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Breeding and Training

Donate a Puppy


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.

Working Dog Puppies

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
 TestBreeds
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) Test
  • German Shepherds
  • Other relevant breeds
Elbow Testing 
  • OFA: Normal
Exercise-Induced Collapsed (EIC) Test
  • Negative or cleared by parentage
  • Labrador Retrievers
Eye Testing
  • CERF: Normal test within last year
Hip Testing         
  • Penn Hip: Distraction index < 0.35
  • OFA: Good or Excellent
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) Test
  • Labrador Retrievers
  • Golden Retrievers
  • Other relevant breeds

Desired Health Qualifications for Sire & Dam

 Any additional testing or known genetic testing must be disclosed. 
Must demonstrate unaffected by parentage or genetic test.

Visit PennGen for a list of DNA tests available worldwide.

 TestBreeds
Centronuclear Myopathy (CNM)
  • Labrador Retrievers
Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA) Test
  • Border Collies
  • Australian Shepherds

Required Performance Qualifications
 Proof of working ability in both sire and dam lines. Examples of working ability:
 TitlesExamples
Advanced hunt titles
  • SH, MH, FC, NFC, AFC, QAA, MHR, HRC, MPR
Advanced AKC Tracking Titles
  • TDX, VST, CT
IPO/PSA/Mondio/French Ring Titles
  • IPO/PSA/MR/FR I/II/III, FH, WH, WPO
Search & Rescue Certifications
  • FEMA, SUSAR, NAPWDA, IPWDA