During the start of ALFA-Europe in 2009 we have had brief contact with the Dutch Kennel Club (Raad van Beheer op Kynologisch Gebied in Nederland). They did not support our views on DNA-profiling.
A few years later, we were very pleased to read on their website and in their Newsletter of May 2012, that the Dutch Kennel Club has realized that DNA profiling and parentage verification could contribute to solving the huge problems in the canine world of pure breed dogs.
Five years after we started ALFA-Europe and implemented a system of DNA profiling and parentage verifying, the Dutch Kennel Club has embraced our idea. From June 2014, for breeders who want to have an official pedigree it is compulsory to DNA their breeding dogs and DNA profile their puppies and to have their parentage verified.
So our concept was the right concept in 2009… and still is the right concept!
The unique cynological concept of the Foundation ALFA-Europe
Huge numbers of Labradoodle breeders consider all kinds of poodle crosses to be Australian Labradoodles. Of course, these crosses are not original Australian Labradoodles. You can read more on this website under “history of the breed”.
A lot of breeders of Australian Labradoodles have organized themselves in different breeders organizations each with its own registry, database, and philosophy. These facts cause a lot of confusion to families who are looking for a carefully bred Australian Labradoodle puppy.
ALFA-Europe feels very strongly about the fact that the puppy buyer is entitled to get the best assurance possible regarding the quality of an authentic Australian Labradoodle. This has led to the following cynological concept.
ALFA-Europe has been up and running since 2009 and has proven that it is possible to have a perfect transparent registration system for breeding dogs and their offspring. By using strict Breeding Rules and Registration Regulations ALFA-Europe has created optimal conditions to monitor:
– the breeder and his breeding program
– registering dogs and their offspring
– health issues.
Our concept is based on three pillars:
One: The implementation of a registration system based on a DNA-profile and parentage verification, a system which makes it impossible to commit fraud and which ensures breeders as well as the puppy buyers 100 % guarantee that the puppy is an offspring of the parents on the pedigree issued by ALFA-Europe.
A system based on the philosophy “Trust is good, control is better”.
Two: By implementing the Code of Ethics and compulsory Breeding Rules and Registration Regulations ALFA-Europe does not allow breeders to have other breeding program of Labradoodle-look-alikes in order to protect the puppy buyer against dishonest breeders who are only interested in selling another cute and lovely puppy instead of an authentic Australian Labradoodle puppy.
By implementing this important rule the breeder shows his integrity towards the puppy buyer.
To recognize a serious breeder, you have to look at the registration logo from the dog given by ALFA-Europe (see below).
Three: To maintain control of the breeding process by the breeder all DNA tests are ordered via ALFA Europe. This means that every test result from the laboratory arrives at ALFA-Europe first. The test results will be included in the database of ALFA-Europe, and the certificates together with the pedigree (issued by ALFA-Europe) will be sent to the breeder. The breeder hands over the original certificates together with the ALFA-Europe pedigree to the puppy buyer. In this way, the puppy buyer gets 100% certainty about the origin of his puppy.
Registering your authentic Australian Labradoodle
Australian Labradoodles who are registered with ALFA-Europe as well as their registered offspring chosen for breeding will be included in the ALFA-Europe’s Studbook. They will be known as AES Australian Labradoodles.
Their offspring will be registered with their litter registration number.
Australian Labradoodle breeders who are breeding with proven original breeding lines are invited to register their dogs. There will be one condition: They have to fulfill the registration requirements of the foundation ALFA-Europe.
Our Code of Ethics
If a breeder wants to register his dogs, he has to sign the Code of Ethics first. Our Code of Ethics is not just a promise without engagement. In case of a violation of the breeding rules, ALFA-Europe will take action, see “Disciplinary procedures”.
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Breeding Rules and Registration Regulations
By signing the Code of Ethics the breeder promises that he will breed according to the Breeding Rules and Registration Regulations made by ALFA-Europe.
Our registration logo
From the start in April 2009, every registered authentic Australian Labradoodle has been given a unique registration logo that the breeder has to place on his website under or next to the picture of the registered dog.
Clicking on that registration logo will lead you automatically to the appropriate registration page of registered dogs on the website of ALFA-Europe.
If a breeder says that he breeds authentic AES Australian Labradoodles you will be able to check this on our website, if you cannot find this breeder as well as this particular breeding dog in our registry, he is cheating you! When you are looking for an authentic Australian Labradoodle, be on the safe side and consult our list of breeders, see “Find a breeder”.
About the health status of the AES Australian Labradoodle
Just like humans, dogs can suffer from diseases. ALFA Europe has developed a simple and effective method to keep the breeding population as healthy as possible. Besides strict health requirements (one of the conditions in order to be able to register a breeding dog) a periodic health certificate has been required to keep the breeding license of a breeding dog.
Together with the stud certificate, the breeder has to submit a valid health certificate from the Sire (stud dog) as well as from the Dam (breeding bitch). In this way, it is almost impossible to breed with unhealthy dogs, read more under “health requirements”.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does ALFA-Europe mediate or sell puppies?
No, ALFA-Europe does not mediate or sell puppies. ALFA-Europe only registers approved breeding dogs as well as their offspring.
What may a puppy buyer expect from the breeder?
The puppy buyer can expect that the breeder breeds in a responsible way and that the breeder breeds with healthy dogs according to the Breeding Rules of ALFA-Europe. He will inform the puppy buyer honestly and extensively about the character and health of both parents and how the puppy should be socialized, raised and how he must be trained.
What kind of guarantees does the breeder give the puppy buyer?
Besides the guarantees given in the Breeding Rules and Registration Regulations of ALFA-Europe, the breeder will always work with a selling contract in which the rights and obligations of the breeder as well as the puppy buyer have been defined.
Should I take health insurance for the puppy?
The prices of veterinarian practices went sky high in the last few years, so better safe than sorrow. In our opinion, it is sensible to take health insurance for your puppy for at least the first two years.
In most European countries several insurance companies offer pet animal insurance at reasonable prices. It makes sense to compare the different insurance conditions.
How important is it to test my allergy?
Allergy testing is a very important matter. But remember that the dog’s hair is not the factor causing an allergy. It may happen that the person reacts on dogs’ dandruff, saliva (licking) or even urine. Sometimes the person only reacts to a particular dog. Therefore, it is important to get the opportunity to experience contact with the dog(s) of the breeder. Sometimes a person’s allergy is so severe that he must accept that even an AES Australian Labradoodle is not possible as a pet.
What is a DNA-profile test?
Each cell of the dog’s body contains unique genetic information of which one half comes from the father and the other half from the mother. In the laboratory, the genetic information will be analyzed and stored in a database and can be presented as a barcode. This barcode is unique and is called the DNA-profile. Because the DNA-profile is connected to the microchip of the dog, one is able to determine conclusively the identity of the dog at any time. A DNA-profile is so to speak the biological fingerprint of the dog.
The certificate of the DNA profile must clearly state who is the mother and the father of your puppy.
Why does each puppy have its own DNA profile?
To prove that the puppy is the offspring of the parents mentioned on the pedigree, the puppy as well as his parents must have a DNA-profile. In this way the laboratory is able to verify its parentage.
Who is providing the pedigree?
The laboratory sends the analysis certificates to ALFA-Europe. The certificate enables ALFA-Europe to complete the content of the pedigree.
After that ALFA-Europe is able to print the pedigrees and send them to the breeder together with the original certificates of the laboratory. The breeder will send the pedigree together with the original certificates to each puppy buyer.
Why are puppies neutered?
By early neutering, ALFA-Europe and the breeder prevent the popular authentic Australian Labradoodle from ending up in puppy mills or by malicious breeders. There they will be misused. Massive breeding (uncontrolled reproduction) in order to make as much money as possible takes place in such places. Many breeds are unhealthy due to the fact that breeding lines are too closely related (inbreeding) which is causing many inherited diseases. This is what has happened with several popular breeds in the past and is still going on.
Is early spaying and neutering harmful for the development of a puppy?
A lot of bad things are said about early neutering. Unfortunately these allegations are not proven with scientific valid studies. ALFA-Europe has a database of more than thousand puppies. History shows that the puppies just grow into normal adult dogs.
In the U.S., Canada, Australia and many other countries vets have carried out these early neutering operations with success for decades.