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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.
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.
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. The following is our Committee Vision:
A Planning and Priorities Committee will identify goals and priorities of membership. This Committee will then create a development and implementation action plan, ensuring that membership priorities are first heard and then achieved.
A Research and Education Committee will investigate best practices in breeding based on data driven results. This valuable information will be shared with membership as we learn and grow together. To enhance education, the Committee will engage WALA membership in sharing webinars, articles, videos, and other forms of media, and in encouraging engagement in order
to create a community that learns and grows together. The Committee may also assist in designing educational events such as weekend seminars.
A Health and Development Committee will research and inform 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 will bolster the WALA goal of a democratic organization. With responsibility for overseeing the nomination and election process for Director positions, this Committee will ensure independence and objectivity in electing our leaders.
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. An outside audit will be conducted every two years.
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Health and DNA Profile Requirements
WALA Member Breeders are required to submit a Hip Clearance from one of the three options listed below, prior to mating that dog.
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.)
PennHip .7 or better at any age over 16 weeks.
Dr. Wallace, eVet Diagnostics, preliminary report of Excellent, Good or Fair over the age of four months.
WALA Member Breeders are required to submit an Elbow Clearance from one of the two options listed below, prior to mating that dog.
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.)
Dr. Wallace, eVet Diagnostics, preliminary report of Normal/Clear over the age of four months.
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 [Candian Kennel Club]), including but not limited to Van Haeringen, Biofocus, Pet Genetics, 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.
WALA Registration Requirements
Authenticated or Health Tested Registration Requirements
To support the WALA’s guiding goal in the careful development and betterment of our breed, dogs may receive a WALA registration number through meeting one of the following:
WALA Authenticated Registration Requirements
WALA Health Tested Registration Entry Requirements for Australian Labradoodles
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 non-registerable Labradoodles.
WALA Authenticated Registration Requirements
WALA will require 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 fee. 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):
A. Australian Labradoodle Association (ALA)
B. Australian Labradoodle Association of America (ALAA)
C. Australian Labradoodle Club of America (ALCA)
D. Australian Labradoodle Association Europe (ALAEU)
E. American Kennel Club (AKC) and all kennel clubs recognized by the AKC. https://www.akc.org/rules/special-registry-services/
F. Canadian Kennel Club (CKC)
G. 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
WALA Health Tested Registration
UPDATE: The health path for registration process has been suspended until further review and research is completed. For more information, email The Registry Team:
In support of the WALA’s mission of enhancing the temperament, health, coats and structure of the Australian Labradoodle breed, we have included a path to registration based on heath testing. This allows health tested dogs that don’t meet the authenticated registration requirements to be registered. These dogs are a value and strength to our breed, support the value of health testing, and will help increase genetic diversity. The following criteria must be met for a dog to qualify through the Health Testing path to registration:
Be a multi-generational Australian Labradoodle.
Any dogs in the six generation pedigree that are untraceable or unknown or do not have an official name or number, must be disclosed as unknown.
The unknown dog may not be closer than three generations, meaning it must be further back in the pedigree than a parent or grandparent to the dog being registered.
All dogs in the three generation pedigree are required to have hip and elbow testing. This includes the dog being registered, both sire and dam, and the four grandparents.
The breeder/owner will also be required to submit test results for EIC (Exercise Induced Collapse) and prcd-PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) on the dog being registered. Cleared by Parentage can be used by submitting the test results from both the sire and dam of the dog being registered.
The breeder/owner must submit a DNA Profile from an OFA Approved Laboratory or any Laboratory accepted by other international breed associations, (ALA, ALAA, ALCA, ALAEU, CKC [Candian Kennel Club]), American Kennel Club (AKC) and all kennel clubs recognized by the AKC. https://www.akc.org/rules/special-registry-services/ The Fédération Cynologique Internationale FCI including but not limited to Van Haeringen, Biofocus, Pet Genetics, and Genomia, at the time of registration for the dog being registered.
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: email@example.com
How To Become a Member of WALA
To become a WALA Member Breeder you must first meet the following requirements:
Own at least one intact Labradoodle or Australian Labradoodle.
Choose a kennel breeding program name or submit your current program name. A kennel name is the name you will use as a prefix to register all of your breeding dogs, such as "Shadow Creek," so your dog Maggie will be registered with the name Shadow Creek Maggie. Kennel program names cannot have all or a main component part of another registered kennel name.
Read our Code of Ethics.
Read our Rules and Regulations.
Read the WALA Bylaws
Fill out Membership Application
Submit a copy of your Sales Contract and Health Guarantee and your website URL.
**All applicants must be approved by a majority vote by the WALA Board Of Directors. Any applicant not accepted for membership can re-apply after 6 months from the date of original application.
Steps to become a member of WALA
Read information on our website and make sure our vision aligns with your goals.
Accumulate all health testing and information on your dog(s).
WALA registrar will contact you after receiving your application.
Submit all information on your dogs.
Registrar will notify you of membership acceptance to WALA status.
After notice of membership acceptance, make "New Membership" Payment.
Receive WALA Member number and logos for your website and access to WALA Registry.