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Health Testing Breeding dogs
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our health guaranty

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Why Do Your dogs cost so much more than pet store or local backyard puppies?
health tested bloodlines, & health testing our own dogs

Why is health testing such an important thing to some breeders and not to others? Why as a pet buyer should this matter? The longterm health of your Australian Labradoodle dog should be important to you and your dog breeder. We want our puppies to live full happy and healthy lives unaffected by preventable traits we could have avoided. This is why we take the extra time, money, and sometimes heart break of doing health testing to make sure we are benefiting the dog, owners, and integrity of the multigenerational Australian Labradoodle as a breed.

 

COI

Before we even breed a litter we start off with tested parents, but we also need to know level of genetic coefficient of inbreeding or COI. For Australian Labradoodles we want to keep our COI below 8% with a newer breed. We do this by doing trial matings on WALA or ALAA, Embark also has a COI check for us. We type in both parents registered names and the past 10 generation are put into factor of percentage of inbreeding. When we have COI between 2 to 6% we start to have consistency in traits for a bloodline. But you don't want a high COI between a breeding pair because this can start to bring out the best or the worst structural or health traits of a bloodline. If we are trying to incorporate a new bloodline into our program COI will sometimes be as low as less then 1% for example 0.38 when this happens we will know color traits the pair can make but we don't yet know which parents genes will be dominate regarding coat texture, color intensity, or size. Many AKC breeds in the US have a high COI but as we have seen this is leading to many hereditary structure issues in dogs such as bite, topline, rear, and front end. We always want to improve consistency of structure. This is one reason why Australian Labradoodle breeders and registries have yet to close the stud book for this breed. 

Structural Correctness

When we raise or purchase an Australian Labradoodle puppy we have it evaluated at + or - 3 days from 8 weeks old by renowned AKC judge Pat Hastings for structural correctness, shoulder placement, hip angulation, topline, teeth, bite,  muzzle to stop distance compared to skull size, eye shape, hocks, ear set, coat quality, disposition and more. This gives us a baseline to start with if a puppy is structurally improving the breed or shouldn't be part of the program. Sadly sometimes our favorite hopeful is cut from the program as pet quality before we even start official health testing.

DNA Testing

If they pass the 8 weeks structural integrity evaluation the puppy will be placed in a gaurdian home or live with us until future testing is completed. Next testing is DNA disease panel, color coding, DNA profile from Paw Prints genetics or Embark if we suspect roan. With this testing we know if our dogs are clear, carriers, or effected of a variety of genetic defects like; Degenerative Myelopathy, Exercise-Induced Collapse, Hereditary Nasal Parakeratosis,  Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Cone-Rod Dystrophy 4, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Progressive Rod-Cone Degeneration, Retinal Dysplasia/Oculoskeletal Dysplasia 1, Von Willebrand Disease I. For coat DNA we test B locus, A locus, E locus, IC locus, K locus, M locus, S locus. This tells us possible colors such as red, creams, black, or chocolates, patterns such as; solid, mismarked, parti, phantom, wild agouti, sable, or merle. The IC locus is important to be clear of because if effected the dog will have incorrect coat, and cause shedding and flat coat in sections like the muzzle and ears and not look like a correct Australian Labradoodle coat and incorrect coat can be an issue for people with pet allergies. We have seen breeder advertise these as special "flat coat" labradoodles, its not. It is a genetically incorrect coat not fully furnished.

OFA Eye Cerf

Eyes can have natural defects, incorrect formation of cones, cataracts, and we breed merle that can have additional eye malformations. We participate in an OFA eye Cerf clinic yearly. All of our dogs eyes are certified once a year to make sure as their eyes age they are still healthy and not showing any changes or starting of cataracts. 

Pennhip

Pennhip is hip testing accomplished while a dog is put under for radiographic screening to evaluate the laxity in the dogs hips to help determine their risk of developing degenerative joint disease. It is based on a scale of 0.1 to 1. The higher the number the looser the hips. 0.7 and above is high risk for degenerative joint disease. 0.3 is considered perfect. Below 0.3 is considered too ridged of hips which are also not good. On the scale for each breed there is a standard average, for Labradoodle mixes it is 0.53. The standard average of all breeds can be viewed here. For example our boy Ranger's pennhip was R 0.45 and L 0.44. which is considered above average quality for the breed standard of 0.53. Its important to note you want the right hip and left hip to be close to the same, hips with a large spred for example R 0.34 L 0.41 is considered an issue with such a difference between hips on the same dog. Pennhip has been testing hips since 1993 and is graded by veterinarians.

OFA Hips and Elbows

OFA hips and elbow are also accomplished while a dog is put under for radiographic screening and we do it at the same time as Pennhip for our studs. OFA grades hips to help reduce risk of hip dysplasia. Hips are screened and graded from excellent, good, fair, borderline, mild, moderate, to severe. Breeding dogs should never be below fair and in an ideal world never below good. I personally will not breed my girls with a stud less than good hips. here is more information regarding OFA hips. Elbows are tested at the same time as hips. This helps to understand the health of the bone and how the elbows sit in the socket. here is more information regarding OFA elbow testingOFA has been doing hip screening since 1966.

After dogs have passed all health testing and 1000s of dollars spent in testing they are ready for breeding when matured, but if they fail just one they are cut from the program. They still live out a wonderful pet life with their gaurdian family. It's important to note that even with fully tested dogs some issues can accrue like hip dysplasia we try to reduce the possibility through testing. But if a dog is over exercised too young while rapidly growing, if the dog lives a life of obesity this is a huge stress on the joints and heart, or made to use stairs while joints are still developing. Hips and other joints can be eroted prematurely. Nutrition is also a huge factor in proper development. 

It is prudent to health test to not create dogs with genetic diseases that could have been avoided, it is part of being an ethical breeder. It's our responsibility to insure the health and wellbeing of our dogs we produce by taking preventive measures. This is a contributing factor between backyard breeders is properly tested dogs. It costs money to do so but helps prevent large on going medical expenses that easily could have been avoided. Also no Australian Labradoodle can be registered with WALA or ALAA without proper testing provided for parents.

Our Health Guarantee

Australian Labradoodles

Multigenerational Australian Labradoodle

Non shedding dogs

hypoallergenic dogs

puppies

puppy

labradoodle puppy

doodle puppy

mini australian labradoodles

micro mini labradoodles

Vancouver WA

Washington puppies

puppies for sale

puppies for adoption

gaurdian program

Blue merle doodles

merle australian labradoodles

phantom labradoodles

chocolate doodles

Parti labradoodle

wild agouti labradoodle

studs

bitch

health tested

Our dogs health is guaranteed from the date of birth against all serious life altering genetic disease or Hip Dysplasia.  We only breed dogs with clear or 1 side carrier of a DNA diease to never creat an effected puppy. Hip Dysplasia, we only breed good or excellent hips together never any lower grade. But this doesn't always mean your dog's hips will be perfect, just reduces the probability. The Breeder reserves the right to have a second opinion by a licensed veterinarian of Breeder’s choice, at Breeder’s expense.

 

The Purchaser must submit both X-Ray and accompanying report of OFA, BVA or Penn Hip of Hip Dysplasia. The dog must be showing physical symptoms on a regular basis and shall not have been overweight at any time during the guarantee period, or walking up and downstairs the first 10 months. A mini or micro mini Australian Labradoodle is not built to be your jogging or running partner. Once developed they are great hikers, walkers and up for all kinds of adventures but this isn't a running partner especially the first year of bone and joint development.

 

Purchaser must be able to provide Breeder with up to date veterinary and treatment records. Breeder reserves the right to review all medical/treatment records with a licensed veterinarian of Breeder’s choice, at Breeder’s expense.

 

In the event that the dog is affected by a serious life altering genetic disease including Hip Dysplasia, Breeder will either replace the dog, or refund the Purchaser up to the cost of the dog for medical treatment (Breeder’s choice). IVDD & CDDY are excluded from this since almost all cocker spaniels carry at least 1 copy and 85% of toys poodles carry a copy it is close to impossible to have an entire breeding program without it. Keep your dogs weight off and muscle mass up is the best prevention and not having dogs jumping off high furniture.

 

Should dog have been subject to any of the following during the guarantee period, the guarantee becomes null and void. 

 

  • Failure to maintain puppy’s general health care (this includes obesity)

  • The administration of a Rabies vaccination, Lyme vaccination, or Lepto vaccination in conjunction with DHPP/DAPP vaccinations. This is to prevent serious adverse reactions that can result from multiple vaccinations being administered at the same time. When a dog is given a Rabies, Lyme, or Lepto vaccination as a stand -alone vaccine, it will allow you to know exactly which vaccination the dog is having an adverse side effect/reaction to. Severe damage can be done which can result in a suppressed immune system by overloading a dog with vaccinations.

  • Failure to deworm puppy on schedule

  • Neglect, trauma, dropped, or abuse

  • Excessive stair climbing or vigorous excessive exercise until (at minimum) 10 months of age. This is to ensure you have given your pup time for bones and joints to develop until growth plates have closed

  • Feeding the puppy a poor quality diet. Dog must be on Breeder's required quality dog food and Nuvet supplements.



Under no circumstances shall the Breeder be liable for any consequential, incidental, or special damages resulting from negligence and environmental factors.

 

This warranty does not cover skin/food/environmental allergies. We have no control of the area your pup may be in, food you choose to feed your pup outside what we recommend multiple times through the purchasing process, or the environmental factors that may trigger allergies. Allergies in dogs (like people) can develop at any time especially after vaccinations.

 

This warranty does not cover cosmetic teeth/bite issues such as an under-bite or base narrow canines. These are recessive genes that are common to our breed and cannot be tested for prior to breeding. We do try to prevent this by not keeping breeding dogs from litters that have a majority of the puppies presenting this or a puppy that does have it will not be kept for our breeding program to minimize our bloodlines contributing to this breed tendency. We have been doing this for multiple generations and seeing less of it year after year.

 

This warranty applies only to the original buyer. If ownership of the dog is transferred, warranty becomes null and void. Because dogs are not to be rehomed without the consent of the Breeder at any age. We do not want any of our dogs ever going to a rescue or shelter, but rather returned to us for evaluation and proper rehoming.

 

Breeder agrees to accept return of dog at any time during the life of the dog for any reason. Purchaser agrees never to relinquish dog to a shelter and to contact Breeder immediately in the event that the dog needs to be rehomed. 

 

Our return/rehome policy is as follows...

 

  • In the event that the Purchaser needs to immediately rehome dog, Purchaser agrees to ship puppy to Breeder at Purchaser’s expense.

  • In the event that rehoming the dog is not an emergency situation, Purchaser agrees to keep the dog until the Breeder can find a new home for the dog. This is a much better situation for the dog, so that it only needs to make one transition.

  • Upon rehoming the dog, Breeder agrees to refund any proceeds (minus any expenses that are incurred by Breeder for the dog during the re-home process ie: training, boarding, vet care, grooming etc..) from the re-home to the original Purchaser. 

 

 

Three Day General Health Guarantee

At the time of delivery, the Breeder guarantees your new puppy is in good health, and has received age appropriate vaccinations as well as worming care by a licensed veterinarian. Purchaser will be provided with all veterinary records of puppy while puppy was in the care of Breeder including proof of clear fecal exam of no parasites.

 

From the time of arrival of puppy, Purchaser must take the puppy into a licensed veterinarian for an initial health exam within 72 hours. Since Covid this has been more difficult to get these appointment we suggest making your appointment as soon as you are aware which litter you are set for and make your appointment after we inform you your puppy was born, this gives your vet an 8 week heads up for scheduling. 

 

If within 72 hours the Purchaser’s veterinarian discovers a chronic or serious health problem with puppy, immediate proof of medical exam and diagnosis by the veterinarian is required. Breeder reserves the right to have a second opinion by a veterinarian of Breeder’s choice, at Breeder’s expense.

 

If puppy is found to have poor health (documented by 2 licensed veterinarians) within 72 hours, Breeder may either replace puppy from the next available similar litter (with shipping at Purchaser’s expense), or refund the purchase price of said puppy (Breeder’s discretion). Puppy must be returned (at Purchaser’s expense) immediately. If Purchaser chooses to keep puppy diagnosed with poor health within 72 hours, Breeder will reimburse for veterinary costs related to pre existing condition up to the purchase price of puppy. Veterinary costs will be paid directly to Purchaser’s licensed Veterinarian.

 

It is the Purchaser’s responsibility to provide due care, and not expose unprotected puppy whose vaccines have not yet taken effect to contagious situations. This health guarantee becomes null and void if Purchaser has not taken the puppy into a licensed veterinarian within 72 hours of receiving puppy. Puppy has been given 1st DAPP shot upon pickup. Do not let your puppy on the ground anywhere other than your backyard until 16 weeks when all puppy shots have been completed. Sadly we have had families not follow this and have lost their puppy to Parvo and one to distemper. It is imperative to keep your puppy away from public dog areas, pet stores, public dog water bowls, no  shoes in the house, and contact with other peoples pet puppies until all rounds of DAPP are completed.

Our hip Dysplasia guarantee is for the first 2 years of life. Terms of our hip dysplasia guarantee includes your dog maintained optimal weight (dog obesity will wreck good hips) no stairs the first 4 months, must be on Nuvet Joint supplement, contractual food for proper joint development and not running your dog the first 18 months. Walks are great!

 

Heart mummers, are covered in our health guarantee, and must be followed up with a cardiologist not just main vet practitioner.  

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Unsafe Breeding we will NOT do

Safe Merle Breeding
by testing!