(LABRADOODLES/DOG BREEDS) Labradoodles are a dog breed mix between a Labrador Retriever and a standard poodle. Now, the dog breeder who created the first hypoallergenic labradoodle puppies regrets creating the labradoodle dog breed – and all of the problems that came along with it. Read on… – Global Animal

Sydney Morning Herald

If Wally Conron had known what was going to become of the labradoodle, he wouldn’t have bred the dog in the first place. It was 22 years ago and Conron, now 81, was working as the breeding manager for the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia when his boss set him a tough task. A blind woman from Hawaii had written asking if they could provide a guide dog that would not shed hair, because her husband was allergic to it.

I said, ‘Oh yes, this will be a piece of cake. The standard poodle is a working dog, it doesn’t shed hair, it’ll be great.’ I tried 33 in the course of three years and they all failed. They just didn’t make a guide dog.

Conron decided there was one possibility left: take his best labrador bitch and mate it with a standard poodle. They created three cross-breed puppies that needed to be boarded out to be trained and socialised but nobody would take them; everyone wanted a pure-bred. And that’s when Conron came up with the name labradoodle. ”I went to our PR team and said, ‘Go to the press and tell them we’ve invented a new dog, the labradoodle.’ It was a gimmick and it went worldwide. No one wanted a cross-breed but the following day we had hundreds of calls from people wanting these master dogs.”

The labradoodle proved to be a brilliant dog for the blind and the woman in Hawaii was happy. So what was the problem?

It’s how the dog has been used and abused and sold under false pretences, Conron says. ”When the pups were five months old, we sent clippings and saliva to Hawaii to be tested with this woman’s husband. Of the three pups, he was not allergic to one of them. In the next litter I had, there were 10 pups but only three had non-allergenic coats. Now, people are breeding these dogs and selling them as non-allergenic and they’re not even testing them.

”All these backyard breeders have jumped on the bandwagon and they’re crossing any kind of dog with a poodle. They’re selling them for more than a pure-bred is worth and they’re not going into the backgrounds of the parents of the dogs. There are so many poodle crosses having fits, problems with their eyes, hips and elbows; a lot have epilepsy. There are a few ethical breeders but very, very few.”

Conron says that despite the fact the dogs have helped so many blind people, he regrets creating the first cross-breed.

‘I released a Frankenstein. … People say ‘aren’t you proud of yourself?’ and I say, ‘not in the slightest. I’ve done so much harm to pure breeding.’

More SMH: http://m.smh.com.au/world/science/regrets-theyve-had-a-few-20101124-187ho.html

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  1. You all should be ashamed of yourselves.Hitler wanted a pure world was he correct in thinking this? I think NOT! Anyone purchasing a pet should research it fully beforehand. Then they would know the plus & minus in ALL breeds!!!!

  2. Great article! I have spoken to many doodle breeders making many claims of health as well as non shedding…..so far not one I have questioned has any testing behind the dogs or can show me a pedigree…some advertise DNA testing used to prove the dogs being bred are Poodles and labs….obviously an akc registered dog would not need that, only a backyard bred dog. I feel bad for the sick dogs and the unsuspecting buyers who believe the false representations. It costs money to test and buy high quality dogs…most breeders of quality purebred Poodles and labs would be distressed to find their pups turned into mutts and backyard bred for profit. Actually most good breeders have clauses in contracts clearly disallowing any cross breeding and adding penalties if caught. It is the abuse of the out of control breeding and gross misrepresentations of this breeding practice that is so disturbing.

  3. This is exactly the reaction I had the first time I heard labradoodle…the situation with the blind woman and her allergic husband should have been enough…but sir…you saw big bussiness!!!

  4. I have seen one of these so called labradoodles here in my hometown….corner brook..nl….canada……dog is abosolutely beautiful and very mild mannered….windering now if its an original or a mut…..was thinking of getting one down the road …..got me thinking different now ….maybe i just stay with the labrador or the golden retreiver…..thanks for the info very informative

  5. My issue has always been the selling of "pet quality" animals… those not fit for show… if you the breeder are not thrilled with the animal why foist it off on others… just euthanize it… where do you think backyard puppy mills get their original stock???