Frequently Asked Questions...

WALA Overview
Why did you create WALA?
  • We created the WALA because we want to be part of a breed association that prioritizes health outcomes based on science and research, operates with the highest levels of integrity, engages members in decision making, and promotes the protection and advancement of the breed through education and communication.

  • We created the WALA because we want to be part of a breed association that seeks greater cooperation and collaboration among breeders and breed clubs worldwide. The WALA welcomes all breeders worldwide and honors all pedigrees of researched and approved sister organizations. Our mission is to be the organization that unites worldwide Australian Labradoodle breeders in a mutual commitment to the long-term benefits of high standards in breeding practices.

Do you plan to work collaboratively with other breed associations?
  • We look forward to opportunities to work with other breed associations on issues that impact the entire community. We believe that by collaborating, we will establish a stronger foundation from which to protect and advance the breed.

WALA Governance
How was the Board of Directors selected?
  • The Founders Group of the WALA consisted of 28 individuals. The Board of Directors represents 11 volunteers from this Founders Group.

Why is there a transition period before elections?
  • Launching a new organization is a complex and labour-intensive endeavor. We felt that growing the organization from its mission and principles to achieving its vision would best be achieved through consistent representation. Throughout this transition period, there will be many opportunities for members to participate in the growth of the WALA, particularly as members of Committees. Our transition plan consists of five progressive provisional years leading to the establishment of fully democratic elections and membership self-governance. 

WALA Membership
How do I join?
  • Please visit our website for detailed instructions. How to Become a Member. We advise interested breeders to review our Rules and Regulations and Code of Ethics, as well as our Bylaws. If you believe your breeding program operates within these requirements, we then invite you to submit an application. Once your application is reviewed, we will communicate with you to finalize your registration.

What are the costs to join?
  • New member registration is $250. Annual renewal is $125. Please note that fees are charged in the currency of your country of residence. Other fees are identified on the website.

  • Registration of all breeding dogs is free during the first year of the WALA, Nov 15, 2018 – Nov 15, 2019.

Can I be a member of the WALA and also belong to other breed associations?
  • Absolutely.

WALA Volunteer Opportunities
Can I volunteer for the WALA?
  • Yes! We are actively seeking volunteers for numerous exciting roles that will enable you to play a meaningful role in the growth and development of the WALA. Please send an email via the Contact Us page on the website.

What Committees do you propose to form?
  • In the short term, we are looking for volunteers to participate in the Research and Education Committee, Planning and Priorities Committee, Audit and Ethics Committee, and Health and Development Committee.

Does the WALA Have a Database?
  • Yes! Our comprehensive database currently features numerous helpful tools for managing your breeding program and pedigrees. These include COI calculation on every dog, the ability to upload all testing for all dogs for other breeder members to see, the ability to upload multiple pictures, trial matings between your dog and another member’s stud you may be considering using to access COI.... and much more!

  • Please click on this link for the Cocker Spaniel Database to see a sample of the database program we are using.

What Makes the WALA Unique?
How are you different than other breed associations?
  • Each breed association has a slightly different history and focus. The WALA aims to inspire the continuing improvement of the Australian Labradoodle and Labradoodle breeds through education, communication, and integrity in breeders and owners.

  • Our Mission is to unite worldwide Australian Labradoodle breeders in a mutual commitment to the long-term benefits of high standards in breeding practices. As an association that strives to bring breeders together, we seek to establish cooperative and collaborative relationships with fellow breeders and breed associations. Here are a few of the ways we hope to inspire connection between breeders worldwide: 

    1. The WALA fees are paid in the currency of your country of residence.

    2. Rather than approving individual dogs in accordance with our own WALA registration requirements, we accept all pedigrees from other approved breed associations. 

    3. Together we are stronger! We will seek opportunities to collaborate with fellow breed associations on matters of mutual interest and importance, such as research initiatives that impact our breed as a whole. 

WALA Member Support 
How do I become a member?
I want to serve on a Committee. Who should I contact? 

I have a question about the Star Program. Who should I ask?

Should I submit my membership fee before or after my application is approved?
  • Please submit fee after approval has been obtained.

Do infusions have to be pre-approved?  
  • No. Infusions do not have to be pre-approved if you are sure that the breeding fits within the WALA infusion guidelines. If you would like to validate before proceeding with the breeding, send an email to our Infusion Team Member.

One of the dogs in my program is registered with another breed club but would not be allowed under the WALA’s infusion rules. Can I still register him?
  • Yes, we will allow all dogs registered with approved clubs to be registered with the WALA even if they would not be allowed to be bred as a WALA member. However, they will be graded according to the WALA rules. Other than the cost of a possible pedigree search, registration of breeding dogs is free from Nov 15, 2018 – Nov 15, 2019.

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I have one or more unregistered dogs that do not meet WALA registration requirements. Can I still join?
  • No. Breeders with one or more dogs that do not meet the WALA registration requirements and that are not registered with another approved breed club, are not eligible to join.

 

My dogs are not registered with a breed club, but they meet the WALA registration requirements. Can I join? 
  • Yes. Provided all your dogs meet the WALA registration requirements, you are welcome to join.

What if my country's regional laws are in conflict with WALA?
  • All WALA Member Breeders are required to respect WALA Rules and Regulations and Code of Ethics as a condition of membership. In cases where the regional laws of the WALA Member Breeder's country of residence are in conflict with the WALA Rules and Regulations or Code of Ethics, these regional laws will supersede the WALA Rules and Regulations and Code of Ethics.

How do I get in touch with the WALA Board?​

 

​Please email us at:

directors@wala-labradoodles.org

Which dogs are eligible for free registration? 
  • For the first year (Nov 15, 2018 – Nov 15, 2019), all dogs already registered with other breed clubs, and all dogs not previously registered that meet the WALA eligibility criteria, may be registered free of charge.  

I’m not clear on the grading scheme. Can someone help me to understand?

What are WALA's DNA Profile Requirements?
  • WALA Member Breeders must DNA Profile all breeding stock prior to registering a litter. In instances where a dual sire is possible, parentage must be verified for each offspring through DNA Profile.

 

  • WALA will accept a DNA Profile from any OFA Approved Laboratory as well as any Laboratory accepted by other international breed associations (ALA, ALAA, ALCA, ALAEU, AKC, CKC [Canadian Kennel Club]), including but not limited to Van Haeringen, Biofocus, and Genomia..

 

DNA Profile Exemptions:

  • Stud Dogs that are retired or no longer living and are only available via frozen semen.

  • Non-WALA Studs (outside stud use)

  • All intact breeding dogs born before Jan. 1, 2018

 

*If parentage of any dog or puppy is questioned it will be the responsibility of the breeder questioning that parentage to submit DNA of their dog to the laboratory where the sire or dam was previously tested.

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