We take raising healthy puppies very seriously! Wellness and longevity start with the parents. To make sure our Moms and Dads meet our breeding standards, they complete multiple health assessments.
DNA holds many of the answers we need to determine whether a dog is a good addition to our Breeding Program and qualified to pass their traits to the next generation. We use Paw Print Genetics, Embark, Gensol, & Animal Genetics to get the information we need about each dog's genetic panel. This includes both dominant and recessive "mutant" genes dogs can carry which translate into diseases. We are able to rule out over 160 testable genetic ailments that hide in a dog's DNA. This is crucial because while an individual dog may seem healthy, many diseases either take affect later in life or are simply carried and don't affect that individual at all. The danger lies in breeding two parents who each carry a copy of a recessive/hidden disease, therefore producing puppies who are or will be affected by it.
In addition to diseases, these companies also provide us with an extensive profile of coat & color genes. This additional insight helps us plan litters with the best possible combination of traits giving us some of the most beautiful and desirable Doodles puppies around!
OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) is another extremely important part of our health testing. In order to make sure our up-and-coming Moms & Dads make the cut, we have their hips x-rayed and evaluated to check for signs of genetic dysplasia. This is even more important for our larger breeds so we also request elbow x-rays and evaluations for our studs and Bernese Mountain Dogs. Every active breeding dog in our program has PASSED.
12 Months: We guarantee your puppy will be free from testable genetic diseases. This is an easy one, because we've already completed a full genetic health panel on the parents. This includes PRA-PRCD, MDR1, DM, Von Willebrand Disease, Hereditary Cataracts, and much more!
12 Months: We guarantee that your puppy is free from any life-threatening congenital defects. All our puppies are vet checked at 7-8 weeks old and come with a Health Certificate. We provide our moms and puppies top quality pre-natal vitamins, supplements, and nutrition for proper development from conception to the day you take them home!
24 Months: We guarantee your puppy will be sound and free from genetic Hip Dysplasia. Our parent dogs are evaluated by OFA and we are confident our puppies have wonderful structure. Its important to know that an estimated 60% of Hip Dysplasia cases are environmentally caused and not genetic. Keep your puppy healthy and safe with age appropriate activities and by avoiding slick floors. Our guarantee excludes subluxation as a cause/finding.
24 Months: We guarantee your puppy is free from life-threatening genetic and congenital conditions of the Heart. Each puppy is checked by our Veterinarian for abnormalities at 7-8 weeks old. Parents are DNA tested for any genetic conditions that could affect the heart.
We are not just a family owned and operated breeding program. We are dedicated professionals & career breeders. This means we are all in 24/7/365 here at Sunny Ridge and entirely committed to our dogs, our clients, and the lasting success and reputation of our program. Our Health Guarantee may be 1-2 years, but purchasing a Sunny Ridge Doodles makes you a part of our family. I am always a text or a call away and more than happy to give advice, answer questions, or simply enjoy stories and adorable photos for the life of your Doodle. I encourage everyone to stay in touch, send us updates, and participate on Instagram! Ready for a 2nd or even 3rd puppy? Whether its 5 years, 10 years, or 15 years down the road, we will be here for you! Many families with related puppies or littermates have created amazing friendships online and in real life. We don't say "goodbye" when you take your puppy home, its "see you later!" We are proud to be a Lifetime Support Breeder. We look forward to welcoming you to our Doodle Family.