% of the current pet price will be required.  Rather than paying full price for a pet puppy, you will receive a “pick of the litter puppy” for  25% of the normal pet price. You are getting the best that Winstead kennel has to offer in an Australian Shepherd puppy or young/adult dog. This means that in the litter this puppy possesses the best qualities as outlined in our breed standard, not only for type, conformation, color and movement, but also for temperament, soundness and coat quality.

Between 15-18 months of age of the puppy, we will have a breeding program assessment and health testing visits scheduled. We will pay for the full range of health testing to be completed. Once we receive the results from the health testing, we will make a final assessment of adding this dog to our breeding program. This is our way of being able to keep the best males and females from some of our litters, and then to have the ability and availability to select the best candidates to continue with the breed’s development. If we decide not to breed this dog, we will then have them spayed/neutered for you, at our expense, and the contract is complete.

 (If the dog does not meet our Breeding Standards by around 15-18 months of age, it will be spayed or neutered and the ownership of the dog will be signed over to you. This means you get to have a Winstead aussie puppy for a fraction of the cost!)

If you are joining the Guardian Home Program and acquiring one of our older, trained, health tested, titled dogs, the above info about genetic testing/evaluations is not prevalent. If the dog is older than 2 and/or already had a previous litter, they have had all their testing already done! The price for an older dog in the Guardian Program may be different as well. Please talk to me concerning any specifics.

Guardian families are expected to care for their new puppy or dog physically and financially. We will cover all costs associated to breeding and care for all litters produced by Guardian Family dogs at our home. Guardian dogs are your forever family pet, but will come to us every so often to sire or whelp their litters.

Guardian families must:

  • Have a fenced yard, own a car, and own a home (no renters)

  • Have previous experience with owning a dog or have adequate knowledge of caring for a dog

  • Not have any other intact dogs in the home (male or female)

  • Be able to provide a puppy or dog with proper health care, nutrition, and exercise

  • Be able to properly train and socialize a puppy or dog

  • Be able to take a dog to be groomed often

  • Be able to drive the dog to and from our home for whelping or breeding (at our cost)

  • Live within 300 km of Oradea, Romania

If you own a Female Guardian Dog:

Once the female has came into heat and has reached the breeding age, Winstead aussies will have the sole right to determine if she will be bred at this cycle or if we will skip that cycle, etc. If we decide to breed her, we will board your dog for approximately 8-14 days during the breeding process, then she will go back home with you. At approximately 4 weeks post breeding, we will set up an appointment for you or us to take her to vets to have an ultrasound to confirm pregnancy. Then at approximately 8 weeks post breeding, we will set up another appointment at the Vet to get another ultrasound performed to determine everything is fine. After that appointment, she will then come back to us for 6-8 weeks while she whelps her litter. Once old enough, female dogs will spend 6 to 12 weeks a year in our care. Guardian families are always welcome to visit during this time! To see their dog and her puppies! Guardians must be able to detect a heat cycle and keep females away from intact male dogs during this time. Females retire at around the age of 4-6. After retirement the female will be spayed and continue to live the remainder of her life with her Guardian Family.


***You will be refunded after each litter based on how many puppies are sold in the litter. The refund amount will be 50-100 euro PER PUPPY sold.  Winstead aussies will pay for the female to be spayed after agreed number of breedings are completed.

If you own a Male Guardian Dog:


Male dogs will spend a few days with us at a time when needed during breeding. Guardians must be able to keep male dogs away from intact female dogs in heat. Males retire at around the age of 8. After retirement the male will be neutered and continue to live the remainder of his life with his Guardian Family.


Other requirements:

  • We ask that you allow us to make arrangements to have the puppy brought to our home throughout various stages in its puppy-hood to document and photograph him/her to display on our website/social media channels. We also ask to be sent quality photos every once in a while that we can post on social media.

  • Guardian dogs are to be kept on a healthy diet at all times especially during the pregnancy.

  • Guardian families are required to take their puppy/dog to the vet for its annual vaccines and whenever else needed (aside from breeding related visits).



We require up to 3-4 litters from our Guardian Home Program dogs once they are in our breeding program, with the exception that the dog is not healthy enough for more litters (Determined by a vet). Each dog will be individually assessed with each breeding and litter produced. Winstead aussies takes the health and well-being of each and every one of our breeding dogs very seriously. It is our top priority to ensure they are in optimum condition for each litter they produce. If we have accomplished our goals in breed development, we may select to retire them early.. It will be solely the decision of Winstead Aussies, and it is our right exclusively to make that decision. Upon retirement, we will spay/neuter them and transfer ownership to their Guardian family where they can be your pet with no further requirements.



Any medical costs related to the breeding, and any stud fee costs required to produce the litter are the sole responsibility of Winstead aussies. Our Guardian Program families are only responsible for routine maintenance and medical care, such as, but not limited to, feeding, vaccinations, flea, tick and heartworm preventative, just as they would if they had a spayed/neutered family pet.



If you are interested, we ask that you contact us so that we can reach out to you and see if the Guardian Home Program is the right fit for you and your family.

Show/breeding prospects are priced individually
Pet/sports/performance prospects are 13
00 euros
(We reserve our right to modify the prices, ofocurse not after something is agreed!)

All our puppies leave us with following:
- pedigree (export if puppy is leave our country)
- Vaccines according to age (6-8-10-12 weeks)
- Deworming according to age (every 2 weeks until puppy is leaving)
- Contract
- Puppy kit (leash, collar, food, toys etc...)

You can always count on our support and advice the whole lifetime of the dog! We reserve our rights to refuse clients which we think we are not on same line.

 We are excited that you are considering joining our furry family! Here at Winstead, we will strive to produce outstanding Australian Shepherds that are an asset to the breed and a treasure to their families. Each one of our litters are special to us and a tremendous amount of time, research and thought goes into every one of them. In each litter we always plan on keeping at least 1 puppy to show and carry on our program with and the rest of the puppies are offered to loving homes.

We will evaluate our puppies between 8 and 10 weeks of age. 

First of all we reserve our right to choose from puppies with who we want to go forward of our breeding program.

Getting a puppy is a commitment, you must be prepared to spend the next 12-15 years taking care of your puppy.  


If you are interested in a Winstead puppy, we would love to hear from you! Please fill out and submit our Puppy Questionnaire below. This answers all our basic questions we like to ask our potential puppy owners. After we receive your Questionnaire, we will be in touch with you as soon as possible.  


*Serious inquiries only* Please understand that we ask many different questions so we can best match each puppy to their new forever home. We do not sell puppies based on markings or eye color. We place puppies based on temperament first. However, we do try to keep in mind the desired traits each person wants when placing our puppies.  Part of being the best breeders we can be is breeding according to the FCI Breed Standard. Please visit the FCI website or click on our Standard menu to view the entire standard.

FCI Australian Shepherd Standard

Please click on the "Puppy Questionnaire" below to fill out our Questionnaire and send it back to our email:

Pet Puppy Questionnaire

Show Puppy Questionnaire

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