Labradoodle ‘creator’ Wally Conron recently said in a radio interview that he deeply regrets coming up with the popular crossbreed.
“I opened a Pandora box and released a Frankenstein monster,” he said. “People are just breeding for the money, unscrupulous breeders are crossing poodles with inappropriate dogs simply so they can say they were the first to do it.”
“I bred the Labradoodle for a blind lady whose husband was allergic to dog hair. Why people are breeding them today, I haven’t got a clue,” he added. “I find that the biggest majority are either crazy or have a hereditary problem.”
Some agree with his assessment, as they feel it sparked a crossbreeding frenzy that has nothing to do with the original purpose and ended up lining the pockets of unscrupulous breeder; others, such as the president of the Australian Labradoodle Club of America Amy Murphy, disagree entirely.
All dogs have their crazy moments, they argue, and issues caused by bad breeding are present in all breeds – the problem dos not lay in the breed, but in the people who see breeding them as a way to cash in. Purebred dogs, after all, are certainly not immune from becoming victims of fashion trends. Many people who welcomed a Labradoodle in their homes say they are wonderful dogs, and very much part of the family.
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