Health Tested Parents for Healthier Puppies

Health Tested Parents for Healthier Puppies

Health tested parents and genetic health testing are a priority for Blessed Day Doodles. Genetic diseases are prevalent in every breed. X-rays and veterinary exams are the only way to determine a dogs structure health. DNA testing gives us information on genetic diseases.

Hip Dysplasia

A board certified veterinary radiologist grades our sires and dams hip x-rays. They are graded on the scale developed by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals: Excellent, Good, Fair, Borderline, Mild, Moderate and Severe. Excellent, Good and Fair are breeding quality scores. Our breeding program only includes dogs with scores of Excellent, Good and Fair, indicating the hips are Normal and breeding quality.

Elbow Dysplasia

A board certified veterinary radiologist x-rays our sires and dams elbows. Grades of Normal or Dysplastic are assigned by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. Our breeding program only includes dogs with a grade of Normal, indication no dysplasia is present.

Cardiac Disease

Auscultation or echocardiogram clear our sires and dams of cardiac diseases. Our breeding program only includes dogs with a grade of Normal, indicating no abnormalities are present.

Patellar Luxation

Our sires and dams are clear of patellar luxation via veterinary manipulation. Our breeding program only includes dogs with a grade of Normal, indicating no luxation is present.

Canine Eye Disease

A board certified canine ophthalmologist examines our sires and dam’s eyes. Dilation and eye exam are necessary to rule out heritable eye diseases such as cataracts. Our breeding program only includes dogs with passing eye exams based on the Companion Animal Eye Registry requirements.

Color Genetics Info

The Value of Genetics

I’ve become absolutely intrigued by genetics in breeding. There’s so much more than just putting two dogs together that comes with breeding. I can generally determine what colors of patterns I will get in a litter because I know what genes the parents carry. Some colors are dominant and others are recessive. Black is a default color. If both parents don’t carry for common colors the default is black. You have to know what your dogs carry or you end up with a bunch of black puppies and for some weird reason black puppies are hard to sell, personally they’re my favorite color, the coat mats less than the other colors because the pigment is different and their coats are so soft and shiny!

Just some basic genetics info for beginners:

Parti markings can only be achieved if both parents carry parti gene.  (White with colored patches on the body).

Merle markings can only be achieved if one parent is a merle and it can be DEADLY to breed two merles to each other as they can produce puppies that can be blind, deaf or even deformed. The merle gene is very complicated if you don’t know what you’re doing. A dog can be a merle but not show the speckled pattern too, they’re called a cryptic merle. They’re called cryptic because only black and chocolate coats can show the merling but if a dog is of the red, apricot, cream shades they’re too light to show the speckling and it isn’t visible so they can hide it. If someone was uniformed and didn’t check the background on their dogs they could accidentally breed a cryptic merle to a merle and end up with a lot of sadness on their hands. Sometimes a cryptic merle will show it’s merling in an eye so one who knows how the gene works will know that’s what it means but not all merles have blue eyes so it’s something that can only be detected by a DNA test.

Keira is clearly a merle. The male below is a cryptic merle,
He’s caramel and his merling is only known because of DNA testing. 

Phantom markings (like a Doberman, black or chocolate with tan/cream points) must be carried by both parents.
Hero, a black and cream phantom labradoodle. Patriot, a chocolate and tan phantom male labradoodle.

Cream coloring must be carried by both parents.

Chocolate color must be carried by both parents.

Black is the only color that doesn’t have to be carried by both parents for it to be expressed, it’s default.

If I breed two dogs together that have liver noses (non-black) it is impossible to produce any pups with black noses. All pups will have liver noses and have chocolate and various shades of caramel coats.
Homer, a beige & white parti, is going to Prairie Village, KS to be loved by Josh & Paige!

If I breed a parti colored dog to a noncarrying parti dog I will not get any parti colored puppies even though a parent is a parti because it’s a recessive gene and both parents must carry it for it to be achieved. Many pups in a parti factored litter will have white mismarks on their feet, chest, tail, head, but never will you get a full parti if only one parent carries it.