Kim...a guardian home is one where we (breeders) select a puppy to keep or buy for our breeding program, but we don't have the room/facilities to own another dog. So, we find a good home, usually nearby or within a reasonable distance, and work with that family...the family raises the puppy as their own, with lots of love and training. The breeder actually retains ownership (for a while) and the breeder pays for expenses...I would pay for all vet bills and medical testing necessary...the family pays for the food/toys/training, as they would their own dog.
The puppy is tested and if it passes all the tests, it becomes part of the breeding program and when it is old enough, is bred to another dog. Females usually go to the breeder's home to be bred and to whelp, but not always, and they are returned to the guardian home after they wean the puppies...male dogs usually have their sperm frozen or the female in heat comes to the male (either at the guardian home or the breeders).
Anyway, once the dog is retired (usually at a fairly young age), or if it doesn't pass testing, it is spayed/neutered (paid for by the breeder) and the dog then becomes the property of the guardian family.
The benefit to the breeder is obvious...the benefit to the family is that they have a great dog as a family pet, free of charge...and have major medical expenses paid for...for at least 2-4 years.
I notice that you are in CA...if you are interested, please let me know and we can discuss the possibility.
I currently have a beautiful Labradoodle male that I want to keep...and I am considering buying other dogs...so we have some options...if you know of any good families that may be interested, please send them my way!