Monday, May 3, 2010

Original "Doodle" breeder regrets his involvement in designer dog fad.

Wally Conran, the man who coined the term "Labradoodle", has decided he regrets breeding the first "Labradoodle" for a woman seeking a hypoallergenic service dog. 

In creating that first purposefully bred Lab/ Poodle cross he kicked off one of the biggest fads in dog history, the "Designer Dog". Soon after that first breeding, people were begging for non-shedding, poodle mixes of their own. Poodle mixes then evolved into random mixes of breeds with cutesy names like "Cavachon", a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise. Of course pet stores jumped at the chance to make millions off of these in demand pups, and the only people who could meet those demands are the dreaded puppy mills. 

 A puppy mill, where most "designer" breeds come from.

Now we have literally millions of mixed breed puppies being pumped out by these puppy making machines, to meet the demand of ignorant folks everywhere. And as we all know from Economics class, when the demand goes up, so does the price! Resulting in mutt puppies, with improperly cared for, non-standard parents, being sold for twice, sometimes triple the amount of a well cared for, well bred pure bred puppy. Or, how about the same mix, but from a rescue or a shelter???

A prized "doodle" living the shelter life.

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