The Yakima Valley Kennel Club: YVKC is an AKC member club which holds annual All Breed Dog Shows and Obedience Trials, agility trials, as well as obedience and conformation classes, seminars and health clinics.
Puget Sound Labrador Retriever Association:PSLRA holds an annual Labrador Retriever Specialty Show, 2 hunt tests per year, an agility trial, a health clinic and numerous training days and educational events. Monies raised from certain events go to support Lab Rescue and medical research projects.
The American Kennel Club (AKC): The AKC remains the leading canine registry in the U. S. This site offers information on over 150 established breeds in addition to sanctioned events such as conformation shows, obedience and rally trials, hunt tests, agility trials, tracking tests and herding trials.
The Orthopedic Foundation For Animals:For information regarding genetic conditions including Hip and Elbow dysplasia and other disorders. Their online database is invaluable for anyone wanting to breed or buy a Labrador! Final OFA hip and elbow clearances cannot be done until a dog turns 2 yrs old.
Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF): For information regarding genetic eye issues affecting dogs, as well as an online database. Eye exams should be done annually on all breeding stock by an ACVO diplomate (eye specialist), beginning with puppies as young as 6 wks old, and done annually through 10 yrs old.
Optigen, LLC: prcd-PRA is a late onset, recessively-inherited eye disease that causes blindness in Labradors and a number of other breeds. Optigen has recently developed a gene test which is helping breeders tremendously in eradicating this disease.
Centronuclear Myopathy (CNM) The age of onset of this disabling disease varies between 2 to 5 months, with an awkward gait and a decreased exercise tolerance, associated with a generalized muscle weakness. The pup will never recover from this disabling disease. Researchers at Alfort in France recently developed a gene test to help eradicate this disease in Labradors.