The breeder of & # 39; the world's first Labradoodle reveals that he made it as a guide dog that doesn't shed hair – but now warns that over breeding a & # 39; monster threatens to become & # 39;
- The labradoodle maker, Wally Conron, says he is sorry he bred the dog
- Labradoodles were initially intended as guide dogs
- In the end, their popularity led to massive breeding that detests Conron
- Conron says the dog is a & # 39; Frankenstein monster & # 39; and he & # 39; Pandora & # 39; s box & # 39; opened
One of the most coveted and recognizable dogs, the labradoodle, is perhaps a & # 39; monster & # 39 ;, says the breed's ancestor.
According to Wally Conron, an Australian who was the first person to breed the labradoodle – a cross between a poodle and a labrador – the dog opened a & # 39; Pandora & # 39; s Box & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I bred the labradoodle for a blind lady whose husband was allergic to dog hair, & # 39; Conron said Australia broadcast network.
& # 39; She wanted to know if we could think of a dog that she could use as a guide dog and where her husband would not be allergic to. & # 39;
The maker of labradoodle says he regrets that he once released the breed after his popularity led to over-breeding (stock photo)
The issue, says Conron, who was working for the Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia at the time, was not finding a breed that was less allergic to his allergies, finding one that was hypoallergenic and had the right temperament.
Poodles, although meeting the separation criteria, did not have the same friendliness factor as labradors, so Conron decided to mix the two.
After nine weeks, Conron successfully brought the very first Labradoodle puppies to life and, just as he had expected, the dogs were mostly hypoallergenic like poodles and amiable as labradors.
What Conron did not know, however, was that his attempts to make the breed known would make his creation an international phenomenon.
WHY WAS THE LABRADOODLE MADE FIRST?
The labradoodle dog breed – a mix between a poodle and a labrador – was first bred to work as a guide dog.
Wally Conron, an Australian breeder, wanted to create an assistance dog that was easy against the allergies of people with perfect temperament.
The dog exploded in popularity in the late 1980s after wide media coverage.
Conron says he regrets breeding the dogs, described as a & # 39; Frankenstein monster & # 39 ;.
After a period of six months without success trying to convince organizations to use the labradoodle as a service dog, Conron said he turned to the PR department of the Royal Guide Dog.
After his organization released information to the press, the labradoodle officially started.
& # 39; I could not visualize the publicity that a cross-breed dog would receive & # 39 ;, Conron told ABC.
& # 39; Cars & # 39; s stopped and people got out of the car and said to me: & # 39; Excuse me, what kind of dog is that? & # 39; I'd say & # 39; it's a labradoodle! & # 39;
From there, Conron said he was interested in breeders and other hobbyists who quickly clung to the dog's characteristic coat and temperament and started making his own versions.
Sultan (pictured above) was the first Labradoodle guide dog to serve the physically handicapped
"I realized the reason for these unethical, ruthless people to breed and sell these dogs for a lot of money," Conron told ABC, adding that it was his intention to always breed the healthiest dogs.
& # 39; I opened a Pandora's box and released a Frankenstein monster … When I'm gone and see these labradoodles, I can't help myself, I check them in mind. & # 39;
Popularity and loose compliance with breeding practices have undermined the health of the breed, he says.
& # 39; I think the majority is crazy or has a hereditary problem. I see damn nice labradoodles, but there are very few in between, & Cronon told ABC.
Despite Conron's regret, the labradoodle was eventually successfully used as service dogs demonstrated that ABC had produced several offshoots, including the golden doodle (a golden retriever and a poodle) and the jackapoo (a Jack Russell terrier and a poodle).
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