Member Breeder Rules & Regulations
Commitment to WALA Community
Rule 1. Members shall maintain high standards of care and conditions of their dogs by ensuring that all dogs under their control, both adults and puppies, are properly housed, fed, watered, and exercised and that they receive proper veterinary care when required. Members must follow all laws or legal requirements pertaining to the care and keeping of dogs in the area in which they reside. Should any of their animals be surrendered to or taken from them by local authorities, they will inform the directors of the WALA immediately.
Rule 2. Members must not sell or trade dogs to any commercial animal wholesalers, retail pet dealers/traders, animal rescue groups, or laboratory or research facilities.
Rule 3. Members must not release a puppy younger than eight weeks.
Rule 4. Members will sterilize or place under a sterilization contract all puppies not being evaluated for breeding purposes.
Rule 5. Members must agree to sterilize or place on non-breeding contract any Merle patterned dogs produced.
Rule 6. Members must tag all puppies produced with permanent identification in the form of a tattoo or microchip prior to releasing the puppy.
Commitment to Breed
Rule 7. Members must test all breeding stock for hip and elbow dysplasia prior to breeding and will only breed those animals who have test results that meet the minimum standards of the WALA. Members shall clearly state on their website the testing that has been performed.
Rule 8. Members shall breed only animals that are in good health and who are physically and temperamentally sound. Members shall avoid breeding animals known to have, or are strongly suspected of having, a serious inherited disease or defect that will likely be passed on to offspring and that, if inherited, would significantly affect the quality of life of any offspring that would be produced.
Rule 9. Members must keep accurate breeding and litter records, registration papers, and pedigrees.
Rule 10. Members must respect basic principles relating to maximizing genetic diversity to maintain the health of the breed.
Rule 11. Members must DNA Profile all breeding stock born after 1 January 2018 prior to registering a litter and shall verify parentage through DNA Profile before issuing a pedigree for any offspring where more than one sire covers or may have covered a bitch.
Commitment to Purchasers
Rule 12. Members must ensure that all information provided verbally, in writing or on any social media platform, and all advertisements, whether paid or unpaid, are truthful and not misleading. Member shall not misrepresent the Australian Labradoodle breed, the sire or dam of a litter, the puppies produced, other breeders or the WALA.
Rule 13. Members shall carefully screen potential buyers to ensure, to the extent possible and practical, that puppies and dogs are placed in homes that are safe and caring and are free of past abuse, neglect, and mistreatment.
Rule 14. Members must provide a two-year health guarantee and must supply the purchaser with a copy of the purchase contract and/or guarantee prior to accepting any final payment. The WALA disclaims any liability from the use of such document.
Rule 15. Members must provide information and support to purchasers to help ensure they clearly understand their responsibility for the care and welfare of the animal and have made the necessary preparations for keeping the dog.
Rule 16. Members must make themselves available to the purchasers of the dogs from their program for advice or assistance for the life of the dog, and will require, under contract, that they be notified if the dog is to be re-homed. Members agree to accept the return of the dog and/or that they will work with the owner to find a new home for the dog.
Rule 17. Members shall conduct themselves in a professional manner that reflects positively on themselves, the breed, and the WALA.
Commitment to WALA Organization
Rule 18. Members must not have had membership revoked or suspended by a canine association within the last five years, or, if they have, they must provide to the WALA BOD details relating to such an incident.
Rule 19. Members must have a website and display the WALA logo on their website. Members must add a link to the WALA home page while a current member in good standing and will remove the logo if not in good standing or if suspended or awaiting suspension.
Rule 20. Members must select a Kennel Prefix and must identify all puppies born in their kennel by that prefix.
Rule 21. Members must own at least one intact Labradoodle or Australian Labradoodle.
Rule 22. Members 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.
Rule 23. Members must submit litter recordings to the WALA for all litters produced no later than six months from the litter's date of birth. Litter registrations submitted later than six months after the date of birth will be subject to a penalty.
Rule 24. Any member who has been suspended, has voluntarily removed himself, or has requested to leave the WALA must be approved by a unanimous vote of the WALA BOD, as well as meet all basic membership requirements to be reinstated.
Rule 25. Members must obtain written approval from the WALA if their program is to deviate from the Code of Ethics or Rules and Regulations in any way.
Rule 26. Members failing to observe any provisions of the Code of Ethics and Rules and Regulations may be subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to, removal from the WALA register and disqualification from membership without refund of monies paid.
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.