ALAEU Breeding rules and regulations

version 2022-01, valid from 01 January 2022

 

  1. ALAEU registers Australian Labradoodles and parent breeds, which are used for breeding, and provides breeders with accurate pedigrees if there has been bred according to the breedingrules and code of ethics. Per 01.07.2017 no more pedigrees will be provided when the breeding has not been done according to the breeding rules and the code of ethics.

 

  1. The rules of registration are made by the ALAEU Board. Dogs can only be registered if the pedigree is 100% traceable and the pedigree contains the microchip number, full name and birth date of the dog, and signature of the breeder of the dog. The ALAEU will only accept Parent Breed Dogs which are registered with either FCI or other nationally and internationally recognized kennel clubs. Origin Labradoodle linage must be approved by the Executive Board before registration can take place. Only Origins that can provide documentation of Purebred status of parents/grandparents/great grandparents will be considered. Inbreeding of any parent breed (including Labradoodle Origin) has to be approved by the board before mating takes place. For asking permission for inbreeding any parent bred a breeder has to provide the board with the following:
    • Unedited pictures of the dog, on which you can see : Boning, tail, head, body and coat
    • Official FCI pedigrees
    • Health records (at least eyes, hips and elbows, patella’s)
    • Written document why the breeder thinks inbreeding this dog is necessary for improving the breed of Australian Labradoodles
    • Pedigrees of all ancestors which are not registered in our ZooEasy database.

 

  1. One can join ALAEU as a breeder if one is in possession of an Australian Labradoodle which is potentially suitable as a breeding dog. Until the moment that this dog is fully approved as a breeding dog according to the rules of ALAEU you are a prospective member. The prospective member cannot vote and cannot be a member of the ALAEU Board.

 

Each breeder affiliated with the ALAEU has one vote in the members’ meeting and is represented by one person. Per breeder one registered partner of that breeder may actively participate in the members meeting, but this partner is not a member and does not have the right to vote. The board keeps a registration of partners of members. The partners have to pay an annual contribution at the same time as the membership fee of the member. The board can decide, if necessary, that only members have access to a (part of the) meeting.

 

Only breeders of Australian Labradoodle can be a Member of ALAEU, except:

  • Anyone who buys dogs with the intent only to sell on to others.
  • Anyone who breeds, buys or sells dogs in ways that do not comply with ALAEU’s goals and interests.
  • Anyone that has been convicted of neglect or mistreatment of animals.

 

  1. Decisions about membership are made by the ALAEU Executive Board. If it is found that the conditions in point 3. are not complied with, then membership can be annulled.

 

  1. The ALAEU has elections for either 3 or 4 Executive Board positions in alternating years, so that each Executive Board position’s term will be two years. Only full members can be elected to the ALAEU Executive Board or may vote in ALAEU elections.

 

  1. Membership fees are to be charged annually. Fees may be changed once per annum by an executive Board decision.

 

  1. Breeders must adhere to the ALAEU Rules and Regulation and the ALAEU Code Of Ethics. These will be sent to all (prospective) members for signing every year. If the signed documents have been returned and the membership fee has been paid, the ALAEU logo will be received for the new year. Any breech of conduct will be met with disciplinary action that can include suspension or dismissal from the ALAEU. The Executive Board has decision making powers in regards to disciplinary actions.

 

  1. A breeder must request a Kennel Prefix and pay the applicable fee. A Kennel prefix is the name that will appear at the beginning of a puppy’s Registered Name to identify a puppy’s breeding kennel. For example, if a Kennel Prefix is “Cedar Park,” a newly registered puppy named Rufus would be officially known as “Cedar Park Rufus.”

 

  1. A breeder must register all his breeding dogs owned or leased that are used in their breeding program for Australian Labradoodles. Dogs must be registered before the may (be) bred. The “registering a breeding dog” form has to be used. The fee for registering a breeding dog is €10,–. The inbreeding percentage of a new, not ALAEU, breeding dog, cannot be more than 5%.

 

  1. For any breeding dog , an ALAEU breeder must submit health testing evidence and a DNA profile BEFORE the dog can be used as a breeding dog. Documents must be sent to office@alaeu.com.

 

  1. Breeders must at all times be in compliance with the laws in the Breeders country of business and residence. You have to obey the rules of a country if they are more strict than the rules of the ALAEU, you have to obey the rules of the ALAEU if they are more strict than the rules of a country.

 

  1. Breeders must use a Contract of Sale for each puppy. A health guarantee of at least 1 years is obliged. Breeder must also provide a buyer of a puppy with a care sheet (detailing dietary advice, basic training and care).

 

  1. All Dogs in the Breeder’s programme and sold by the Breeder must be permanently identified by microchip and the microchip number must be supplied to the ALAEU on all transactions.

 

  1. Breeders must never repeat a breeding between a pair of dogs which produced 1 or more seriously ill puppies. It is also forbidden to knowingly mate a particular pair of Dogs which could produce offspring with a serious illness that could affect the quality of life of offspring from the Dogs.

 

  1. It is not allowed to breed a dog with a serious health issue (of which it is not 100% certain it is not hereditary), even not if the issue is solved by surgery or is under control by taking medicines

 

  1. The correct ALAEU Accredited Breeders Logo must be displayed on all Breeders’ websites and/or other social media canals.

 

  1. Breeders must not use the ALAEU logo(s) until they have been notified that their accredited Breeder membership has been accepted by the ALAEU, and furthermore the ALAEU accredited Breeder logo must be removed from all marketing material, websites etc. in the event that their accredited breeder membership is cancelled or suspended and they must cease to make any representations as to any affiliation with the ALAEU.

 

  1. Breeders must provide accurate information and identify all Breeding Dogs in their program that are actively used for breeding by registered name, ALAEU registration number, name of breed, generation and registered colour on their website or in any other form of public promotion.

 

  1. Breeders may not provide promotional publications; written, verbal or video concerning matters of the ALAEU without written permission from the ALAEU Board.

 

  1. Australian Labradoodle Puppies born prior to 1st of May 2019 sold as pets (not being a breeding prospect)and must be spayed or neutered before the age of 18 months. This is called “selling by contract”. Written proof of neutering/desexing must be sent to: office@alaeu.com (according the ALAEU breeding rules and code of ethics version 2019-01). Australian Labradoodle puppies born on/later then 1st of May 2019 and sold as pets (not being a breeding prospect) can be sold in two different ways:

 

  • They must be spayed or neutered before the age of 18 months. This is called “selling by contract” The following obligatory statements will apply in such a contract:
    • . Written proof of neutering/desexing, including chipnr (ALAEU desexing form or invoice of the veterinarian) should be provided to the breeder.
    • . The contract should mention a fine of at least 10.000 euro when the puppy isn’t neutered/desexed within the 18 months following its date of birth
    • . The puppy cannot be used for breeding
    • . Puppies which are going to live outside EU or Switzerland cannot be sold under contract
    • . The breeder is responsible for the execution of the contract and should actively see to it that neutering/desexing is done within the agreed timeframe of 18 months
  • A second option is to make a purchase agreement including a breeding ban
    • . In the purchase agreement must be stated explicitly that the purchased dog can NEVER have offspring
    • . The breeder him/herself is responsible to monitor whether the customer adheres to this rule.
    • . The purchase agreement must contain that violate the breeding ban will be punished with a fine of € 10.000,–
  • Puppies born on or after Oktober 1, 2021 cannot be neutered in the litter anymore. Member can ask the board for an exception on this rule.

 

  1. The ALAEU must be notified by the Member of any Breeding Dogs or Puppies that have been diagnosed with any quality of life inhibiting or chronic diseases, noting the name and registration numbers of both the sire and dam. This is for the ALAEU records on the genetic health of the breed. Please provide veterinary documentation whenever possible.

 

22. A breeder must register all bred litters within 110 days after birth. The fee for registering a puppy is € 10,–. If the litter is sent to the ALAEU office later than 110 days after birth there will be a fine of    € 10,– per puppy.

 

23. All fees for membership or registration have to be paid immediately by banktransfer: RABObank

                         Australian Labradoodle Association of Europe

                         IBAN: NL50 RABO 0352 2634 82

                                         BIC: RABONL2U

 

  1. A breeding bitch must be at least 16 months old at the time of mating. It is prohibited to let a bitch have a litter after her 8th birthday. A breeding bitch can have a maximum of 5 litters in her breeding career. Between each litter (between each birth day) should be at least 10 months.(In the Netherlands the law states 12 months!)

 

  1. The maximum inbreeding percentage of a paring is 5%. The percentage indicated by Zooeasy at the moment of registration by the ALAEU is leading. It is advisable to make a print-screen at the moment that you create a Test-breeding with clearly the percentage. This can change when new dogs are introduced.

 

  1. New members need to have permission for a planned breeding, for the first 3 litters. They also need to ask permission for a second stud in case there are problems with the first stud. This permission request must be done at least one month before the planned breeding. The breeding is only allowed after permission given by the breeding commission. You can send an email to : fokcommissie@alaeu.com

 

  1. Health requirements – The following health tests and results are obligatory before breeding a dog and breeders must provide accurate and true copies of these tests before breeding with that dog.  All tests of dogs that have been submitted for registration will be listed on an open database for breeder viewing. In case of doubt of the DNA tests the Board has a right to have the DNA testing done again by a vet appointed by the Board.
    • General health check:
      • . Every breeding dog born later than February 1, 2017 has to be checked by a veterinarian.
      • . The form for this you can find on our website.
      • . Shoulder height:

Dogs born on or after January 1, 2022, must have a withers height that meets the breed standard by the age of 1 year, i.e. a withers height of at least 35 cm to a maximum of 63 cm. Dogs with a height at the withers of less than 35 cm or more than 63 cm are excluded from breeding.

  • HIPS:
    • . Hips have to be graded by OFA or PennHIP (as from 1st of November 2020)
    • . The breeder him/herself can make the choice of using the OFA or the PennHIP test method.
    • . A breeding dog born on or later than 01-01-2015 must be at least 12 months old when tested for hips with the OFA method.
    • . Dogs born later than 01 January 2015 which has OFA-fair score at the age of 1 year can not be used (yet) in the breeding program. They have to be tested a second time at the age of 2. The last score is final.
    • . The PennHIP test method can be processed from the age of 16 weeks. The result is lifelong valid.
    • . It is not allowed to breed with dogs with a OFA-score lower than OFA (final) Fair and a PennHIP score above 0.60.
    • . Below the schedule of allowed or not allowed combiantions:

 

OFA Final Fair

OFA Good

OFA Excellent

PennHip <0.50

PennHip

0.50-0.60

OFA Final Fair

No

yes

yes

yes

No

OFA Good

Yes

yes

yes

yes

Yes

OFA Excellent

Yes

yes

yes

yes

Yes

PennHip < 0.50

Yes

yes

yes

yes

Yes

PennHip

0.50-0.60

no

Yes

Yes

Yes

no

 

  • . OFA-and BVA scores are compared as follows:
    OFA excellent = BVA 0-4 
                  OFA good = BVA 5-10 
                  OFA fair = BVA 11-18
  • ELBOWS
    • . A breeding dog must be at least 12 months old when tested for elbows.
    • . Elbows have to be graded by OFA
    • . Breeders are only allowed to breed with dogs with Elbow normal result (OFA negative)
  • PATELLA’S
    • . Breeding dogs born after 01-01-2012 must be at least 12 months old when tested for patellas.
    • . Patellas have to be graded by a recognized specialist.
    • . If done by a orthopaedic vet than the results must be sent to OFA.
    • . It is not allowed to test patellas when the dog is sedated. To breed the following must be followed:
      1. grade 0 x grade 0: allowed
      2. grade 0 x grade 0 but flexible/loose: allowed
      3. grade 0 but flexible/loose x grade 0 but flexible/loose: not allowed to breed after 01.01.2017. As from the 1st of May 2019 allowed.
      4. grade 1 x grade 0 (must be tested also when the dog is born before 01.01.2012): allowed. Dogs born on/later then the 1st of May 2019 NOT allowed.
      5. grade 1 x grade 1 but flexible/loose: not allowed to breed after 01.01.2017
    • PRA-PRCD
      Dogs have to be clear by parentage (both parents have to be clear) or have to be tested by DNA. This test can be done by van Haeringen or Genomia. Breeders are only allowed to breed with a pair of dogs of which at least one dog is clear.
    • DM (Degenerative Myelopathy)
      Of a planned breeding at least one dog should be tested clear for DM. Tests can be ordered from van Haeringen. Clear by parentage is allowed, but testing is preferred. 
    • EIC (Exercise Induced Collapse)
      Of a planned breeding at least one dog should be tested clear for EIC. Tests can be ordered from van Haeringen. Clear by parentage is allowed, but testing is preferred. This rule is implied for breedings from 1-1-2017.
    • IC (Improper Coat)
      Of a planned breeding at least one dog should be tested clear for Improper Coat. Tests can be ordered from van Haeringen. Clear by parentage is allowed, but testing is preferred. 
    • UNDER/ OVERBITES
      Breeding dogs must have an adult scissors bite. Adult underbites or adult overbites are not permitted. When in doubt the board must be consulted for a binding advice
    • TESTICLES
      A stud used for breeding must have both testicles descenden when he is 6 months old.
    • YEARLY EYETEST
      Has to be done once a year by a ECVO certified canine opthalmoligist. At the moment a breeding takes place the eyetests of both dogs may not be older than 1 year. With the following diseases it is breeders option to choose whether to breed or not:

       

      1. MPP, iris to iris
      2. Retina Dysplasie (multi)focal
      3. Distichiasis
      4. Ectropion
      5. Entropion
      6. Cornea Dystrophy
      7. PHTVL/PHPV, grade 1
    • . With the following eye diseases it is forbidden to breed with:
      1. MPP lens, cornea en lamina
      2. PHTVL/PHPV, grade 2-6
      3. Cataract
      4. Retina dysplasygeographic, local 
      5. Hypoplasie/Micropapilla
      6. Retina degeneration
      7. Lens luxation (primary)
      8. Colly eye
    • . All other remarks/diseases registered on the EVCO form have to be approved by the Board.
  • DNA PROFILE
    All breeding dogs have to be DNA profiled by van Haeringen or Genomia. Parentage control is obliged if both parents are already DNA profiled and registered at van Haeringen or Genomia.

 

  • ADDISON
    • Addison’s is a serious disease and unfortunately there is no test to show us which dogs are likely to be affected by Addison’s later in life or produce puppies with Addison’s disease. Breeders there for are responsible for educating themselves about Addison’s disease and for following the guidelines put together by the ALAEU to limit the spread of Addison’s disease in the Australian Labradoodle population. These guidelines are based on those of the American Poodle Club since they have a long history of dealing with this disease and on the most up to date research on Canine Addison’s Disease. The guidelines are:
      • . Affected dogs should not be bred
      • . High risk dogs (A dog with close and/or multiple Addisonian relatives) should not be bred to another with similar risks
      • . Only very high quality dogs with close Addisonian relatives should be bred.
      • . Dogs with a high risk need to be bred or breed sparingly ond only with a dog with a very low risk.
      • . Puppies produced by a dog with either a parent or child with Addison’s may only be sold as family pets

 

  • A breeder selling breeding stock : 
    • will select the puppy carefully regarding temperament, health, coat and body
    • will follow the sold dog and take care of bloodline and healthtests
    • will strive for a buyer of a breeding dog to become a member of the ALAEU/ALA/ALAA/WALA, but at least adhere to the breeding rules of one of the aforementioned assiociations for the relevant breeding dog.
    • will never resell a breeding dog as breeding dog that is coming back because of problems with health or temperament
    • will become a mentor for the buyer if this dog is the buyers first breeding dog.
    • The selling breeder has to fill out the form on the ALAEU website for selling a breeding dog to an other breeder.

 

  1. Co-Ownership: a dog can be co-owned by ALAEU and non-ALAEU members, but the ALAEU breeder has the following responsibilities:
    • The breeding dog must meet all the requirements stated with in the ALAEU.
    • The ALAEU member must ensure registration of all offspring pups this dog and an non-ALAEU dog. Pedigrees are given only shen the female owner is a member of the ALAEU. 
    • All offspring of ALAEU dogs, not intended for breeding should be desexed before they are 18 months old. The ALAEU member is responsible that this is done. 

 

  1. Crossing ALAEU dogs with ALAEU non–registered dogs are allowed
    • if the unregistered dogs in all respects comply with the rules of the ALAEU. All test results must be sent to the Board before the dog can be included in the database. This dog does not get an ALAEU registration number or pedigree
    • The ALAEU member must ensure registration of all pups resulting from a cross between a dog and a non–ALAEU.  Pedigrees are given only when the female owner is a member of the ALAEU.
    • All offspring of ALAEU dogs, not intended for breeding should be desexed before they are 18 months old, or be sold with a breeding ban. The ALAEU member is responsible that this is done.

 

  1. Written approval from the Executive Board must be obtained if a Breeder wishes any variation to the ALAEU Code of Ethics or Rules and Regulations, specific to his/her program.

 

  1. If a breeder does not comply with their administrative obligations according to the breeding rules and code of ethics, a financial penalty of € 10,– will be imposed on the top of the nomal fee. When a breeder commits a non-administrative violation of the breeding rules and code of ethics, an official warning will be given. The warning will be maintained for 2 years, after which the warning will expire. If a breeder has committed 3 warnings within 2 years, their membership will be terminated. The board has the possibility to consult 2 indepent experts.

 

  1. Per litter born on or after 01-01-2022 a maximum of 3 pups may be intended for breeding. (total of own keeping/selling/exchange)

 

  1. A male dog born from 01-01-2022 may produce a maximum of 10 litters in his first 3 years of life. When the male dog is 3 years or older there are no more restrictions on the number of litters.

 

 

 

 

 

 Definitions

Australian Labradoodle                 Any dog recognised as an Australian Labradoodle under the current ALAEU grading scheme.

Labradoodle Origin                      Any Purebred Poodle and Purebred Labrador cross breed or multigenerational Poodle/Labrador Crossbreed with documented lineage from an ALAEU approved Kennel Club.

Parent-Breed                              Any Dog recognised by the ALAEU as a Parent Breed of the Australian Labradoodle (currently Poodle (any size), Labrador Retriever, English- and American Cocker Spaniel and Irish Water Spaniel).