Labradoodles are tremendously popular these days. While we understand why, we must also do what ever is needed to protect the interests of our dogs and our association. All breeders are not created equal! Puppy mills do exist, and abuses happen to our breed as well. When you start your search for a puppy, please be sure and do your research! These are basic questions that any reputable business will be able to provide:
1. Where are the dogs kept? Who are the parents? Do you have pedigrees and health testing on the parents for me to see? What are your rules regarding visiting?
2.What sales contracts and health guarantees do you have?
3. Do I need to complete an application? What is the process ?
4. Do you have references from other buyers or perhaps other breeders?
If a breeder is hesitant to answer any of these basic questions, reconsider the breeder. What ever you do, please don't purchase a pup from a broker. These companies never see the pup, where it was raised ,or many times who even raised it. Do not buy a pup based on cost. Proper testing, screening checkups, vaccines, and training to name a few things, comes with a cost. If corners are cut, it is the buyer that will ultimately pay the price. While there are no clear cut guarantees that when buying a dog there will be no problems, it only makes sense to do your research and buy from someone that is willing to give lifetime support, and has taken advantage of all of the medical advances and screening for the benefit of the breed. The life expectancy of your dog is approximately 14 years. The breeder only has your pup for 8 weeks. You want to make sure that you trust who is providing you with your new family member, but verify that every precaution has been taken to produce a sound healthy pup that will live a long life. There are many articles out there that lend guidance in your search.
Lucky Country Labradoodles is a three star member breeder of The Worldwide Australian Labradoodle Association.
The WALA describes its mission like this "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. "
Lucky Country Labradoodles has been a member of the Australian Labradoodle Club of America since 2010. The ALCA mission statement reads: "Furthering the interest of The Australian Labradoodle in America"To that end, we strictly adhere to The Breeder Code of Ethics .
The Australian Labradoodle Club of America was formed by the breeders of the Australian Labradoodle in America as the "Parent Club", striving toward purebred recognition of the breed. We are committed to protecting the health and well being of the Australian Labradoodle by upholding the breed standards and maintaining the integrity of the breed as established by the breed developers in Australia. The goal of the ALCA is to always strive for excellence in breeding practices in order to maintain the integrity of the breed and protect the Australian Labradoodle now and into the future.