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Labradoodle a Mistake ?
If Wally Conron had known what was going to become of the labradoodle, he would not have bred the dog in the first place.
It was 22 years ago and Conron, now 81, was working as the breeding and puppy-walking 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 it 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.
Meanwhile, the woman in Hawaii was getting older and the boss was getting on my back."
Conron decided there was one possibility left � take his best labrador bitch and mate it with a standard poodle.
They created three crossbreed puppies that needed to be boarded out to be trained and socialised, but nobody would take them
everyone wanted a purebred. 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 sales gimmick, for marketting mutts and it went worldwide.
No one wanted a crossbreed, 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. Job done. So what was the problem?
Ah, says Conron, it is how the dog has been used and abused and sold under false pretences.
"This is what gets up my nose, if you'll pardon the expression. When the pups were five months old,
we sent clippings and saliva over to Hawaii to be tested with this woman's husband.
Out of the three pups we sent samples on, only one puppy he was not allergic to.
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 are not even testing them."
Does that happen a lot? "Get on the internet and see. All these backyard breeders have jumped on the bandwagon
and they're crossing any kind of dog with a poodle. They are selling them for more than a purebred is worth
and they are 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."
Now, the designer dog has become a status symbol.
"Jennifer Aniston's got one. President Obama, announced he was thinking of getting a labradoodle.
He didn't get one in the end, but I wrote him a letter saying what the pitfalls were.
I said, if you're going to buy a labradoodle, check both parents, make sure they have health clearances.
A lot of them are untrainable."
Conron, who is writing a memoir about life with the labradoodle, says that despite the fact that the dogs have helped so many blind people
he regrets creating the first crossbreed. "I opened a Pandora's box, that's what I did. I released a Frankenstein.
So many people are just breeding for the money." Today, people pay ridiculous prices for poodle crossbreeds and unscrupulous breeders
are crossing poodles with inappropriate dogs simply so they can say they were the first to do it.
There are cavoodles (cavalier king charles spaniel/poodle), groodles (golden retriever/ poodle) schnoodles (shnauser/poodle)
and even roodles (rottweiller/poodle). "A lot of them are just crazy," Conron says. "So many of them have problems.
I believe that one third of dogs bred today are the poodle crosses. People say aren't you proud of yourself
and I say "no". Not in the slightest.
I have done so much harm to pure breeding and made these charlatans quite rich
Conron has a pet labrador, Rocky, and has never kept a labradoodle as a pet. "No way!" he says, sounding shocked.
He only ever bred 31, each of them "perfect". "I'm on a pension and live in a little shoebox flat.
If I'd gone into breeding labradoodles for a living, I'd be on easy street. But there was no way I'd do it.
My conscience wouldn't let me."
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Obviously Conron didn't meet any Bijou Poodles as we have several
in Special Needs Homes around the world
and also being used by the Lion's Seeing Eye Dog Foundation
Reputable breeders spend a small fortune on health testing both parents to prove they
are the healthiest dogs that will produce the healthiest puppies.
Reputable breeders spend a small fortune showing in conformation to prove that the
parents comply to the breed standard that they will produce puppies that look they way they are supposed to.
Reputable breeders spend a small fortune getting Performance Titles on their dogs
to prove they have working ability and intelligence.
So buyers have to decide what type of breeders they are going to support with their purchase.
~ Please make the right choice and not buy for 'fashion or fad' ~