Australian Labradoodles are generally healthy dogs, because from the onset of their breeding history only the healthiest dogs were bred from, and being a relatively new breed the gene pool is large and inbreeding is unheard of. However like all breeds there are certain conditions that they may be prone to. Testing has developed very much over the last few years so some older dogs may only have a basic few.
1) Hip Scoring
Parents: BVA Hip and Elbow scores –Hips to be 18 or less in total. Elbows 0-1
PennHip score grading to be no higher than 0.5 on each hip, with nil elbow dysplasia.
OFA to be Excellent, Good or Fair with negative for elbow dysplasia.
2) Health testing
DNA test showing that neither parent is ‘At risk’ of developing the disease it should show ‘clear’, its ok if just one parent is a ‘carrier’ as long as the other parent is ‘clear’, for the following:
Von Willebrand Disease 1
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRCD)
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (CRD4)
Neonatal Encephalopathy with Seizures
Heriditary Nasal Parakeratosis
Other tests for rarer diseases would include:
Pyruvate Kinase deficiency
Myotubular myopathy 1
Congenital myasthenia syndrome
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA-GR2)
3) Eye test
Once dogs get to 2 years they should start having biennially the BVA (or equivalent) eye test to check for hereditary eye disease.