ALAA Member Breeder Code of Ethics

  • ALAA Code of Ethics (Revised 2010)


    As an accredited breeder and member of the Australian Labradoodle Association of America, I pledge to the ALAA that:


    • I shall at all times ensure all dogs under my control are properly housed, fed, watered and exercised, and I will see that they receive proper veterinary care when required;

    • My membership has never been revoked or suspended by a canine association, or, if it has, I have provided details relating to such an incident;

    • I will speak about fellow breeders and their animals truthfully and respectfully at all times;

    • I will register my kennel and dogs with state and local authorities yearly, if applicable, based on my conditions;*

    • I agree to a kennel inspection and audit if requested by ALAA officers or their regional representatives;

    • I shall breed with the soundness of the Labradoodle or Australian Labradoodle in mind, and I agree to test all breeding stock for hip dysplasia prior to breeding.  I shall not breed with a dog that does not meet the minimum health testing requirement for membership.

    • I will not sell or trade my dogs to any commercial animal wholesalers or retail pet dealers/traders;

    • I shall not sell or place a puppy younger than 8 weeks. I will wean, desex or place under a spay/neuter contract all non-breeding puppies.

    • I shall tag all puppies I produce, sell or trade with permanent identification in the form of a tattoo or microchip;

    • I shall DNA all breeding stock no later than 12 months of age. Selected DNA centers have been made available. If DNA has not been submitted to the selected DNA center but done elsewhere, and parentage is ever in question it is the responsibility of the breeder to submit further DNA samples to the selected Association DNA centers.

    • I shall submit litter recordings to the ALAA for all litters bred by me no later than 12 weeks from the litter’s date of birth;

    • I shall ensure to the best of my ability that all persons acquiring dogs from me clearly understand their responsibility for the care and welfare of the animal and have made the necessary preparations for keeping of the dog;

    • I shall help educate potential purchasers regarding responsible dog ownership and will offer to take back and re-home any dog from my program if the purchaser no longer wants it; or, if not urgent, I will work with the owner to find a new home for the dog;

    • I shall provide to purchasers written instructions for dietary and veterinary care and training, and/or an appropriate publication detailing same;

    • I shall not misrepresent the qualities of the Labradoodle or Australian Labradoodle, including any guarantee of allergy-friendliness.

    • I will breed the Labradoodle and Australian Labradoodle responsibly and will keep proper records of my breeding stock’s offspring, including any genetic defects I am aware of. If I am made aware that I’ve produced a puppy with a life-inhibiting genetic defect, I will rearrange my breeding program to reflect more responsible breeding and will avoid future mating between that breeding pair;

    • I will supply the purchaser and the ALAA with a copy of my program’s guarantee (The ALAA understands that the extent of each breeder’s guarantee will be different, but it requires that all buyers become familiar with a breeder’s guarantee before any booking/deposit/purchase has been completed);

    • I am aware that it is a criminal act to use an ALAA banner or logos if I am not accredited or if I am suspended or awaiting suspension;

    • I shall follow all laws pertaining to the care and keeping of dogs in my state, county and municipality;

    • When I give a dog or puppy to a family as a gift or donation, I shall obtain confirmation that the recipient is willing to accept the dog and provide appropriate care.

    • I shall not purposefully breed from any bitch before she has reached twelve months of age or after she has reached six years of age.

    • I recognize that, to be reinstated, any member who has been suspended, has voluntarily removed themselves or has requested to leave the ALAA must be approved by a unanimous vote of ALAA officers, as well as meet all basic membership requirements, and

    • I shall obtain written approval from the ALAA if my program is to deviate from this code of ethics in any way. (Exemptions should be emailed to your the ALAA Secretary and will be reviewed by Quality Assurance Board.} 



    ALAA Code of Ethics (May 2006 revised)


    In consideration of the ALAA electing me/us to its Accredited Breeders membership under the ALAA Sister Association group, and approval of that renewal, I pledge to the ALAA, that:


    • I shall at all times ensure all dogs under my control are properly housed, fed, watered, exercised and receive Veterinary care when required.

    • I have never had my membership revoked or suspended by a Canine Association or if so, have provided with this application the details relating to such an incident.

    • I will refer to fellow breeders and their animals truthfully and respectfully at all times.

    • I will register my kennel and dogs with State and Local Registry Boards, yearly, if applicable based on my conditions**

    • I agree to a kennel inspection and audit if requested by my ALAA Sister Association Executive Officer or their regional representatives.

    • I shall breed with the soundness of the Labradoodle or Australian Labradoodle in mind and agree to test all breeding stock for hip dysplasia before any of their entire (non spay/neutered) offspring leave my premises. I shall not breed with a dog diagnosed with hip dysplasia.*

    • I will not sell or trade my dog/s to any commercial animal wholesalers or retail pet dealers/traders.

    • I shall not sell or dispose of a puppy under the age of 8 weeks. I will wean, desex OR place under a spay/neuter contract non-breeding puppy/s, and vaccinate puppy/s between the age of 6-8 weeks, thus allowing the necessary 10 to 14 days for the vaccinations to take effect.

    • I shall use a permanent form of identification, either tattoo or microchip, on all puppies I sell or trade.

    • I shall DNA all breeding stock no later than 12 months of age. Selected DNA centers have been made available in each country under the IALA Sister Associations. If DNA has not been submitted to the selected DNA center but done elsewhere, and parentage is ever in question it is the responsibility of the breeder to submit further DNA samples to the selected IALA Sister Association DNA centers.

    • I shall submit litter recordings to the appropriate IALA Sister Association for all litters bred by me no later than 12 weeks from the litters DOB.

    • I shall ensure to the best of my ability that all persons acquiring dogs from me clearly understand their responsibility for the care and welfare of the animal, and have made the necessary preparations for the keeping of the dog.

    • I shall help educate potential purchasers regarding responsible dog ownership and offer to take back any dog bred by me for re-homing if unwanted for any reason at any time by the purchaser, or help the owner to find a new home for the dog if not urgent.

    • I shall provide to the purchasers written details of dietary, training and veterinary care and/or an appropriate publication.

    • I shall not misrepresent the qualities of the Labradoodle or Australian Labradoodle including any guarantee of allergy friendliness and if any dog bred by me is sold on the understanding that it will not affect a person’s allergies and it does do so, then I will take back the dog and refund the purchaser’s purchase price, less my costs.

    • I will breed the Labradoodle and Australian Labradoodle responsibly and keep proper records of my breeding stocks offspring, as much as possible, with any genetic defects I might be notified of noted in my records. If I am made aware that a mating that I have done has produced a puppy with a life inhibiting genetic defect I will rearrange my breeding program to reflect responsible breeding to avoid future mating with that breeding pair to each other.

    • I shall supply all persons purchasing dog/s bred by me a copy of my guarantee and a copy to the appropriate IALA Sister Association, for no less that 2 years of age or more against any life inhibiting genetic defect with a puppy replacement, refund, and/or moral support provided. The IALA Sister Associations realize the extent of each breeders guarantee will be individually different, but we do require that all buyers know what your guarantee as an IALA Sister Association Breeder is before any booking/deposit/purchase has been made.

    • I am aware that it is a criminal act to use the IALA or IALA Sister Association Banners if I am not accredited or if I am suspended or pending suspension.

    • I shall follow all laws pertaining to the care and keeping of dogs in my state and county.

    • I shall obtain confirmation when a dog or puppy is given as a gift or donation to families, that the recipient is willing to accept the dog and able to provide appropriate care.

    • I shall not purposely breed from any bitch kept by causing it to be mated before it is twelve months of age or after six years of age.

    • Any member suspended, voluntarily removing themselves or being requested to leave the IALA, or IALA Sister Associations must have 100% IALA Sister Association officer vote approval before reinstatement in addition to fulfilling all requirements for membership.

    • I shall obtain written approval of my IALA Sister Association for any variation to this code of ethics specific to my program. Exemptions should be emailed to your IALA Sister Association Secretary and will be reviewed by your IALA Sister Association Quality Assurance Board.

    * Hip testing must be submitted to the ALAA Registrar by September 1, 2006. **not applicable under certain state and local requirements based on the number of dogs, or income produced, not applicable in Canada. If a kennel license is not applicable, available or required a IALA/ALAA inspection is mandatory.


    Prior to May 2006:


    • Ensure that at all times all dogs under my control are properly housed, fed, watered, exercised and receive proper veterinary attention, if and when required.

    • Not allow any dogs under my care to roam at large and when away from home ensure they are kept fully leashed, or under effective control, at all times.

    • Breed only for the purpose of providing dogs which truly reflect the hallmarks of the Labradoodle and Australian Labradoodle which are; soundness of mind/body and allergy-friendly and non shedding coats

    • Not breed from any bitch kept by causing it to be mated before it is twelve months of age.

    • Not sell or otherwise transfer any puppy under eight weeks of age.

    • Ensure appropriate vaccines for age and location will be given prior to leaving the member's premises taking into account the necessary number of days for the vaccine to take affect.

    • Educate and provide written details to all persons acquiring dogs with written guidelines re their responsibility for the emotional well being and physical care of the dog.

    • Provide to all those acquiring dogs from me written details of all dietary and immunisation requirements appropriate for location and age.

    • Not sell any dog to commercial dog wholesalers, retail pet dealers, or directly or indirectly to allow a dog to be given as a prize or donation in a contest of any kind.

    • Obtain confirmation when a dog or puppy is given as a gift or donation to families with special needs, that the recipient is willing to accept the dog and able to provide appropriate care.

    • Not knowingly misrepresent the coat-type, allergenic properties of the dog, nor falsely advertise, or mislead any person regarding the specific characteristics of any dog.

    • Ensure when selling or transferring a dog to another person that documents as required by ILA Rules or Regulations will be provided to the purchaser or transferee. 


    Any member failing to observe any provisions of the Code of Ethics may be subject to ILA disciplinary action including, but not limited to, removal from the Register and disqualification from membership (without refund of monies paid).



* Not applicable under certain state and local requirements. Not applicable in Canada. If a kennel license is not applicable, available or required, an ALAA inspection is mandatory.






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