Labradoodle Creator Now Regrets Cross-Breeding

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    (DOGS) The Labradoodle, a mix between a labrador and a standard poodle, was originally bred for a woman who needed a non-allergenic guide dog.

    Now, the man responsible for the breed’s creation says he regrets creating a new breed – and all of the problems that came along with it. – 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.”’
     
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    You can say that again!!!! He started a craze that gave indiscriminate breeding an excuse to exist... (like it ever needed one)
     
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    I have never liked the idea of breeding designer dogs. But then, I have to admit that's my bias.
     
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    I'm not into the designer breeds craze either, they are breeding un tested (Health wise and quality wise) pet dogs at an alarming rate and charge a fortune for them, completely stupid.

    Cockapoo, labradoodle, puggle, huskador etc... No I just call them ''Crossbreeds''.

    Recently at a CDC* show a lady threw a tantrum because the organisers and judge refused to enter her labradoodle in a Pedigree class, they had to explain that her dog was infact a crossbreed, one parent was a labrador and the other a poodle, it is not a KC registered breed so they could not enter it in a pedigree class.

    I was also asked by a couple with a labrador if I could breed Mishka with their boy, I wouldn't even breed Mishka with a husky, let alone a labrador..

    * CDC (Companion dog club) shows are shows that allow all dogs to enter, not just KC registered dogs, even if they are more relaxed they are strict on the fact that for the pedigree classes even if the dog is not papered it has to be of a pure KC registered breed.

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    Im still on the fence about this and the reason i dont care about these types of rules is just for the reason you listed above (ugh you want to breed your mutt to my $$$ Purebred dog that has been bred for generations to a strict standard?).. Registries are supposed to be all about maintaining the pure bred registries Im not entirely sure i approve of their involvement in promoting events for Mutts.. I believe this would be better left up to some other k9 organization to promote...
     
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    CDC shows usually include:

    Pedigree classes - Only for registered KC breeds.
    Novelty classes - For all dogs

    I personally love them, it has allowed me to learn the basics of showing a dog in the pedigree classes, even though Mishka is not papered (She was rehomed without them) she is allowed to take part.
    CDC shows do not count in any way towards Championships etc... They are usually held for charity, but even though they are nothing serious a lot of people who would normally show their dog in opens and champs come as its good practise for the dogs and handlers. :)

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    See that part i get and understand and like.. Wish there was something like that when i was younger and couldn't afford a quality pedigree dog..
     
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    Sorry completely missed your point about mutts there lol, yes I do agree in what you are saying, although novelty classes don't usually (I do say usually) promote crossbreeding. Its more for fun, classes are usually ''Prettiest bitch'' ''Child's bestfriend'' ''Best rescue'' and things like that, its more of a family fun day out for everyone to enjoy :)

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