Brood bitch holders

a brood bitch family with their guide dog mum and pupsBrood bitch holders, look after our breeding stock, or guide dog mums, as pets within the family home and take responsibility for their day-to-day care and welfare.

Bitches are mated about once a year at the Breeding Centre and give birth to their litters in the brood bitch holder's home. The puppies spend their first six weeks there and support and advice is always on hand from Breeding Centre staff.


Breeding golden retriever, Labradors and German shepherds

Guide dogs breed a range of dogs including golden retreiver puppies, Labrador puppies and German shepherd puppies. The most popular breed is a Labrador-retriever cross.

For more of an insight into what it's like being a brood bitch holder, take a look at some of our case studies.

The benefits:

  • Looking after a well-trained family pet that will readily be accepted into your home
  • Full financial support to cover all feeding and veterinary costs
  • Access to 24 hour support and advice from experienced Guide Dogs staff
  • The knowledge that you will be playing a crucial part in helping blind and partially-sighted people gain independence.

The criteria:

  • Have a car and live within a reasonable travelling distance from the Guide Dogs Breeding Centre in Leamington Spa, Warkwickshire
  • Have facilities to enable the guide dog mum to give birth in comfort
  • Be a dog lover and possess a calm and caring disposition
  • Not in full time employment and can devote time to the guide dog mum, particularly when she has a litter
  • Be willing to transport the guide dog mum to and from the breeding centre

FAQs and apply now

If you are interested in becoming a brood bitch holder, fulfil the above criteria and can provide a suitable home, please contact our National Breeding Centre on 0345 1430216

Calls to our National Breeding Centre will cost 3 pence per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge.

Check out our FAQ section.


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