Breed associations are a positive indication of the reliability and ongoing commitment shown by a breeder.
I am a member of the : Australian Labradoodle Association of Europe (ALAEu), Worldwide Australian Labradoodle Association (WALA).
The goals of the organisations are:
*Ensuring the health of the Australian Labradoodle.
*Establishing the Australian Labradoodle for future generations. *Trying to establish breed recognition and standard.
*Providing information to future owners and breeders.
*Registering true Australian Labradoodle breeding dogs and litters.
The Australian Labradoodle is not a simple cross between a Labrador and a poodle. Six different breeds have been infused into the Australian Labradoodle over the years. Trial and error, back crossing and careful selection over many years has led to the delightful dogs we know and love today. This complicated process, dependent on so many decisions and the selection of individual dogs, is impossible to exactly replicate.
The following dog breeds are considered “parent breeds” to the Australian Labradoodle:
*Poodle (standard, medium and miniature)
*Irish Water Spaniel
*Curly Coated Retriever
*American Cocker Spaniel
*English Cocker Spaniel
The six breeds mentioned are the only breeds that are present in Australian Labradoodles and those registered with the above breed organisations.
Any dog with additional breed infusions (such as Collie or Wheaten Terrier) will not be recognized as an Australian Labradoodle by the breed associations across the world and can not be registered as an Australian Labradoodle. So basically not a true Australian Labradoodle.
Why do I belong to these breed associations?
It reassures me as a breeder that I have an independent body checking that I am selecting the best quality breeding dogs and adhering to best practice breeding. This benefits you the owner in terms of reassurance that I have all my health tests and dogs pedigree independently checked to ensure quality and genuine Australian Labradoodle lines.
Some breeders in the UK are not registered with the ALAEU or WALA. This can be for a number of reasons; some are established reputable breeders already adhering to quality Australian Labradoodle lines and testing, these are breeders who I will work with. Whilst others are not breeding true Australian Labradoodles and therefore will not be accepted into these organisations, and some are not prepared to invest the money and effort into the membership, registration and increased health testing costs.
ALAEU Code of Ethics. http://www.alaeu.com/index.phpoption=com_content&view=article&id=37&Itemid=129&lang=en
I am currently only one of two breeders in the UK who have been accepted into the ALAEU and who follow their strict breeding and testing guidelines.
I am the only breeder in the UK to be accepted into both Alaeu and WALA. This is something I am exceptionally proud of.