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Thu Sep 26, 2019, 06:04 AM

The creator of the labradoodle says he made 'Frankenstein's monster'

Aficionados see a lot to love in the labradoodle, the Labrador retriever-poodle mix that ranks among the world’s most popular “designer dogs.”

But not Wally Conron.

The Australian man who introduced labradoodles to the world back in 1989 says the breed is his “life’s regret” — the spark for a proliferation of poodle hybrids that he claims has run amok with irresponsible breeding causing health problems.

“I opened a Pandora’s box and released a Frankenstein’s monster,” he told the Australia Broadcasting Corp. in an interview last week.

The comments have drawn confusion and indignant disagreement from Labradoodle lovers everywhere — but also recognition of dangers in the reckless pursuit of adorable new canine combinations.

Conron has been distancing himself from the labradoodle for years. A Psychology Today post from 2014 cites an interview with Conron in which he decries “backyard breeders” that have “jumped on the bandwagon” he started. The breeder makes the same laments in a 2016 blog post, writing of the “mania” that followed labradoodles’ rise to prominence.

“New breeds began to flood the market: groodles, spoodles, caboodles and snoodles,” he says.


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Thu Sep 26, 2019, 06:30 AM

1. What do you call it when you cross a canaan terrier with a poodle?

I don't know, but you'll want to kiss and cuddle it a lot!

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Thu Sep 26, 2019, 08:58 AM

2. These "doodles" are the only dogs which upset Zeus

Black lab Zeus loves every dog he sees except the doodles. Doesn't matter if we meet on the walking path or if they are walking across the street and he only sees them thru the window. Hackles go up and barking begins. I guess in his little doggie mind they aren't "real" dogs.

Don't flame me - the doodles can be awfully cute and allow people who are allergic to other dogs to have a wonderful pet and companion. The problem is unethical breeders throughout the dog breeding world.

In previous years we would have called these dogs mutts of dubious parentage. 😁

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