Hopscotch Australian Labradoodles - 2 Year Health Guarantee

Health Testing and Your Hopscotch Puppy’s 2 Year Health Guarantee

DNA profiling of our breeding dogs provides you with a reliable assurance that you are purchasing a healthy Australian Labradoodle puppy. We stipulate that the disease status (CLEAR, CARRIER or AFFECTED) for the specified hereditary diseases outlined below be CLEAR in all of our breeding dogs prior to commencement of any breeding program. This testing enables us to offer a 2 year health guarantee for all of our HOPSCOTCH bred Australian Labradoodle Puppies. Join us in the battle to eradicate genetically inheritable diseases by insisting on viewing any potential new puppies' parents DNA reports. Together we can promote ethically responsible breeding.

Health Testing

All of our breeding dogs must report CLEAR status on the below DNA tests:

Cystinuria (SLC3A1) Labrador Retriever Type

Cystinuria was one of the first identified inborn defects of metabolism. It is as an inherited defect of renal transport that included malabsorption of cystine and the dibasic amino acids ornithine, lysine and arginine, collectively known as COLA.

SEVERITY: Low-Moderate. This disease can cause some discomfort and/or dysfunction in the affected animal. It does not generally affect life expectancy.

Progressive Rod Cone Degeneration (prcd) - PRA

Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a collection of inherited diseases affecting the retina that cause blindness.  Each breed exhibits a specific age of onset and pattern of inheritance, and the actual mechanism by which the retina loses function can vary.  The result of almost all types of PRA is similar - generally an initial night blindness, with a slow deterioration of vision until the dog is completely blind.

SEVERITY: Low-Moderate. This disease can cause some discomfort and/or dysfunction in the affected animal. It does not generally affect life expectancy.

Degenerative Myelopathy

This disease is normally seen around middle age, and in general diagnosis can only be confirmed at post mortem examination. Breed surveys of some predisposed breeds indicate a fairly low occurrence rate, but most experts think this rate is actually much higher, due to the lack of post mortem follow up of the majority of suspected cases. Signs are due to the immune-mediated destruction of a part of the nerves in the spinal cord, leading to loss of these nerve fibres. The first sign is knuckling of the hind feet, and hind limb ataxia. Once the spinal cord damage progresses past this initial stage (termed proprioceptive deficits), the effectiveness (if any) of treatment is much diminished

SEVERITY: Moderate. This disease can cause significant signs of discomfort and/or dysfunction in affected animals. It may involve relatively high treatment/management costs, and can sometimes reduce life expectancy.

Exercise Induced Collapse (Retriever Type)

This is an autosomal recessive condition that affects Labradors, as well as several other related breeds. The condition is also seen in mixed breeds, mainly Labrador crosses

SEVERITY: Low-Moderate. This disease can cause some discomfort and/or dysfunction in the affected animal. It does not generally affect life expectancy.

von Willebrand's Disease Type I

Von Willebrand’s disease is the most common inherited bleeding disorder in dogs and occurs when there is a lack of functional von Willebrand factor.

SEVERITY: Moderate. This disease can cause significant signs of discomfort and/or dysfunction in affected animals. It may involve relatively high treatment/management costs, and can sometimes reduce life expectancy.

Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is a common skeletal diseases in dogs. It is a debilitating condition where hip joints fail due to abnormal development and gradual deterioration which leads to loss of function of the hip joint (and mobility) all together.

The causes may be genetic and/or environmental making it a tricky condition to eradicate. Thus it is important for owners to discourage their new puppy from jumping and climbing excessively, especially during early growth periods, and prevent excessive weight gain to aid in the prevention hip problems.

As some breeds are more likely to have a genetic predisposition for hip dysplasia than other breeds, we have all of our breeding dogs hips' X-rayed and scored. Any dog failing these tests are desexed and retired from our breeding program.

SEVERITY: Moderate. This disease can cause significant signs of discomfort and/or dysfunction in affected animals. It may involve relatively high treatment/management costs, surgery and can sometimes reduce life expectancy.

Hopscotch 2 Year Health Guarantee

Strict adherence to the testing of all breeding dogs in our program enables us to offer a 2 year health guarantee for our Hopscotch Australian Labradoodle Puppies against the above specified DNA tested genetic diseases. This gives you both piece-of-mind (knowing you are adopting a happy & healthy Australian Labradoodle) and a sense of empowerment as a participant in the movement toward the universal adoption of socially & ethically responsible dog breeding!

 

Useful Genetic Information

Orivet Australian Labradoodle Breed Profile