Australian Labrdoodle Health Testing

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Hips, Elbows and Patella

Any potential breeding dog must have what is called Hip and Elbow X-Rays to check for any signs of hip and elbow dysplasia and any abnormalities to ensure they are sound for breeding. These can be tested using BVA standards, OFA testing or PennHIP. The Patellas are usually  checked by the Vet during the Hip and elbow evaluation.

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Eye Tests

The BVA, (British Veterinary Association)

do a screening process for hereditary and non hereditary ocular conditions in dogs including PRA. This approach reassures our breeders that the dogs they use for breeding have healthy eyes.

This is a physical examination carried out by a specially trained Veterinary Surgeon.

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DNA Health Tests

This refers to a series of tests carried out by Australian Labradoodle breeders to test for any hereditary associated diseases.

These include, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), VWD (Von Willebrand Disease), EIC (Exercise Induced Collapse) and DM (Degenerative Myelopathy) 

Breeders can also test for IC, (Incorrect Coat) to ensure their dogs do not produce incorrect coats, however this has nothing to do with health and is purely cosmetic, but most breeders do test.

Dogs must be clear or carriers, if a dog is a genetic carrier of any of the above diseases, it does not have any affect on its health, but it must be bred to a clear dog to ensure no puppies are affected.