LBA Papers

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The LBA operates different levels of registration, which allow it to differentiate breeding stock from non-breeding specimens, as well as to introduce genetic diversity in a controlled way into the breeding programme.

Approved for breeding papers (AFB)

Approved for Breeding (AFB) papers will be issued to dogs once they have been approved for breeding. These dogs are bred with the objective of continually improving the Leavitt Bulldog’s health, conformation, movement and temperament. 


Breeders are expected to do this in a responsible and ethical manner, and within the constraints that have been established by the LBA for the selection of breeding stock.


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Breeding approval

Transitional papers (TR)

Transitional (TR) papers are used to bring in dogs who are 100% Leavitt Bulldog, but are registered with other registries and have not gone through our rigorous breeding approval process.


Transitional papers give breeders a way to bring in these dogs, but in a way that still safeguards the breed. This process will be granted only in exceptional cases, and very rarely.


Their progeny will receive transitional papers for 4 generations to screen for any genetic problems, and insure no hidden genetic faults will surface in future offspring.


After 4 generations, full papers will be issued to further generations.


TR dogs must only be bred to dogs with Approved for Breeding (AFB) papers.


Provisional papers (PR)

Once in a great while, dogs come along who are critical to the breed because of their potential to help genetic diversity, conformation, performance or temperament but do not qualify as breeding stock because their parents haven't gone through our breeding approval process, or due to a disqualifying fault. 


Provisional (PR) papers give breeders a way to bring in these dogs, but in a way that still safeguards the breed. This process will be granted only in exceptional cases, and very rarely.


Their progeny will receive provisional papers for 4 generations to screen for any genetic problems, and insure no hidden genetic faults will surface in future offspring.


After 4 generations, full papers will be issued to further generations.


PR dogs must only be bred to dogs with Approved for Breeding (AFB) papers.


Outcross papers (OC)

Unrelated dogs are very occasionally brought in to the Leavitt Bulldog in order to bring genetic diversity.  


Outcross (OC) papers will be issued for 4 generations to screen for any genetic problems, and insure no hidden genetic faults will surface in future offspring.


After 4 generations, full papers will be issued to further generations.


OC dogs must only be bred to 100% Leavitt Bulldogs with Approved for Breeding (AFB) papers.


Non breeding papers (NB)

Non-breeding papers will be issued to dogs that do not conform to the LBA Standard. 


Disqualifying faults are rear dewclaws, high tail carriage with curl on end, bobbed tail, docked tail, screw tail, crooked tail, entropion, ectropion, cherry eye, wry jaw, demodex mange, moves with a hop, cow hocked, feet that turn out, feet that turn in, down in the pasterns, are timid or overly aggressive.