ALAA Breeder Q&A

Frequently asked Q and A

What is the difference between an F1, F1B, and the various types of Australian Labradoodles? How are Labradoodles graded?

F1: The "F" stands for "filial generation". "F1" means "first generation" and is a common scientific term. This, in the Labradoodle breed, is the coding for first-cross, purebred poodle to purebred Labrador Retriever. The results are mixed, as this is not the breeding of two "like" dogs, or dogs that resemble each other. F1 Labradoodles typically are moderate- to low- shedding and have a sparse-hair to fleece coat.

F1B: The additional “B” refers to backcross — an F1 Labradoodle, as defined above, bred (or backcrossed) to a purebred Poodle. Again, the results are mixed, as this is not the breeding of two "like" dogs. F1B labradoodles typically are low- to non-shedding if both parents non-shedding (or as much as any dog can be non-shedding) and often have a hair or fleece coat.

Australian Labradoodle: The Australian Labradoodle carries the DNA of the Labrador, Poodle and Cocker Spaniel (American or English). The resulting offspring share characteristics, though some pairings of parent dogs will produce a more mixed litter. An Australian Labradoodle can be created by crossing a Poodle to another Australian Labradoodle, a Cockapoo to a Labradoodle, a Labradoodle to a Cocker Spaniel and the like, resulting in the three-breed combination. Australian Labradoodles and Multigen Australian Labradoodles typically have a non-shedding coat (again, as much as any dog can be non-shedding) if both parents are non-shedding.

Multigen Australian Labradoodle (Multigenerational): A Multigenerational (Multigen) Australian Labradoodle comes about from the breeding of one Australian Labradoodle to another. Multigen Australian Labradoodles typically have a non-shedding coat (as much as a dog can be non shedding) if both parents are also non shedding.

Purebred Australian Labradoodle: The Merriam-Webster Dictionary first defined “purebred” in 1852 as “bred from members of a recognized breed, strain, or kind without admixture of other blood over many generations.” The AKC, meanwhile, requires four generations of like-to-like matings in their foundation service.

The ALAA uses these two references in its definition of a Purebred Australian Labradoodle. Once an Australian Labradoodle has been bred to another Australian Labradoodle in four consecutive matings, it will be considered purebred. http://alaa- labradoodles.com/uploads/GradingSchemeMarch2008.pdf

What is the Membership process?

Follow the instructions on the membership page to submit your application: http://www.alaa-labradoodles.com/BreederMembership.html

Who should I contact with questions?

• For questions about becoming a member owner, contact our Pet Membership Registrar at: Registrar@alaa-labradoodles.com

• For questions about becoming a member breeder, contact our Breeder Membership Registrar at: Registrar@alaa-labradoodles.com

• For questions about the registration of dogs or litters, contact our dog Registrar at: Registrar@alaa-labradoodles.com

• For questions about the blog, Facebook page or newsletter, contact the Public Relations Officer at: PR@alaa-labradoodles.com

• For financial questions, contact the Treasurer at: Treasurer@alaa-labradoodles.com

• For questions about using parent breeds other than a Labrador or Poodle, contact the Registrar at: Registrar@alaa-labradoodles.com

For questions about health testing of breeding dogs, contact the dog Registrar at: Registrar@alaa-labradoodles.com

• For interviews and other press inquiries, contact the Public Relations Officer at: PR@alaa-labradoodles.com

• For questions about the Code of Ethics or any of the Rules and Regulations, or to file for an exemption to a rule (including the grading scheme), contact the Quality Assurance Officer at: QA@alaa-labradoodles.com


How do breeders submit health testing documentation?

Contact the dog Registrar via email at:
Registrar@alaa-labradoodles.com

Can I volunteer for a committee?

Yes, there are always volunteer opportunities and we’re constantly on the lookout for volunteers. If you are interested in serving on a committee, notify the Secretary: Secretary@alaa- labradoodles.com

Can I volunteer to serve on the board?

Yes. If you are interested in joining the governing board, you should become familiar with our current officers and the responsibilities of each of the board positions. Officers are required not only to hold a position but also to take on other duties, run teams and initiatives to help the ALAA achieve yearly goals. The current duties of each ALAA board member are listed on the officers page next to their personal information.

Candidates vying to become board members are nominated in two ways. The first method is through nomination by a current board member as part of the annual vote. Each March, the existing ALAA board nominates a slate of candidates, who are introduced to general ALAA membership during our yearly open conference call. Members are then polled during an online vote to be held within three weeks of the conference call.

Because the board nominates each individual via a slate, the board must know you’re interested! Contact an officer to tell them why you want to serve and what you have to offer the organization.

From the ALAA By-Laws:

2005 Regulations 3.1 Election: At each annual organizational meeting of directors, the remaining officers shall nominate the open officer positions and the general membership shall vote upon and elect a president, a secretary, and a treasurer, and if desired a chairperson of the board, on or more vice presidents, and such other officers and assistant officers as may be deemed necessary. Any two or more of such offices may be held by the same person, but no officer shall execute, acknowledge or verify any instrument in more than one capacity if such instrument is required by law, the articles, or these regulations to be executed, acknowledged, or verified by two or more officers. A majority of the members that actually vote, shall determine the new officers.

The second method occurs when a position on the board opens outside the annual vote process. From the ALAA By-Laws:

2.5 Vacancies: In case of a vacancy in the board of directors the remaining members (of the board) by unanimous vote may elect a successor who shall hold office for the unexpired term. If the number of directors should at any time be less than the number necessary to constitute a quorum, or the remaining directors fail to agree promptly on a successor, then a special meeting of the members shall be called and held for the purpose of electing directors.

When filling vacancies, ALAA officers won’t know you’re interested in serving unless they have your resumé on file or you’re already volunteering on a committee.

What should I do if I make a mistake or if I think someone has broken a rule?

Consult the QA officer, who keeps a detailed quality assurance process. Tell the QA Officer about the infraction or complaint by email at: QA@alaa-labradoodles.com

What do I do if I want to file a complaint?

Click on the Complaint Form, download it to your computer, fill it in and e-mail it to the ALAA Quality Assurance Officer at:
QA@alaa-labradoodles.com


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What do I do if an official complaint is filed against me?

If you are contacted by the ALAA Quality Assurance Officer and informed of an active complaint, you will be asked to provide a written reply of explanation within 10 days. The ALAA Board will review all documentation and reserves the right to ask for additional information from all involved parties in order to make a decision. All parties will be informed of the ALAA Board’s decision in the matter of the complaint, and will be allowed 10 days to appeal or correct the complaint.

How does the ALAA change items like the Code of Ethics or the Breed Standard?

Once an item requires correction or change, it enters our quality assurance process. Depending on the nature of the change, either the entire membership will vote, or Breeder Members will vote to ratify the change. General Rules and Regulations not specifically in the Code of Ethics are amended by a vote of the governing board.

How are ALAA funds spent?

The ALAA is a nonprofit association which has both employees and volunteers tending to the needs of the organization. The ALAA staff includes but is not limited to the following employees: a Registrar and various assistants. This is subject to change as needed. The Registrar handles the registration of new Member Breeders, litter registrations, registration of breeding dogs, pet memberships, collects and checks on all health testing turned in which is required for membership, printing and mailing litter certificates and pedigrees, as well as maintains ALAA database services (DogTrack and StudFinder). The assistants do pedigree research, handle all the printing and mailing of the welcome kit for the new Pet Members after they have been processed by the registrar, which includes the pet’s pedigree, ALAA custom bandana, ALAA recyclable bag and a current issue of Modern dog magazine. They handle all the ordering and inventory for all the office supplies and custom items included in the new Pet Member welcome kit. They also handle all the promotional graphics used in the ALAA hosted events and assist the President with ordering, inventory, shipping supplies to various locations, managing the guest lists, name tags, printed material for guest speakers and event planning for all ALAA events. The ALAA conducts health clinics for the betterment of the breed, as well as organizes and hosts the yearly ALAA Breeder Roundtable, which is an educational conference to promote responsible breeding.

If I use a stud from a non-ALAA Member Breeder, what paperwork and health testing must I submit?

Health testing must be verified on every dog you breed. This includes studs belonging to non- ALAA members. The stud therefore must meet the minimum health requirements of the ALAA prior to breeding, and the breeder must submit this documentation to the dog registrar via fax, mail, or email.

The ALAA's policy is to register the stud dog and enter the testing data into the ALAA database to register the litter. If the stud owner does not want the testing to be entered into the ALAA database, we need a written letter detailing this request.
Please wait for confirmation that we have received the request. The stud dog will still be registered in the database, but the testing information data will be omitted.

Proof of breed must be submitted. This can be a pedigree traceable to another ALAA-registered dog, DNA for breed-tested dogs, or any dogs traced to registered purebred dogs in any ALAA recognized kennel club.

How do I determine if my dogs’ health testing is in compliance with ALAA regulations?

Email the dog Registrar: Registrar@alaa-labradoodles.com who will review your submission and let you know if any issues need to be addressed.

Do I need to register litters that were born before I became a member?

Only litters born after you become an ALAA member are required to be registered. All litters must be registered within 90 days of birth. There is a $12 fine per litter per month for late registrations up to 10 months after required registration date. This payment is levied in addition to the litter registration fee.

Litters registered between 11 and 18 months late will be assessed a $120 fine for late registration. Litters registered more than 18 months after birth will be addressed on an individual basis by the ALAA Board.

What is the litter registration process like?

Litters must be registered online. To register, perform the following steps:

1. Browse to the ALAA Dog Registry Log-in page.
2. Type your membership number and password in the appropriate fields and click “sign in.” The

member and breeder resources page appears.
3. Under “breeder resources,” click “Register a new litter.” The litter registration page appears. 4. Follow the instructions to register your litter online.
5. For payment, use the automated PayPal button at the end of the litter registration process.

Note: You may need to file some paperwork (stud certificates, change in status for frozen semen) with the dog Registrar prior to online registration. If you have any questions, email the dog Registrar at: registrar@alaa-labradoodles.com who can direct you to helpful links or forms.

Do I register co-owned dogs that are co-owned with a non-ALAA breeder?

Yes, per the ALAA Rules and Regulations:
A Breeder must register all breeding dogs owned or leased that are used in their Labradoodle breeding program including: Labradoodles, Poodles, Labrador Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels, Cockapoos and any derivatives. Dogs must be registered before they may be bred.

When the dog is registered, notify the dog Registrar about the co-ownership arrangement.

Do I register all litters produced by dogs co-owned with a non-ALAA breeder?

No, You do not register the litters produced by the dog’s co-owner, but are required to register all the litters produced by the ALAA Member Breeder.

Can I sell puppies produced from my co-owned dog that are not ALAA registered and a part of my breeding program?

No, Member Breeders must not use their ALAA website to market non-ALAA registered or registrable Labradoodles.

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Do all breeding dogs need to be DNA Profiled?

All breeding dogs must have permanent identification in the form of a unique microchip or tattoo. As of January 1st, 2015, any intact dog/puppy registered and kept for breeding, will be required to have a DNA Profile on file before they are used for breeding. This DNA Profile is required to be from Paw Print Genetics: https://www.pawprintgenetics.com/parentage/product-select/

The ALAA Code of Ethics requires DNA testing if a dog’s parentage is ever questioned.

How can I retain my own puppies for my breeding program?

When you register a litter, you must tell the dog Registrar which dogs you intend to retain for breeding.

How do I register puppies I have acquired for my breeding program?

If you have acquired a puppy for breeding, you must complete all required health testing before breeding that dog. If the dog does not meet ALAA health requirements for breeding stock, you may spay or neuter the puppy to sell as a pet.

If you re-sell the puppy, you must register the puppy with the ALAA if you are covering the dog under your kennel warranty, or if the owner perceives the dog as coming from your program.

If the puppy is being re-sold under the original owner/breeder’s health warranty and the original owner/breeder is not an ALAA member, the buyer must be notified of such. It becomes the responsibility of the original owner to register the puppy, if the original owner is an ALAA member. This applies only to puppies you have acquired — not dogs that have been whelped in your own program.

What must I do if I have acquired an adult dog for my breeding program?

If you are acquiring a dog older than 12 months for breeding, submit the registration paperwork within 90 days of the purchase, and submit required health testing before the dog is bred.

If you re-sell the dog, you must have registered the dog with the ALAA if you are covering the dog under your kennel warranty, or if the owner perceives the dog as coming from your program.

If the dog is being re-sold under the original owner/breeder’s health warranty and the original owner/breeder is not an ALAA member, the buyer must be notified of such. It becomes the responsibility of the original owner to register the dog, if the original owner is an ALAA member. This applies only to dogs you have acquired — not dogs that have been whelped in your own program.

Do I have to register all my puppies or just the breeding dogs I am retaining?

Once you are an active member of the ALAA, you must register all puppies born in your program within 90 days of being whelped.

Should I recommend the ALAA to my pet families or, is it primarily for breeders?

ALAA Membership is composed of Pet Owners and Breeder Members. Pet owner membership helps fund further research for the breed via genetic testing and ALAA sponsored health clinics. It helps to promote breeder education and responsible breeding practices in supporting our Annual Breeder Roundtable Conferences. It helps the ALAA maintain the world’s largest database for the preservation and advancement of the breed. And additionally, it helps to promote and support Doodle Romps.

A one-time, $30 fee gives dog owners lifetime ALAA Membership, connects you to a knowledgeable network of breeders and fellow owners, and directly supports our efforts to promote the health and well-being of this beloved developing breed, and to protect the future of the Labradoodle and Australian Labradoodle.

If you are not a member already, consider filling out an online application today: http://alaa- labradoodles.com/PetMembership.html

What are the requirements for the Silver and Gold Paws?

All ALAA Member Breeders must meet basic health testing requirements. Exceeding those requirements makes the Member Breeder eligible for Silver and Gold Paw status. See the Paw Rewards Program page for more details: http://www.alaa- labradoodles.com/PawRewardProgram.html

What do I do if I have a dual-sired litter?

The ALAA will require that all of the puppies in the litter, companion and retained puppies, be permanently identified by tattoo or microchip, and DNA proof of parentage be submitted before registration of the litter can be processed. The DNA test results must list ALAA registration names, numbers, and microchip numbers, for both the sire and dam, as well as microchip numbers for each puppy.

Note: Sires must be proven, not just excluded.

What do I do when I use frozen semen from a stud dog already neutered?

Contact the ALAA Registrar at: Registrar@alaa-labradoodles.com
He will briefly activate the stud dog in the registry in order for you to go ahead with your litter registration.

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Does the new registration acceptance policy apply to all breeders, or just International breeders?

Yes; the new registration acceptance policy applies to all breeders, in all countries. There are many dogs that are advanced in generation, and fully tested for generations that are being excluded because of the 100% traceable rule. By allowing these dogs into the registry the ALAA is hoping to strengthen the breed, broaden the lines available for use, while keeping health a top priority.

If I want to become an ALAA Member Breeder, do all of my dogs in my breeding program have to be registerable with the ALAA?

Yes; all dogs in an ALAA Member Breeder program have to meet one of the two listed criteria for registration, as well as adhere to all ALAA Breeder Member Rules and Regulations.

Will dogs already registered with another Labradoodle Association automatically be eligible for registration?

No; a dog is not automatically eligible for registration, but will need to meet one of the two registration requirements of being 100% traceable, or the new unverifiable ruling.

Will early generation Labradoodles be eligible for registration?

Yes; an early generation Labradoodle is registerable by meeting the 100% traceable ruling.

Does the ALAA require a 6 generation pedigree to be submitted when registering my dog?

Yes; the ALAA requires that a 6 generation pedigree be submitted, unless some generations are traceable through prior generations already in the ALAA database, or another accessible database such as AKC.

Does the ALAA require spaying or neutering of companion puppies?

No; the ALAA does not require spaying or neutering of puppies. When registering their litter, Breeder Members have the option to choose “entire” for intact puppies that are breeding prospects, “contract” for puppies that are sent home intact, but are intended as companion puppies, or “desexed” when the puppy has already been spayed or neutered. The ALAA offers a “limited registration” classification for any intact puppies that are not being retained as potential breeding prospects.

Can I turn in a pedigree with blank spaces, unknown dogs, or parent breeds other than Lab, Poodle, or Cocker?

No; you cannot turn in a pedigree with a blank space on the pedigree. Any dog without a traceable registration number from an accepted ALAA Registry must be a parent breed and be listed beyond the 3rd generation spot in the pedigree, not before.

Will the ALAA allow a dog with a known Wheaton infusion dog that is at least 4 generations back in a pedigree, to be eligible for registration, as long as the rest of the criteria are met?

No; the unverifiable ruling applies to approved parent breeds only. The Wheaton is not a part of the Breed Standard and would require a change in the Breed Standard to be considered eligible for registration. Changing the Breed Standard requires approval by membership. The ALAA understands this may be frustrating or perceived as unfair, but the ALAA is committed to maintaining accepted parent breeds.

Will the ALAA now allow registration of a dog with a previously classified “unauthorized” Cocker infusion, as long as they are in at least the 4th generation?

Yes; as long as it meets one of the two accepted registration policies, the 100% traceable rule or the newer unverifiable ruling.

Did the ALAA pursue forming sister organizations with other Labradoodle Associations in other countries?

Yes; the ALAA Board has given great consideration to joining with other Labradoodle Associations. This has been a goal previously and is a goal for the future, but at this time has not come to fruition.

Why is the ALAA allowing International individual breeders to become members?

The ALAA has routinely been asked about membership by breeders in other countries that do not belong to or live in a country that currently has an organization, as a result of these inquiries, the ALAA has chosen to not pick and choose who or where their membership comes from, but instead be all-inclusive to breeders around the world. It is the hope of the ALAA to be able to offer the opportunity to breeders who wanted to utilize the ALAA database, which includes generations of health testing, a stud finder, and the largest pedigree database in the world.

Under the new policy do all dogs need three generations of health testing, or only the ones with “holes” in their pedigree?

No; all dogs are not required to have three generations of health testing. This ruling only applies to dogs with a “hole” in their pedigree. This will allow dogs that will never be 100% traceable to an ALAA approved registry an alternative path to ALAA registration and breed contribution of genetics.

My dog has a pedigree that is 100% traceable per ALAA guidelines, so do I have to also meet the new requirements?

No; if your dog meets the currently accepted guidelines with a 100% traceable pedigree, then the health testing and generation requirement is not necessary. This change in registration requirement applies to tested, established dogs that do not meet the 100% traceable requirement. It is the ALAA’s goal to allow the breed it’s development and advancement, without limiting registration because a dog may have 1 dog in the 4th generation that cannot be accounted for via an ALAA approved registry.

Does an individual breeder’s pedigree constitute “traceable” if it goes back to pedigreed dogs but has not been verified through a third party institution?

As long as the registration numbers are provided and can be verified through the ALAA’s verification process, a pedigree from a breeder is acceptable.

If my dog meets the 100% traceable rule, do I need to submit their known PRA or EIC status?

No; if your dog meets the 100% traceable ruling you will only need to submit hip and elbow testing, you do not need to submit known PRA or EIC status for registration. The ALAA encourages their Member Breeders to health test beyond entry requirements with a Silver Paw and a Gold Paw Testing Program.

As a current ALAA Breeder Member, does this new ruling affect my present breeding program?

No; this new ruling does not affect any dogs that are currently ALAA registered, it only allows the opportunity for ALAA Member Breeders to look further into bloodlines that may have previously been unavailable to them under the 100% traceable rule.

Why is the ALAA adjusting the registration acceptance policy now?

There are not enough breeders in the US or other countries that are working with 100% provable pedigrees to create new lines. We no longer want to limit the available genetics in our breed by limiting multigenerational Australian Labradoodles that have 1 dog in the 4th or futher generation, that cannot be accounted for via an ALAA approved registry. If a dog doesn’t meet current 100% traceable linage, then this default consideration can be met or a breeder can continue to work towards meeting the requirements with dogs in their program.

Is this new registration policy going to lower the standards or quality of the Australian Labradoodle as a breed?

No; this will not lower the standards or quality of the Australian Labradoodle. There will be very few dogs that are eligible for registration under this new policy immediately, but it will be an attainable goal for breeders to strive for in the future. The unverifiable portion or “hole” in a pedigree can only come from a missing or unattainable registration number from a parent breed. It also has to be after the 3rd generation listed on the pedigree, not before.

The pedigree of a submitted application has to have a minimum of 3 generations; the submission is not limited to 3 generations. The dog will have a minimum of 3 generations of hip, elbow, and eye health testing to be eligible for consideration for registration. It must be a Multigenerational Australian Labradoodle, be DNA Typed, and have a known PRA and EIC status. All of these stringent requirements meet or exceed the current requirements for ALAA registered dogs with 100% traceable lineage.

Can I choose to only use ALAA dogs with a 100% provable pedigree?

Yes; you can choose to hire, use, or buy dogs that are 100% traceable. It is your right to choose the path and goals within your personal breeding program. If a dog has an unknown status for any dog in it’s background, it will be documented as “unverified” under that particular dog’s information, clearly stated on the pedigree.

What is the process when an ALAA Member Breeder registers a dog that was bought from an outside breeder whose kennel name is not registered with the ALAA?

When you register the dog, it specifically says, dogs name *omit kennel prefix, and then you must select the breeder from drop down menu. If the breeder is not on the list, you must contact the Registrar at: Registrar@alaa-labradoodles.com He will require you to send him the pedigree of the dog you are attempting to register, not it’s parents or grandparents, but the pedigree of the actual dog you are registering.

Whose Kennel name do you use?

The Kennel Prefix of the breeder that bred the dog should always be used, not the kennel prefix of the member buying the dog.

What is the maximum age for mating?

Based 
on this statement in our Code of Ethics: “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.”


This is from the Announcement dated August 12, 2010:

Clarification of Breeding Age Rule
“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.”
We have received questions regarding whether the maximum age is the sixth birthday or at the end of the actual age of six (seventh birthday). Since there are a couple of possible interpretations of the wording, we have decided to allow the more liberal interpretation that the maximum age for mating would be the seventh birthday.
The next time the membership votes on changes to the Code of Ethics, we will re-write the rule for clarity. For the record the Board has never enforced the age requirement.

DNA Profile Q and A:

What is a DNA Profile?

A DNA Profile is an individual unique fingerprint of your dog. It is a genetic form of identification. Just like people have unique fingerprints, dogs do too. It is NOT a pass or fail test, and it is NOT a test that indicates a breed or breeds, it is NOT a health test. It is a tool that can be used if parentage is ever in question on an ALAA registered dog. This is not a new practice and is commonly required by many breed clubs as well as the AKC.

What lab is required by the ALAA for DNA Profiles?

DNA Profiles are required to be done with one company, Paw Print Genetics, so that the proprietary markers being submitted to the ALAA are all the same for all dogs belonging to member breeders. Paw Print Genetics uses the same proprietary markers that the AKC requires, so we felt the stability and longevity of this DNA Profile through this company was important. This will allow the DNA Profiles to be used easily for identification or comparison, or in audit situations. Paw Print Genetics and the DNA Profiles are also available to our European Member Breeders.

If a litter registration was submitted prior to 1/1/15, but they are not yet showing that the registration has been finalized, do they need a DNA Profile?

All litters and dogs registered online before midnight on 12/31/14, will be manually backdated and grandfathered in, and will NOT be required to provide a DNA Profile. If you have a discrepancy, please contact the Registrar.

Note: If you look back at paperwork for a previously registered litter, the date the member breeder registered the litter is not the date the ALAA records as the official registration date. The date on the individual puppy registrations is the official registration date, and is set when the Registrar processes the litter. Moving forward, the registration process will remain the same and the registration date, will be the date the litter or said dog is processed.

Is the ALAA going to change the date of enforcement of the DNA Profile requirement?

No, after review of the questions asked, the impact on breeders and time in which a member breeder has to get the DNA profile done, it has been decided the date will stand. The Board realizes this announcement was released just a few days prior to the 1/1/15 date but again, has little to no impact on breedings planned either now or in the near future.

The Board has been working on this for months. We have been working with the programmer as well as making preparations for the website updates. Our programmer works on things in increments and then they go live, just like you have seen with the updates now. If he started to make changes on the website and in the database before membership was notified, and then someone noticed, that would have created even more questions, before the information was ready to be announced.

Historically, this is how database changes, website changes, and policy changes have been made. We realize it is imperfect and that releasing the announcement sooner would have been a preference for all, including the board, but it just couldn't be done. The work with programming had already been set in motion, and the time, energy and cost to start over would not have been in the best interest of the ALAA.

If I buy a dog that is already ALAA registered, but does not have a DNA Profile, do I have to turn one in with my transfer of ownership?

If you transfer the ownership of an ALAA dog registered prior to 1/1/15, a DNA Profile is not required. Breeding dogs that are ALAA registered prior to 1/1/15 are grandfathered in, this requirement is not retroactive, and these dogs are not required to have a DNA Profile.

If I buy a dog that is not ALAA registered, do I have to get a DNA Profile before registering its litters?

Yes, any newly registered dog after 1-1-15 is required to have a DNA Profile before any of its offspring can be registered.

If I use a stud not currently registered with the ALAA, is he required to have a DNA Profile?

No, you can use an outside stud dog and do NOT have to turn in a DNA Profile before registering that litter, but you DO have to follow all other requirements for health testing and registration.

For stud dogs that are currently only available using frozen semen, is a DNA Profile required?

All dogs stored with frozen semen are not required to stay current on any health testing or rules and regulations. The dog should be current on health testing and rules and regulations the date the semen is frozen, and then the dog’s status stays that way. Therefore, a DNA Profile is NOT required.

Paw Rewards Program Q and A:

Why is the ALAA changing the Gold Paw testing requirements?

The ALAA periodically reviews and re-evaluates the health clearances within the Paw Award Programs. As of January 1st, the thyroid test will no longer be a requirement to achieve Gold Paw Status, and instead, EIC (Exercise Induced Collapse) will be a new DNA test requirement. All Gold Paw Status Member Breeders will have until July 1, 2015 to test all breeding dogs, or turn in proper paperwork indicating said dog, is “Clear by Parentage”, for your kennel profile. From January 1st to July 1st you can have expired thyroid tests and be in the process of testing for EIC, without affecting your Gold Paw status. Once the grace period from January 1st to July 1st has expired, the transitionary period will be over, and a longer exemption will not be granted. Note: We are not saying you cannot or should not test for thyroid, just that we have taken a step back on requiring it for the Gold Paw Program.

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When will my Paw Status be updated, immediately or not until July 2015?

The Paw Reward system is an automated system; so when the programming adjustments are completed, the system should go back to sending automated responses to you when you qualify, or when you NO longer qualify, for a particular paw reward. You can also watch your breeder member listing on the ALAA website, and when the Gold Paw pops up beside your name, you will know it is official, and you can email the ALAA Secretary for an updated Gold Paw Logo. The system automatically updates every 24 hours. Please be patient through the programming changes and understand there are sure to be glitches in the system during the transition.

Do all dogs registered after 1/1/15 have to be tested to Gold Paw Level?

The Silver and Gold Paw Reward programs are voluntary programs, and they are not required for all members. At a minimum, the ALAA requires that all breeding dogs have their hips and elbows tested prior to breeding. The ALAA rewards Member Breeders who go above and beyond the minimum hip and elbow health testing requirements by issuing a Silver or Gold Paw Emblem. Member Breeders must maintain the listed level of health testing for all breeding dogs in their program in order to qualify for the Silver or Gold Paw.

Why is the ALAA concerned about EIC in our breed?

EIC is a debilitating, early onset disease that is easily preventable through a one time DNA test that gives the breeder accurate results in order to make sound breeding decisions. Affected dogs typically become weak in the hind limbs and collapse after 5-20 minutes of high intensity exercise, such as in field trials or upland game hunting, and in some cases simple fetch and retrieves. This is a debilitating health issue that is 100% preventable through DNA testing.

What is a DNA health test?

A DNA Health Test like EIC, PRA, or VWD is a definitive health-screening test that Member Breeders can use in determining health status.

If Paw Print Genetics is in litigation over their use of a patent that Optigen owns, will the rules for accepting results be changed if they lose the court case?

As long as PPG continues to provide accurate results in the same language as Optigen, the litigation will not affect the results or the ALAA’s acceptance of those results. PPG reports the results in exactly the same way as Optigen. There is no question of the language used for the interpretation of results with PPG. DNA health testing can be confusing to many and inconsistency in reports, language used, as well as general understanding of what the result means contributes to this confusion. By limiting the Labs allowed to be used, we are trying to minimize miscommunication, misinterpretation, and misunderstanding in language, which is why consistency in reporting is necessary.

If PPG loses the litigation, they will no longer be able to offer the test, so testing with them will be a non-issue. The ALAA will NOT make any tests from PPG be redone. If PPG loses the lawsuit, then Optigen will be the ONLY legally allowed testing center for PRA moving forward. If that were to happen, membership would be notified.

Can test results from Orivet be sent to ALAA if they were done PRIOR to 12/06/14?

The ALAA will accept ALL test results that were completed or pending from Orivet prior to our announcement on December 6, 2014. All testing from that date forward needs to be the labs listed above.

Why is Thyroid no longer included in the GOLD PAW Program?

Thyroid testing can be unreliable and has not been determined to be a major issue related to our breed, at this time. We are not saying that there have not been cases of thyroid issues, just that the incidence of issues is low, and that thyroid disease can be complicated. From a historical standpoint, the thyroid testing requirement for the Gold Paw Program has been an issue amongst breeders for many years, and requests for removal have been made on many occasions.

Thyroid results can be variable from lab to lab, breed to breed, and day to day. The risk of inaccurate results and removing dogs from a breeder’s program, along with the cost associated with inaccurate results, are not in the best interest of the breed, at this time. TGAA testing can also be susceptible to accidental or intentional false values. Equally as important, autoimmune thyroiditis (hypothyroidism) is very complex genetically.

How many generations of Clear by Parentage will be accepted?

For intact, breeding dogs born after 1/1/15, the ALAA will allow a Clear-by-Parentage submission for EIC, PRA, or VWD for two (2) generations only, after which the next generation needs to be DNA tested again. Any dogs that are born before that date will be allowed CBP submission as it has been allowed in the past. Note: OFA only allows for one generation of CBP and has strict rules for submission of proof.

Will the “Clear by Parentage” automatically fill in the ALAA database?

The current programming does not allow for automatic updates to CBP. You will need to submit proof of testing to the Registrar, which is how it is currently done.

Which labs are accepted by the ALAA for EIC?

The ALAA will accept EIC test results from the University of Minnesota, Paw Print Genetics, and Vetgen.

Which labs are accepted by the ALAA for PRA?

The ALAA will accept PRA test results from Optigen and Paw Print Genetics.

When will the computer programming be completed for the health testing database?

This upgrade will take some time to get in order and we ask for your patience as the final programming is taking place and the new system is tested. When it is complete you may need to re- submit some testing results to be placed into the proper areas, but when all is completed, the adjustments will be a huge improvement over the current system.

Where are the test results recorded in the ALAA Database that do not have a box assigned to them?

There is a "Notes" section in the ALAA Database at the bottom of your dogs’ health testing information. Dogs who have been tested for additional unlisted tests can have their results recorded in the "Notes" section. Not every dog has every extra test result noted. If a Member Breeder wants testing listed in the notes section, a request will need to be made to the registrar to add them.

Infusion Program Q and A:

Why is the ALAA now accepting the registration of English Cocker and American Cocker Spaniels?

In an effort to continue to expand the gene pool and support the growth of the breed, the ALAA will now accept the registration of all three parent breeds, the Labrador Retriever, the Poodle, and the English or American Cocker Spaniel. Previously, only Labrador Retrievers and Poodles were accepted through the basic registration process, and only the Cockapoo was accepted through the Infusion Process. American and English Cocker Spaniels will now be registered through the ALAA Infusion Process. The addition of the Cocker Spaniel will give our beloved breed more opportunity for gene pool advancement and help to maintain health
through genetic diversity.


What paperwork needs to be submitted prior to an Infusion breeding?

The entire Infusion Process is being streamlined so you no longer have to fill out the 3-part application for breed pair approval. You will only have to turn in the Breeding Pair Notification, with both parents’ information, to insure they meet the requirements to participate.

Your litter request will NOT be denied if the health testing and registration requirements are met. Your litter WILL be denied if the litter produced does not meet the requirements for registration. If you are unsure if a pedigree is registerable or not, you can submit any pedigree for verification for a fee. Remember it is the responsibility of the Breeder Member to verify a pedigree prior to the use or purchase of said dog. The ALAA is not responsible for the registration of any dog that does not meet these requirements.

The Breeding Pair Notification will need to be turned in as a check and balance, to be certain both dogs meet the health testing requirements. Any Cocker Spaniel or Cockapoo registered with the ALAA will need to be tested to the Gold Paw level. If there are any health tests pending that are informational only, your litter will NOT be denied. Example of a litter denied... PRA carrier on Dam and PRA status unknown on Stud. This pair would not be approved until the PRA status is known, to prevent ever producing PRA affected dogs.

There will no longer be submission for approval, or additional fees for processing additional paperwork on the litter. You do not have to have 18 months of membership, nor do you have to have bred 4 litters of Australian Labradoodles. The entire Infusion Process is being streamlined to eliminate additional forms and fees, and requirements for time or litters produced as a member. This is time consuming paperwork for both the ALAA Board as well as the Member Breeder.

With a mating to an English/American Cocker Spaniel or a Cockapoo, do both dogs have to be tested to the Gold Paw Level?

Yes, the Cocker Spaniel and the Cockapoo need to meet all heath testing and registration requirements prior to being bred, and the dog being mated to the Cocker Spaniel or Cockapoo must be tested to the Gold Paw level also.

Do the new infusion rules change the requirement for non-breeding puppies to have ES&N prior to going home?

Yes, you are no longer required to ES&N puppies produced in infusion litters.

For ALD’s, Cockapoos, and Cocker Spaniels that previously were not 'acceptable' for ALAA registration, or where there was an unapproved infusion, will those dogs or their offspring now be accepted?

If a cockapoo was previously denied registration, it will still be denied registration.
If an unapproved cockapoo infusion was done, the progeny can be registered under the 
unverifiable registration path: http://alaa-labradoodles.com/BreederMembership.html

If I had a Cockapoo and got it tested to the new gold paw level, I can 
register it as a breeding dog and get an ALAA registration number for it?

As long as the cockapoo meets all ALAA registration and health requirements within the infusion program, it can be ALAA registered.

Would I then register litters from my Infusion litter the same way I register my non-Infused ALD litters?

As long as all health testing requirements are met with both parents, and you breed that cockapoo within the guidelines of the Infusion Program, all puppies would be registered in the same way your other litters are registered.

Would a dog with a great-grandparent Cockapoo be registerable?

If the cockapoo is in the 3rd generation, a dog can be registered through either the AKC traceable path or the “unverified” registration path.

Will infusion, Cockapoo or Cocker Spaniel, still need to be approved by the Infusion Committee?

There is no longer an infusion committee. All Cocker Spaniel or Cockapoos will go through the infusion registration process with the Registrar and will be registered as long as they meet the registration requirements.

Will the Infusion Committee continue to exist?

The infusion committee has been completed and disbanded since 2009. The ALAA board has processed the infusion paperwork, since that time. There has not been an actual approval process but a checks and balances that all the necessary paperwork was due and turned in. 


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