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Health testing

Certain breeds of dogs are susceptible to a variety of inherited health concerns. Our breeding program ensures all dogs included in our program have met stringent health standards so that the best genetic contribution can be passed on to our the development of the Australian  Labradoodle breed, our future breeders and of the puppies. 

We believe in the importance of providing you with a healthy a companion to cherish for many years. Our Labradoodles are not just dogs, they grow up to be life-long friends, best buddies, assistance or therapy companions and for these important roles, our dogs need to be as happy and as healthy as we can make them. 

Great Glen Australian Labradoodles is accredited with the  World Australian Labradoodle Association (WALA) and abides by the association’s health testing protocols.

Testing for:

prcd‐PRA – a disease that causes blindness Progressive, rod cone degeneration.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (prcd-PRA) is a genetically inherited eye disease that leads to blindness. Labradors, Poodles and at least 28 other dog breeds can carry this hereditary eye disease that causes cells in the retina at the back of the eye to degenerate and die. ​

EIC - Exercise induced collapse  A genetic neuromuscular disorder that causes the dog to collapse after a period of intense exercise or excitement.

VWD - Von Willebrand Disease 1  A bleeding disorder which results in excessive bleeding due to a defect in platelet function and the bloods inability to clot.

DM -Degenerative Myelopathy A disease of the spinal cord resulting in non-painful progressive hind limb paralysis.

IC - Incorrect Coat  Australian labradoodles require the desired coat type which is known as “Furnishings”. An incorrect coat lacks these “Furnishings” which results in short hair on the head, face and legs.

Great Glen breeding dogs also undergo the following additional tests:

Patella Luxation Test  Luxating (out of place) patella can cause limping, pain and osteoarthritis.

British Veterinary Association testing for:

Eyes  Checking the health of the parents eye for additional disease that may render the dog unsuitable for breeding.

Hip Dysplasia   –  All dogs included in our breeding program have radiological screening (X-ray) to assess the likelihood that hip and or elbow joints might be prone to dysplasia.  Canine hip dysplasia is a disease of the joints and is a developmental abnormality of the hip joint. It can cause osteoarthritis, which is a painful and debilitating condition. We only select dogs with acceptable test scores to minimize the chance of transmitting the disease to our pups. The test doesn’t enable us to guarantee that the disease will never affect puppies, only that the risk is very small. 

Elbow Dysplasia  Developmental abnormalities in the joint due to abnormal growth resulting in lameness and osteoarthritis.  

 All dogs used in Great Glen Doodles  breeding program have been screened to ensure that this disease will never be transmitted to our puppies. 

Our 2 year genetic health guarantee is in place to cover the rare chance that a puppy does develop the disease. Please keep in mind that genetics is not the only factor to shape a dog’s health. 

  • In the very young pup and older dog, discourage jumping from heights (eg on and off the furniture or the back of the car) – lift your dog up and down instead. 

  • Exercise your dog appropriately, provide a balanced diet and avoid obesity. 

What does Great Glen Doodles offer as a health guarantee? Our companion puppy contracts offer a 2 year health guarantee should we confirm that your Great Glen Doodle puppy is affected by any of the above conditions.   If you believe your puppy is not in optimum health we encourage you to contact us. 

It is important that health concerns are disclosed and we encourage you to contact us if you have any concerns – likewise it is our duty to advise pet owners of any health conditions that we are made aware of if there is concern that an inherited trait may affect your dog. 

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