Hello All! First post, and it is a little weird. I volunteered to be a "Guardian" for a new puppy. How the guardian program works, a breeder gives you a female puppy. You raise it like it is your own, but when it is old enough you return it, just for breeding. The original breeder keeps the dog for a few weeks a year while it is in heat, and for a about 12 weeks when it is about to give birth, through the weening process. The breeder pays for all the vet bills related to fertility, pregnancy, and birth. I pay for all other vet costs. After a set number of pregnancies, the dog is spayed and I become the full time owner. I like the idea of the program, but have some concerns. My biggest concern is the number of pregnancies. The contract states that the dog will be pregnant 5 times. I don't know anything about breeding - is that a lot? A few? Industry standard? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. *Note - This post refers to a large dog. A Bernese, to be exact.