Breeding approval

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All dogs must be approved  before breeding can take place. The LBA screens health and conformation before breeding approval is granted, in order to maintain and improve the quality of the Leavitt Bulldog.

Hips, elbows & spine

Before breeding approval can be granted, X-rays of hips, elbows and back must be evaluated by the OFA. 


To obtain an OFA evaluation, digital X-ray images of hips, elbow and spine in OFA positions must be sent to the OFA via email (ofa@offa.org) alongside the dog's breed, name, age and sex. A payment of $30 will also be requested by the OFA (made via Visa or Mastercard).


OFA evaluations will be emailed back to the applicant, who will forward them to the LBA Registrar (see below).


Your existing OFA info follows this Submission of Digital Images, i.e.:


https://www.ofa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/hdedapp_bw.pdf

https://www.ofa.org/pdf/spineapp_bw.pdf 


Dogs must be sedated when x-rays are taken.
 

The OFA requires dogs be a minimum of 24 months old to receive a full evaluation by 3 radiologists. Preliminary evaluations by one radiologist are offered for dogs younger than 24 months old. The LBA recommends, but does not require, x-rays be taken at 24 months or older.


A hip grade of mild dysplasia (HD4) and an elbow grade of 1 are the lowest evaluations that will be granted breeding approval and in both those cases, breeding can only take place with a mate that has hips with a grade of good (HD1) and elbows with a 0 grade.


The OFA grades for your dog's hip and elbow scores will be listed on registration papers using a number form.
 

Hips:

HD 0 = Excellent

HD 1 = Good

HD 2 = Fair

HD 3 = Borderline

HD 4 = Mild

HD 5 = Moderate

HD 6 = Severe


Elbows:

ED 0 = Normal

ED 1 = Mild

ED 2 = Moderate

ED 3 = Severe

Tooth chart

The LBA asks that your Vet check the dog’s teeth while they are anaesthetised for x-rays and complete a tooth chart for submission.

Genetic testing

All breeding stock must be tested for degenerative myelopathy before breeding approval is granted. Dogs who are already approved for breeding must be tested before they are bred again. 


Testing will show dogs to be clear, carriers or affected. Carriers will only be bred to clear dogs. Affected dogs will not be bred. 


Testing can be done as early as 2 weeks old so litters can be tested before sale if desired. 


Test kits can be ordered from the following:

  

Conformation and movement

The LBA will request photos and videos in order to assess conformation and movement:


  • 5 photos of the dog, showing all 4 sides and 1 of the face
  • A video showing the dog trotting (please shoot from the front, back and both sides)

Apply for breeding approval

Please email all the documents required for breeding approval to the LBA Registrar at  lbaregistry@gmail.com:

  

  • Owner’s name and contact details
  • Dog’s name
  • Current registry and registration number
  • Breeder’s name
  • Kennel name
  • OFA evaluations
  • X-rays
  • Tooth chart from Veterinarian
  • Degenerative Myelopathy test results
  • Required photos and videos 
  • A five-generation pedigree