Health Testing Requirements

Below, you will find a quick guide to the Goldendoodle Health Testing Requirements:

Basic Status hips, heart
Red Ribbon Status hips, heart, eyes, prcd-pra, vWd
Blue Ribbon Status hips, heart, eyes, prcd-pra, vWd, GR-PRA1, elbows, patellas

Breeders who test for the following health conditions qualify for Basic Membership status.

Hips

Choose one of the following methods to qualify for Hips:

Prelim OFA or Dr. Wallace report for hip scores of Fair, Good, Excellent, for x-rays taken 4 mos. of age or later. Note that for any dog receiving a Fair rating prior to age of 2 yrs. (OFA prelim rating or Wallace report), a Final OFA or Wallace report with x-rays taken after 2 yrs. of age or later is required to remain as a qualified breeding dog;

Final OFA or Dr. Wallace report for hip scores of Fair, Good, Excellent, for x-rays taken at 24 mos. of age or later.

Pennhip score of 50% or above done at 4 mos. of age or later;

OVC prelim or permanent with normal rating (permanent needs to be submitted by 22 mos. for bitches, 20 mos. for studs)

BVA test results for hips and elbows done at or after a year of age as long as this testing was done while the dog was in Europe. Passing BVA results consist of a BVA of 1-10 total score of both hips taken at or after a year of age as long as no single hip score is greater than 6. Dogs with a BVA of 11-18 total score of both hips, or with a score of 0-10 but with a single hip score greater than 6 taken at one year or later are accepted as passing, but with the requirement that to become permanent,

For a breeding dog that scores a Fair rating before 2 years of age, another x-ray should be taken at age 2 or after (final OFA or Wallace report) which scores Fair or above is required to be submitted by 28 mos. for bitches or 26 mos. for studs. Also acceptable to qualify a Fair OFA or Wallace rating taken before age 2 is a PennHip with a score of 50% or above completed any time after 4 mos. of age.

Cardiac

OFA Permanent heart clearance (Golden Retrievers and Goldendoodles only). A stud may qualify for breeding prior to the age of one with a OFA Cardiac prelim clearance. In this circumstance, the stud will need to have a OFA Cardiac final clearance after the age of one.

GANAredribbon

Breeders who test for these additional health conditions, in addition to the Basic level requirements, qualify for the Red Ribbon Status. 

Eyes

CERF:  Bi-Annual (30 day grace period) Completed exam form, certificate from OFA or CERF, or print out from www.OFFA.org – showing the OFA eye exam date (effective 1/15/15)

Breeder Options
Ineligible Findings

prcd-PRA:  One clear prcd-PRA parent required per breeding pair. Poodles (all sizes), Goldendoodles, Golden Retrievers and Standard Poodles can carry the prcd-PRA mutation. Since both parents must carry the affected gene for their offspring to be affected by that mutation, one clear parent in the breeding pair is required. For a breeding dog to be “clear via parentage” both parents must be clear (without the gene). To clear a dog for prcd-PRA, it can be done via DNA by any lab approved by the OFA; or by submitting its parents’ lab approved by the OFA DNA test for prcd-PRA showing they are both clear.

vWd (von Willebrand Disease, canine bleeding disorder):  At least one clear in the breeding pair. Poodles and Goldendoodles can be cleared by parentage or by DNA testing. Golden Retrievers are not required to be tested as they are not risk for vWd. Therefore, if one of the breeding pair is a Golden Retriever, it will count as the clear parent. Poodles and Goldendoodles do not have to be tested for vWd if they are paired only with a clear partner for breeding. To clear a dog for vWd: Submit DNA test results from an OFA approved lab for the dog, or submit DNA test from an OFA approved lab results showing both dog’s parents are clear.

GANAblueribbon

Breeders who test for these additional health conditions, in addition to the Basic and Red Ribbon level requirements, qualify for the Blue Ribbon Status.

Eyes

GR-PRA1: One clear GR-PRA1 parent required per breeding pair. Goldendoodles and Golden Retrievers can carry the GR-PRA1 mutation. Since both parents must carry the affected gene for their offspring to be affected by that mutation, one clear parent in the breeding pair is required. Poodles do not carry the PRA/GR-PRA1 mutation; therefore, if one of the breeding pair is a Poodle, it will count as the clear parent. For a breeding dog to be “clear via parentage” both parents must be clear (without the gene). To clear a dog for GR-PRA1, it can be done via DNA by any lab approved by the OFA; or by submitting both parents clear GR-PRA1 DNA results from any DNA lab approved by the OFA.

Elbows

Prelim or permanent clear rating at 4 mos. of age or later.

BVA Accept all passing test results for hips and elbows done at or after a year of age as long as this testing was done while the dog was in Europe.

Patellas

Permanent clear rating (mini/toy Poodles and mini/medium Goldendoodles only). A stud may qualify for breeding prior to the age of one with a OFA Patella prelim clearance. In this circumstance, the stud will need to have a OFA Patella final clearance after the age of one.

Additional testing recommended for all levels

Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

Ichthyosis (ICH)

Annual eye exams (CERF/CAER)

GR-PRA2

NOTE: GANA accepts results from the labs approved by OFA.  A list of these approved labs is available here:  OFA and GANA approved DNA labs.