Labradoodle Rescue & Goldendoodle Rescue
Although most Labradoodles & Goldendoodles are healthy, they can suffer from certain congenital health problems associated with both parent breeds in this case Poodles & Retrievers.
Poodles, Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers carry many of the same genetic factors that predispose them to these potential health problems. Consequently our doodles have a greater chance of developing one or several of these disorders because they are essentially inheriting the factors from all sides. Some are serious others not so serious. For example, hip dysplasia is common in both Poodles and Retrievers. among other things. The parent breeds can also suffer from a number of eye disorders.
Australian Labradoodles have been known to suffer from Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), an inherited disease causing blindness, which occurs in both Miniature Poodles and Cocker Spaniels.
A significant number of Mutigenerational and Australian Labradoodles have also been found to suffer from disorders such as Addison's Disease, Epilepsy. The Australian Labradoodle Association of America is currently conducting a study to try and determine how widespread the problem has become.
Congenital and Genetic Conditions found with greater than average frequency in the Labrador Retriever
Abnormal Dentition |Acral lick dermatitis |Acute moist dermatitis |Addisons Disease |Addisons disease (hypoadrenocorticism) |Canine Allergies |Canine Melanoma |Canine Muscular Dystrophy |Carpal subluxation |Cataract |Coloboma |Craniomandibular osteopathy |Dacrocystitis |Deafness |Detached Retina |Diabetes mellitus |Distichiasis |Dwarfism |Ectropion |Elbow dysplasia |Entropion |Epilepsy |Fragmented Coronoid Process |Hemophilia A - Classic Hemophilia |Hemophilia B |Hip Dysplasia |Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy (HOD) |Hypoglycemia |Narcolepsy |Osteochondritis Dissecans |Osteochondrosis |Persistent Hyaloid Artery |Persistent Pupillary Membrane |Portosystemic Shunt |Progressive Retinal Atrophy |Prolapsed Rectum |Prolapsed Uterus |Retinal Dysplasia |Seborrhea |Shoulder Dysplasia |Type II Muscle Fiber Deficiency |von Willebrands Disease
Congenital and Genetic Conditions found with greater than average frequency in the Poodle
Addisons Disease |Addisons disease (hypoadrenocorticism) |Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia |Behavioral Abnormalities |Bloat |Canine Allergies |Canine Atopic Dermatitis |Canine Microphthalmia |Cataract |Color mutant alopecia |Dermatitis, atopic |Detached Retina |Distichiasis |Entropion |Epilepsy |Epiphora |Glaucoma |Hemeralopia |Hemophilia - Factor XII Deficiency |Hemophilia A - Classic Hemophilia |Hip Dysplasia |Hypothyroidism |Iris Atrophy |Lacrimal Duct Atresia |Lens Luxation |Optic Nerve Hypoplasia |Osteochondritis Dissecans |Osteochondrosis |Osteogenesis Imperfecta |Persistent Pupillary Membrane |Progressive Retinal Atrophy |Sebaceous Adenitis |Sebaceous Adenitis |Thrombocytopenia |von Willebrands Disease
Congenital and Genetic Conditions found with greater than average frequency in the Miniature Poodle
Achondroplasia |Basal Cell Tumor |Behavioral Abnormalities |Canine Allergies |Canine Microphthalmia |Cataract |Cerebrospinal demyelination |Cushings Disease |Deafness |Dermatitis, atopic |Detached Retina |Distichiasis |Ectopic ureters |Entropion |Epilepsy |Epiphora |Epiphyseal Dysplasia |Glaucoma |Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy |Hemeralopia |Hemophilia A - Classic Hemophilia |Hypothyroidism |Intervertebral Disc Disease |Iris Atrophy |Lacrimal Duct Atresia |Lysosomal Storage Diseases |Myasthenia Gravis |Optic Nerve Hypoplasia |Osteochondritis Dissecans |Osteochondrosis |Osteogenesis Imperfecta |Otitis Externa |Patellar Luxation |Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) |Pituitary Dwarfism |Progressive Retinal Atrophy |Sebaceous Adenitis |Sebaceous Tumor |Squamous Cell Carcinoma |Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) |von Willebrands Disease
Congenital and Genetic Conditions found with greater than average frequency in the Golden Retriever
Acral lick dermatitisAcute moist dermatitisAutoimmune Hemolytic AnemiaAutoimmune Lymphocytic ThyroiditisCanine AllergiesCanine Muscular DystrophyCataractChronic Superficial KeratitisColobomaCorneal dystrophyDermatitis, atopicDistichiasisEctropionElbow dysplasiaEntropionFolliculitisFragmented Coronoid ProcessHemangiosarcomaHemophilia A - Classic HemophiliaHip DysplasiaHypothyroidismJuvenile CellulitisLymphomaMyasthenia GravisOptic Nerve HypoplasiaOsteochondritis DissecansOsteochondrosisPortosystemic ShuntProgressive Retinal AtrophySebaceous AdenitisSubaortic StenosisThyroiditis
Many of the genetic diseases that run in labs, goldens, and poodles, cannot be tested for, and the method of inheritance remains unknown. Even conscientious breeders who do testing for HD and other diseases cannot test for some of them. This is a problem when breeders are not familiar with their bloodlines. Many goldendoodle and labradoodle breeders were unfamiliar with poodles before they started breeding the crosses; there are also poodle breeders who went into breeding doodles and are unfamiliar with lab or golden lines. So if Atopic Dermatitis runs in a particular line of Labrador retrievers, for example, a doodle breeder who uses a "tested" dog would have no idea that this was in the lines. For some of the most serious genetic diseases, which don't appear until a dog is past 3 years old, the best purebred breeders avoid these by: 1. Not breeding dogs until they are past 3 years of age (easy to do when the dog is busy earning his championship during those first three years anyway) and 2. Follow their lines closely throughout many years to make sure nothing is being passed along ; when they do find a genetic disease on a puppy, they eliminate those dogs from their programs. Of course, these breeders I'm speaking of are not breeding dogs strictly for profit; the doodle breeders are, even the best of them.
Many of the ALDs are very closely inbred, with the same RM and TP dogs appearing repeatedly on both sides of the pedigree. So you have that problem in the ALDs as well.