Labradoodles – Goldendoodles – Doodles!
Is there any one who has not seen the newspaper advertisements or television programs about the newest designer mixed breeds?
People constantly ask my opinion about the latest in a long line of Poodle mixes.
This is what I tell them: There is nothing that any breed can add to a poodle to improve it.
If people did not think that Poodles were wonderful they would not be trying to improve their own breeds by making cockapoos, peek-a-poos, malti-poos, Shih Tzu-poos, Schnauzer-poos, Pom-a-poos, and the latest—Labradoodles and Goldendoodles.
Any breed mixed with a Poodle, only compromises the things we love about our breed. In most cases the puppies resulting from these cross breedings are no longer hypo-allergenic, dander-less and non shedding.
You don’t know what to expect with regard to the temperament, genetic health concerns, longevity, coat care or size. And to top it all off, you have probably paid top dollar for your new mongrel.
You cannot enter an AKC show either in conformation, obedience, Agility or any other form of AKC competition. Your puppy cannot be registered as a breed and should not be used for breeding.
Labradoodles are already showing up in your local shelters and will no doubt be followed shortly by the Goldendoodles. Cockapoos and other poos have been there for years.
Just in case you think that mixed breeds are healthier than purebred dogs, we are already seeing many “doodles” with Addison’s and epilepsy. In addition, when you breed a Golden Retriever or Labrador Retriever, which are a large, big bodied and heavy boned breeds, to a Standard Poodle, which is a refined elegant breed with smaller bone and much less substance, you are asking for all kinds of structural problems relating to hip and elbow dysplasia. We are seeing many cases of this already.
I have already declined the “opportunity” to use my stud on a Labrador or Golden Retriever bitch and have also refused to sell a bitch to be used for breeding to a Lab or Golden stud. All the more reason to sell your pet puppies spayed or neutered.
Past President, Poodle Club of Southern California
Poodles are NOT whimps or frou-frou dogs?
They are the original retriever, a ‘real’ dog, they are intelligent athletes who are definitely non shedding and hypo allergenic.
Why not get a poodle and leave the face shaggy? Just because you have a poodle doesn’t mean you have to shave/cut/trim it like a traditional poodle!
When you go to a reputable breeder for a poodle puppy – or better yet Poodle Rescue – you will know EXACTLY what you are going to end up with.
You will not be taking a chance, guessing at the dog’s final size or left wondering if the dog will shed, or not.
Labradoodles and Goldendoodles are showing up in the shelters. People who have been promised ‘easy care/non shedding coats’ are finding that like Poodles, Labradoodles and Goldendoodles need REGULAR grooming and that because many of the Labradoodles and Goldendoodles are much larger than Standard Poodles those grooming fees are much more than they expected.
Still want a Goldendoodle or a Labradoodle? Please visit our rescue section – we have a steady flow of Goldendoodles and Labradoodles – in all colors – puppies and adults both.