HEALTH TESTING

Hips
The hips of potential breeding dogs should be evaluated at the ages of 1 year. The ALAEU recognizes only the hip assessment of OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, www.offa.org) based in the United States, though we will are also willing to translate the UK system of BVA scores into equivalent OFA scores. The hip x-rays must be done in accordance with OFA Hip X-Ray Guidelines.  Your veterinarian takes the x-rays then submits them directly to OFA along with an Application for Hip/ Elbow Database.  If your vet is not already registered with OFA they will need to do so the first time they send x-rays in for evaluation. The Veterinary Clinic Registration for Electronic OFA Application Submissions can also be found on OFA’s website.  It is strongly recommended that all hip and elbow x-rays are done by a veterinarian with hip x-ray experience and digital x-ray capabilities.  Traditional x-rays can take a long time to evaluate. The hip assesment results will be sent to both the dog owner and the veterinarian who submitted the x-rays.

Elbows
When your vet takes x-rays of your dogs hips, s/he should also x-ray the elbows.  Both sets of x-rays should be sent for evaluation.  The proceedure is identical. As with hips,  the ALAEU will accept BVA evaluations of elbows.

Patella’s
All dogs born after 1-1-2012 are also required to have a Patella examination by a speciallest veterinarian who is authorized to issue Patella certificates . The Patella examination should be done when the dog is approximately 1 year old.

Eyes
Two breeding dogs may only be mated if both have an eye exam which is less than one year old. A dog optomotrist will need to do the examination.  Ask your vet or local kennel club to recommend a dog optomotrist in your area .For a complete list of eye diseases/ conditions which disqualify a dog as an approved ALAEU breeding dog, please see ALAEU Rules and Regulations.

PRA / Prcd
A breeding dog can be deemed PRA/ Prcd clear if both of his or her parents are known to be clear either through a DNA test or through parentage.  If one of the parents is a known carrier or has unknown status, a dog DNA test determining whether or not the dog is a PRA/ Prcd carrier must be done. The DNA test for PRA/ Prcd can be done by the following institutions:
Haeringen (www.vhlgenetics.com)
Genomia (www.genomia.cz)
You can either request a collection kit directly from one of these institutions or place an order and have your vet send a blood sample with the order number/submission form directly to the institution.  The later option is recommended if you are planning to do several test at the same time (DNA profile, vWD, colour genetics test, IC etc.).

Von Willebrand
Dogs born after 1/1/2012 must have known Von Willebrand (vWD) status before breeding.  As with PRA/Prcd, they may be cleared either through known (negative) perental vWD status  or by a DNA test.  The vWD test can also be done by Haeringen or Genomia labratories and the process is the same as PRA/Prcd testing.  The name of the test required for ALAEU breeding dogs is von Willebrand type I.

DNA Profile
All ALAEU breeding dogs must have a DNA profile done.  A DNA profile can be used both to determine their perentage and to verify that their offspring are in fact their offspring. This test must be done through  Haeringen. This test can NOT be done by Genomia as they have a different system which is not compatible with the established ALAEU system.  To order your dogs DNA profile contact Von Haeringen Labratories. If both your dogs dam and sire are ALAEU registered you should also check the box to “determine parentage”.  Provided the parents of your dog have been properly registered, you will receive a unique DNA profile for your dog and verification of his/her dam and sire.

Colour Code
The ALAEU does not require that you test your dog for colour genetics, but it can be very fun to know.  If the colour code of your dogs dam and sire is known, you may be able to determine his/her colour genetics without any testing.  If it is not, you can order a colour genetics test from either Haeringen or Genomia.

Improper Coat
Some Australian Labradoodle carry a recessive gene for an improper coat. When two doodles with this recessive gene are mated, they may produce a puppy with a smooth coat  instead of the lovely fleece and wool curls which are characteristic of the Australian Labradoodle.  This coat is to be avoided. Both Haeringen and Genomia now offer a test for the “improper coat” gene.  This test can be done via a cheek swab and can be ordered from either lab in the same fashion as all the above mentioned.