Puppy's mum says: What's a Labradoodle do?

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Jul 21, 2009

What's a Labradoodle do?

I am a breeder of registered purebred dogs and I usually don't like the breeding of dogs with silly combined names, like schnoodle, moodle, cockapoo etc. They are usually bred for the money, and not for any other purpose.

But I met a breeder of labradoodles at my vet this year, or maybe late last year, and I have decided the labradoodle people are doing it properly. This breed has been bred for a purpose, rather than solely for money making, and they do a fine job of it. Bred for helping blind people with animal allergies, a labradoodle can bring freedom to a person who otherwise is totally dependent on other people.

And labradoodle breeders have kept records, the same way that registered breeder of pure bred dogs keep records. Because of these records, there is now enough information for the breed to be recognised by the governing bodies as a dog breed.

The labradoodle I met was a handsome boy, getting vet checked prior to moving to England to add his fine characteristics to the gene pool there. An admirable task I'm sure he would be looking forward to if he knew what he was going to be doing!

I am very much against dogs being bred for the pet shop market, with the mother dogs having to have litter after litter until they are broken down and then flogged off cheap, or put down once they have stopped reproducing. I see puppies in pet shops and think, yes, they’re cute, but what after sale service is there for the puppy buyers?

The labradoodles are not in this terrible situation, they too, are bred by people who have the betterment of the breed as their most important thing, not the betterment of their wallet.

The labradoodle seems to combine the best bits from both the Labrador retriever and the poodle. Labradors are a breed that was originally bred to help people to retrieve game that the people had shot, and pick up the duck or whatever and bring it back, not eating it like I suspect my Pharaoh Hounds and perhaps Schnauzers would.

And the poodle, too, was originally a dog bred to help the shooters to get their prey out of the rivers. The original reason for the fancy haircuts you see on the prancing dog show poodle was the protection of the kidneys and leg joints of the working dogs from the cold rivers they worked in.

Poodles these days don’t usually do much physical work, but they work hard at bringing joy to the lives of many with their cute, funny and loving ways. The poodle is actually a very clever dog, excelling at dog obedience, if given a chance to do it.

Labradors and poodles combined in one package, the labradoodle is a working dog, with the many happy, loving and funny traits of its progenitors.

4 comments:

Kate said...

I saw a labradoodle recently, they look pretty cool. It's nice to know they aren't just a novelty.

Carolyn said...

I think they look pretty good too. I'm a schnauzer person though, which have a sharper look. And a pharaoh hound person, pharaohs are somethng else again - no soft hair at all, just smooth hair that sheds far more often than you'd think.

The non-shedding of the schnauzers and poodle type dogs is a big bonus - you have to get them clipped though, but not too often.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Carolyn, Labradoodles are bred for money making profit, each pup sells for $3000AUD+, both breeds that make up the Labradoodle are both severely prone to HD and PRA, the combination of both breeds enhances the fact that these diseases WILL show up some time in the dogs life. Also regarding the Allergy misnomer, it is fallacy, they are not Hypo Allergenic, its not the hair on a dog that causes allergies but in fact the Dander, skin flake etc that does, also Labradoodles do shed, some dont but the majority do. They sell because of cute factor, the current fad in todays society, one of the breeds that is the "groomers"worst nightmare, pet owners bring many into salons that are covered in faeces, maggots etc because of lack of care, cute factor is gone now.
I have 18 Pharaohs here and none of them shed much at all, maybe a tiny bit once a year, no doggy odour, and they are a breed that still to this day hunts for his master gaurds and works stock in their native homeland of Malta, and if trained correctly will give years of pleasure and joy, without hours of daily grooming.
The look of a breed is one thing, the gaurantee of health and temperament is far more important.

Carolyn said...

To the anonymous person who left the comment about the down side of the cuteness of the labradoodle, and to all of there other comments, I say good on you for having the courage to speak out.
I hate to see pups being sold in pet shops where those selling them may have little knowledge to pass on the the new owner.
I believe the labrador is not quite as prone to HD as in the past, due to careful breeding. I don't know about the poodle.
If the anonymous person has some links to verify the information they have given, I wold love to read about the issues raised.