The Australian labradoodle is a particularly healthy breed.
This is partly due to the lack of inbreeding and partly due to the lack of desire to exaggerate traits for the show ring. We take health testing seriously and our testing is extensive and rigorous to ensure that our pups have the best possible chance of health and longevity.
The genetic test we currently screen for involve a DNA sample (cheek cells from a mouth swab) being sent to a genetic testing laboratory. We like Labloklin. We currently test for:
- DM - Degenerative myelopathy - progressive disease of the spinal cord
- Prcd/PRA - progressive rod-cone denigration progressive retinal atrophy - result in loss of vision.
- vWD - Von Willerbrand disease - blood clotting disorder
- EIC - Exercise induced collapse - strenuous activity can result in weakness or collapse
- HNPK - Hereditary nasal parakeratosis
- SD2 - Dwarfism/skeletal dysplasia 2(Osteochondrodysplasia)
- NE - Neonatal encephalopathy
- CNM - Centronuclear myopathy
- IC - Improper coat
All our breeding dogs are hip and elbow scored. These tests are not genetic (tests have not yet been developed for these conditions) therefore they are not foolproof, but they are the best we have available to us and we work with them as best we can. We test our breeding dogs as early as possible in order to minimise environmental influences on the results and thus receive as accurate as possible representation of the genetics.
All our dogs are hip scored by the BVA. Hip scoring measure how good the hip is on a scale of 0-106 (up to 53 each hip). The hips should be more or less symmetrical and each hip is scored on nine different areas. A score of 20 or below is acceptable for breeding.
All our dogs are elbow scored by the BVA. This measures how good the elbow is on a scale of 0-3. 0 being perfect and 3 being the worst possible score. Dogs with a score of 2 or 3 should not be bred from.
Our puppies are:
- Health checked by our veterinary surgeon
- Microchipped and transferred to your name
- Wormed with Panacur at 3, 5 and 7 weeks
Your puppy will also have:
- A two year genetic health guarantee
- Been socialised in our home with adults, children and all the noise that a busy family entails
- Received kisses, cuddles and playtime
- Weaned on a raw diet and introduced to tasty treats including scrambled egg, salmon, cheese and liver cake