KEY TO HEALTH TESTS
FOR
GOLDENDOODLE & LABRADOODLE
BREEDING DOGS


The complete list of Suggested Health Tests by breed is here

 this dot on the Breeders' Table signifies that a breeder has completed the breed specific testing listed below on their breeding dogs.  Some breeders choose to test other breeds as well.

 this dot on the Breeders' Table signifies that a breeder has tested some breeding dogs in the kennel, and others are awaiting testing.

HIPS
(retrievers & poodles & progeny)
Hip Dysplasia is one of the most frequently occurring problems in large breed dogs.  HIP TESTING is paramount as the incidence of HD is much higher than other genetic problems.  The incidence of eye, cardiac, vWD, etc. has been comparatively rare in Doods.

Find out why a breeder should be testing hips on their breeding dogs  -  

INCIDENCE OF HD (percentage of breed dysplastic according to the OFA) :
Golden Retriever - 19.5%
Poodle - 11.9%
Labrador Retriever - 18.4%

When asking a breeder about
Hip certification
      Look for one of the of the following certifications:
     OFA certificate or prelim
     PennHIP certificate
     BVA (British Veterinary Association) certificate


EYES
(retrievers & poodles & progeny)
Eye screening by a certified Canine Opthamologist is recommended before breeding Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers and Poodles.  Find out more about annual CERF eye testing  -


When asking a breeder about
Eye certification
      Look for one of the following certifications:
    CERF certificate
    clearance by a Canine Opthamologist
    prcdPRA testing - Progressive Retinal Atrophy - Optigen now provides an easy DNA test which will definitively show if a dog is affected or a carrier.  (not available for Standard Poodles or Goldendoodles)


ELBOWS
(retrievers & progeny)
Elbow dysplasia is an inherited disease, and it is recommended to screen the elbows of both Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever breeding dogs.  For more information, visit the OFA site -

  (for information about Elbow testing - click here)

When asking a breeder about
Elbow certfication
        Look for one of the following certifications:
     OFA certificate
     BVA (British Veterinary Association) certificate



CARDIAC
(australian labradoodles, golden retrievers & progeny)
Australian Labradoodles and Golden Retrievers can inherit congential heart defects and breeding dogs should be examined annually by a Canine Cardiologist, or a Vet with access to Dopler echocardiography.  A dog with cardiac clearance either has no murmur, or an 'innocent' murmur.  Although these two hybrids are more prone to cardiac problems, some breeders test other breeding dogs as well.

  (for information about Cardiac testing - click here)

When asking a breeder about
Cardiac Clearance
 Look for one of the following certifications:
    OFA certificate
    heart clearance by Canine Cardiologist



THYROID
(golden retrievers, standard poodles & progeny)
Standard Poodles are prone to hypothyroidism and breeding dogs should be tested for thyroid malfunction.   Testing is done by sending in a blood sample for diagnosis.  Although Standard Poodles are more prone to thyroid problems, some breeders test other breeding dogs as well.

  (for information about Thyroid testing - click here)

When asking a breeder about
Thyroid Clearance
Look for one of the following certifications:
    OFA certificate



von Willebrand's Disease
(poodles & progeny)
Von Willebrand's is an inherited disorder that affects blood clotting.  All Poodle and Golden Retriever breeding dogs should be tested.  There is a DNA test available by VetGen which will identify some breeds as a Carrier, Affected or as Clear of the disease, although this method has not been independantly validated.  There is also blood test available through Cornell University.

  (for information about vWD  - click here)

When asking a breeder about
Von Willebrand's Disease (vWD)
Look for either :
    dog tested by VetGen and cleared
    dog tested by Cornell University and cleared
    dog cleared by parentage (both parents were tested and cleared)




PATELLAR LUXATION
(mini poodles & progeny)
Small and miniature breed dogs are prone to patellar luxation (slipping of the kneecap).

  (for information about Patellar Luxation  - click here)

When asking a breeder about
Patellar Luxation
Look for the following certification:
     OFA certificate



PRA DNA test
(mini poodles & progeny)
Progressive Retinal Atrophy are diseases which affect the retina of the eye.  It is an inherited group of diseases found in Toy & Miniature Poodles causing degrated eyesight and possible blindness.  A DNA test offered by OptiGen will determine Normal,  Probable Carriers, and Probably Affected dogs.

      (for information about PRA - click here)

When asking a breeder about
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) DNA test
Look for one of the following tests:
    testing by HealthGene  (Goldendoodles.com breeders receive a 5% discount)
    testing by OptiGen




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The information contained on this site is in no way intended to replace that of proper veterinary advice, diagnosis or treatment.
It is meant to provide resource, so that we can better understand canine health related issues.





                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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