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, 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.
Choose and submit an official name and an alternate name for your
breeding program. The official name for your breeding program cannot have all or a main component part of another WALA registered breeding program name. If a similar name is already in use, you will be asked to change yours to be unique.
In addition, choose a kennel prefix and an alternate kennel prefix. You will use this prefix to register and identify any dog you produce in your WALA breeding program. This prefix is the name that comes before your dogs’ name in the WALA Dog Registry and will be a form of your program name. For example, if the official name for your breeding program is Shadow Creek Australian Labradoodles, and you chose Shadow Creek as your kennel prefix, then a dog named Maggie that was produced by your breeding program will be identified and registered within WALA as Shadow Creek Maggie.
WALA policies require that any form of the word “Labradoodle” will be dropped from the kennel prefix of your dogs. Also, "s" and apostrophe "s" at the end of your kennel prefix will not be used unless it is part of your official name for your breeding program. These rules are in place to protect the integrity of the WALA Dog Registry. WALA will work with you on the final decision for both your official name for your breeding program and your kennel prefix.
Have an active website. An active website, at a minimum, means that you have the following information on your website and this information is not under construction.
Your kennel program name and information clearly identifying you as a Labradoodle and/or Australian Labradoodle breeder.
Information identifying your Labradoodles and/or Australian Labradoodles you are seeking to register with WALA. This should include a picture of each dog and each dog must be identified by its official name.
Contact information for you as the breeder.
A presence on social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, blogs, etc.) cannot be substituted for an active website.
Your WALA website may only be used to describe, market, or display your WALA registered dogs. Any other dogs or animals not registered with WALA have to be clearly identified as not WALA registered on your website. Once you are approved as a WALA breeder, 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 your website pages describing your WALA approved program and WALA registered dogs and their puppies.
Read our Rules and Regulations and be willing to commit to adhering to these WALA Rules and Regulations from your first day as a WALA member.
Read the WALA Bylaws.
Fill out and submit your WALA Membership Application.
Be prepared to immediately submit a copy of your
Health Guarantee, and
Pedigrees of your dogs you wish to register with WALA.
**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).
Fill out a New Breeder Membership Application.
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.
FREE Dog Registration for
New Members through 2021!!
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 Entry Requirements
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: firstname.lastname@example.org