Health Tests

I have high standards in the quality of puppies I breed and raise. This is achieved through the rigorous testing I perform on my dogs.

The parents of my pups will have undergone the following tests and these certificates will be shown to prospective puppy owners.

prcd-PRA This is a genetically inherited disorder that affects the eye. A dog which is affected by the gene can have over time the retina at the back of the eye degenerate and eventually die. The start of the degenerate process begins with night blindness, then to light blindness and ultimately a loss of sight. To avoid this disorder being carried forward a simple DNA test is carried out before breeding.
von Willebrand’s Disease (vWD). This is also a genetically inherited bleeding disorder that is similar to haemophilia in people in that the affected dog is missing a part of their DNA which helps platelets form clots. These disorder can be found in Retrievers (Chesapeake, Golden), GSH Pointers and Standard Poodles. To avoid this disorder being carried forward a simple DNA test is carried out before breeding.
Hip Scoring The hips should be more or less symmetrical and each hip is scored on 9 different areas. The first three scores focus on the dogs conformation, whilst the final 6 boxes can point towards a potential concern such as arthritis. The average BVA hip score of a Poodle / Labrador is around 14 total (maximum 103).

The OFA score Excellent, Good, Fair and below.

Elbow Scoring The grading on a dogs elbow is from 0-3 with 0 being the best, and 3 the worst. Dogs with a score of 2 or 3 should not be bred from.
Annual BVA eye test. This test confirms the absence of hereditary eye disease in dogs (male and female) used for breeding purposes
Patella Luxation A condition where the kneecap moves or dislocates out of its normal position. Can be found in smaller/miniature dogs.
Degenerative Myelopathy An incurable disease that attacks the spinal cord and results in eventual paralysis of the rear legs.
Exercise Induced Collapse A genetically inherited condition originating from the Labrador and Spaniel that causes the dog to collapse when under extreme exercise/heat/excitement.
Colour Profiling To confirm via DNA the colours my puppies could be.
DNA Profiling To confirm via DNA the parental heritage of the puppies bred by myself.
Improper Coat To confirm via DNA that all the puppies I produce will have non-shedding coats.
Microchip /Worming Pups will be microchipped. Wormed at 2, 4, 6 and 8 weeks, plus vet checked a minimum of 3 times before going to new homes.

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All pups, (including puppies by other reputable Australian Labradoodle breeders), will undergo neutering before leaving for their new families, there is no negotiation on this. This is to ensure the breed is developed properly by committed breeders. Pups recover in 20mins from the procedure wanting to play, eat and toilet, and with non of the negative effects seen on older dogs.

It is a well known and accepted fact that neutering your pet is a good idea. In most cases neutered animals make better pets, they are less aggressive and because they are not driven to find a mate, they are more focused on you.  They are also found to be much healthier with a lower risk of reproductive disorders and many cancers.

 

The reasons for neutering are compelling :

*Overpopulation in animal rescue kennels.

*Better-behaved pets. Neutered pets rarely scent mark, roam and fight. Majority of bites involve un-neutered dogs.
*Healthier pets. Neutered males don’t have testicular cancer or the prostate problems common in intact dogs. Females spayed before their first heat cycle are at much less risk of breast cancer, a common cause of death. They have no risk of uterine infection, or the many complications associated with seasons, pregnancy, whelping or raising a litter.

*It’s safer. Mortality rate is lower and complications occur less.
*It’s easier on the pet, anesthesia time is shorter and recovery takes only a couple of hours.
*It completely eliminates the possibility of accidental litters or even intentional breeding by uneducated owners or worse case by puppy farmers.

*It allows the best puppies to continue to further the breed with the focus on temperament and health.

The bottom line is fewer unwanted pets, and fewer ill-bred dogs.

 

Some vets do not agree with this procedure, they are from the “older” school of thinking and have not read any studies or have completed any research to back up their stance.  They also have never completed the procedure so have no first hand experience of how the procedure can be much easier and safer on the pup. They don’t know so they don’t like it!

You will not find a vet that has any experience with the procedure that has decided not to support its use long term.

In the UK early neutering has been performed by a well respected animal charity for many decades successfully. The early neutering procedure in the UK alone on just the Australian Labradoodle breed has been performed for over 12 years, and much longer in America, Australia and Canada.

 

Health testing should not be an optional extra for breeders, it should be the norm.  Do not take the risk on a puppy from untested parents, it can be a costly gamble.

 

There are three Australian Labradoodle sizes:

                              Size                            Weight
Standard               22 – 26″ / 55-66cm         22 to 42 kg
Medium                18 – 21″ / 45-54cm         15 to 21 kg
Miniature              14 – 17″ / 35-44cm         10 to 15 kg

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