Breeding and Training

Donate a Puppy

Working Dog Puppies
Puppies in our program are donated from breeders across the country. These dogs must exemplify health and performance capabilities. The puppies will be trained at our center from the time they arrive at 8 weeks of age to approximately one year of age. They will graduate with the skills required for them to move directly into careers or undertake advanced training.

Our dogs benefit from the daily training, environmental exposure, family life and careful monitoring of their health and physical fitness. The foundation program develops the innate skills and abilities of each individual dog to promote their success in the detection field that best suits them.

All activities and training are monitored closely and documented to allow us to bring a scientific basis to the training of our nation’s detection canines. Each of our dogs will live with a foster family and receive excellent veterinary care through the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine for the duration of their time in our program. All dogs will be tracked throughout their career.

Donate a Puppy

If you are interested in donating a puppy, please complete our Breeder Survey.

A representative from the Penn Vet Working Dog Center will contact you.

Required Health Qualifications for Sire & Dam
 TestTest Result
Hip Testing
  • PennHIP: distraction index less than 0.40
  • OFA: Good or Excellent
Elbow Testing
  • OFA: Normal
Eye Testing
  • CERF: Normal test within the last year

Working Dog Puppy
Desired Health Qualifications for Sire & Dam

 Any additional testing or known genetic testing must be disclosed. 
Must demonstrate not affected by parentage or genetic test.

Visit PennGen for a list of DNA tests available worldwide.

Centronuclear Myopathy (CNM)
  • Labrador Retrievers
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) Test
  • German Shepherds
  • Other relevant breeds
Exercise-Induced Collapsed (EIC) Test
  • Labrador Retrievers
Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA) Test
  • Border Collies
  • Australian Shepherds
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) Test
  • Labrador Retrievers
  • Golden Retrievers
  • Other relevant breeds

Required Performance Qualifications
 Proof of working ability in both sire and dam lines. Examples of working ability:
Advanced hunt titles
Advanced AKC Tracking Titles
  • TDX, VST, CT
IPO/PSA/Mondio/French Ring Titles
Search & Rescue Certifications