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Benefits of WALA Membership

The WALA is a democratic organization that promotes mutual respect, education, communication, and integrity. We are dedicated to improving the temperament, health, coats, and structure of our breed for its long-term well-being. By becoming a member, you will be introduced to outstanding breeders and will join us in moving the breed to its highest potential. Those seeking companion dogs will recognize you as a breeder with integrity and best practices.

Database

The WALA has adopted a grading scheme that preserves the magnificent qualities of the Australian Labradoodle and Labradoodle breeds. Our WALA database is checked for accuracy, and we welcome input from fellow breeders to correct any errors. Transparency of pedigrees and health results can help us avoid inbreeding and improve genetic diversity.

Committees

As part of our commitment to a breeder run organization, we envisage committees bringing together the diverse and creative talents of our WALA members in their shared vision. Together we will best blaze a path of excellence for both breed and breeder. We look forward to the information, discussion, and recommendations from these meetings of minds. WALA current committees include: 

Health and Development Committee researches and informs membership of the latest on scientific findings pertaining to the health and temperament of our breed. The Committee may, at times, engage membership in opportunities to participate in ongoing research. Our goal is to uncover best practices in the delicate balancing of reaping the benefits of genetic testing, while preserving genetic diversity. Discovering ways to best achieve these dual, and sometimes conflicting goals, is part of our vision for achieving the best for our breed.

An Elections Committee bolsters the WALA goal of a democratic organization. With responsibility for overseeing the nomination and election process for Director positions, this Committee ensures independence and objectivity in our elections.

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The following committees are part of our future Committee Vision: 

An Audit and Ethics Committee will consider member complaints and provide dispute resolution support as appropriate. WALA inspires all members to practice professionalism and ethics. If issues arise in this area, they will be resolved professionally and ethically. When more active engagement is required, the Committee will consider information provided by all parties and propose a course of action to the Board of Directors. The Committee shall also work with individual members and membership for transparency and understanding within the audit process.

A Finance Committee will work with the Board of Directors to ensure that Association funds are utilized in a fiscally responsible manner. The Committee will be provided monthly and annual financial reports and will be looking at the overall expenses within the Association as they prepare and present the annual budget to membership. 

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Health and DNA Profile Requirements

WALA  Membership

Health and DNA Profile Requirements

Hips

WALA Member Breeders are required to submit a Hip Clearance from one of the three options listed below, prior to mating that dog.

 

  1. OFA preliminary or final result of Excellent, Good, or Fair, over the age of four months. (WALA will also accept BVA or FCI results that have been converted to OFA scoring.)

  2. PennHip 0.7 or better at any age over 16 weeks.

  3. Dr. Wallace, eVet Diagnostics, preliminary report of Excellent, Good or Fair over the age of four months. 

 

Elbows

WALA Member Breeders are required to submit an Elbow Clearance from one of the two options listed below, prior to mating that dog. WALA defines a passing score on an elbow test result as either a zero (0) or a negative.

 

  1. OFA preliminary or final report of Normal/Clear, over the age of four months. (WALA will also accept BVA or FCI results that have been converted to OFA scoring.)

  2. Dr. Wallace, eVet Diagnostics, preliminary report of Normal/Clear over the age of four months.

DNA Profile

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), including but not limited to Van Haeringen, Biofocus, Pet Genetics, and Genomia.

 

DNA Profile Exemptions:

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

  2. Non-WALA Studs (outside stud use)

  3. 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.

WALA Registration Requirements
Authenticated Registration Requirements

To support the WALA’s guiding goal in the careful development and betterment of our breed, registerable dogs will receive a WALA registration number through meeting WALA Authenticated Registration Requirements​. WALA Member Breeders must identify all active breeding dogs on their website, including displaying the dog’s WALA number, and must not use their website to market puppies born from dogs not registered with WALA. WALA requires that each dog being registered have both parents registered in the WALA registry or have a six generation pedigree submitted for authentication, along with appropriate fees paid. Dog must be fully traceable in the pedigrees for six generations in one of the WALA accepted clubs listed below.

 

  • Registered names and numbers must be provided for all Parent Breed Dogs contained in the 6- generation pedigree.

  • WALA shall recognize pedigrees from the following accepted Clubs and Associations for purposes of registering breeder owned dogs with WALA (to be reviewed and updated periodically).

    • Australian Labradoodle Association (ALA)

    • Australian Labradoodle Association of America (ALAA)

    • Australian Labradoodle Club of America (ALCA)

    • Australian Labradoodle Association Europe (ALAEU)

    • American Kennel Club (AKC) and all kennel clubs recognized by the AKC. https://www.akc.org/rules/special-registry-services/

    • Canadian Kennel Club (CKC)

    • The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

  • As dogs are entered into the WALA Database, and each dog will be registered according to the WALA Grading Scheme. Breeder Tools: Grading Scheme

 

Any breeder, WALA or non-WALA, may submit a pedigree for verification to our WALA Registration Team for a fee. The pedigree should contain six generations of as many official names and numbers as possible. If a registration number cannot be authenticated in the research process, the health tested registration process will need to be followed. If you have any registration questions, please contact our WALA Registration Team: registration@walalabradoodles.org

How to Become a Member of WALA

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New Member App and Fees
Steps to become a member of WALA
  1. Read information on our website and make sure WALA's mission and vision align with your goals.

  2. Read Code of Ethics, Rules and Regulations and WALA Bylaws.

  3. Accumulate pedigrees and health testing documentation for all active breeding dogs in your program.

  4. Submit a New Breeder Member Application which will require you to upload your 2 year health guarantee.

  5. You will be notified by our Membership Team that your application was received with detailed instructions to begin uploading dog data for review.

  6. After review of your website, all requested documentation, acceptance of Breeding Program Name and Breeder Prefix, applicants will receive an update of their WALA membership status.

  7. Breeders approved for membership will receive a welcome email with an invitation and instructions to submit the New Member payment. DO NOT submit payment until you have received email notification of acceptance.

  8. Upon receipt of the New Member payment and completion of the membership process, approved breeders will receive their WALA logos and instructions on how to gain access to all the benefits WALA has to offer including our world class, comprehensive Breed Registry database.

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Own at least one intact Labradoodle or Australian Labradoodle, male or female, that is registerable with WALA. It is not required that this dog be of breeding age at the time of membership application.  

Create and maintain an active working website for your breeding program. Presence on social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, blogs, etc) is not considered an active website and cannot be submitted as a substitute. At a minimum, your website must include the following details and not on a page under construction:

  • Your Breeding Program Name and information clearly identifying you as a Labradoodle and/or Australian Labradoodle breeder.

  • Information on each Labradoodle and/or Australian Labradoodle that you own and intend to register with WALA, identifying them individually with a picture and full official given name. 

  • Information to contact you as the breeder of your program. This can be a Contact form, published email address and/or phone number to reach someone associated with your program.

 

The website you register with WALA may only be used to describe, market, and/or display your WALA registered dogs. Any other dogs or animals not registered with WALA must be clearly identified as not WALA registered on your website. Once approved as a WALA breeder member, your WALA logo with the required link to the WALA website, your WALA shields, and any mention of you being a WALA member may only be shown on the website pages describing your WALA approved program and your WALA registered dogs and their puppies.

Fill out and submit a WALA New Member Application. In addition to uploading your two year health guarantee, you will also be asked to submit a proposed Breeding Program Name to uniquely identify your breeding business. Your official WALA Breeding Program Name will be used on the WALA website and in the WALA Pedigree Registry database.

When considering a potential unique Breeding Program Name, we suggest the following:

  • Review the WALA Breeder Listing on the WALA website.

  • Conduct a broad internet search to ensure any potential names are not already in use or that of another Australian Labradoodle breeder.

  • Check to be sure that it is possible to secure any website URLs and/or social media accounts under the selected name.

  • Research local and state (or province) business registries and/or regulatory agencies to establish that the name is available.

 

You will also be asked to submit your first and second choices for a unique Breeder Prefix. Your Breeder Prefix is typically a shortened version of your Breeding Program Name. The Breeder Prefix forms the first part of the full registered name of each dog produced and registered by that breeding program. 

  • Breeder Prefixes cannot exceed 20 characters including spaces.

  • An "s" or apostrophe "s" will be dropped from the end of your Breeder Prefix unless it is part of your official WALA Breeding Program Name and matches the program name displayed on your website.

  • Breeder Prefixes cannot be identical to that of another WALA member, and are accepted and approved on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • If your first and second choice Breeder Prefixes are already in use, WALA will collaborate with you to select another option. 

  • Keep in mind, a dog's full registered name (that includes the Breeder Prefix at the beginning) cannot exceed 63 characters including spaces.

Commitment to adhere to WALA BylawsWALA’s Code of Ethics and Rules and Regulations from the first day your application is submitted.

  • WALA reserves the right to refuse membership to any applicant, or to withhold approval of any proposed Breeding Program Name and/or Breeder Prefix from any applicant or member.

  • All new applicants must be approved by a majority vote by the WALA Board Of Directors.

  • Any applicant not accepted for membership may reapply after 6 months from the date of original application.

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