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Creator of Labradoodle says it's his 'biggest regret'


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Cherished for its fluffiness and cuteness, the Labradoodle is one of Britain's most popular dogs. Wally Conron, the creator, wishes he’d never invented the breed.

In 1989, Conron, an Australian man, first decided to crossbreed dogs and create what is now considered to be the most popular designer dog: the Labrador Retriever-Poodle mix. Conran created the breed for medical reasons and wasn't necessarily aiming for looks - though the Labradoodle is one good-looking dog.

Approached by a Hawaiian woman who was blind, but who’s husband was allergic to dogs, it was important for Conran to provide this woman with a guide dog who could help her out. The Labradoodle would shed less and cause minimal problems to the Hawaiian woman’s husband.

Frankenstein's Monster

In a recent interview with the Australia Broadcasting Corporation, he said “I opened a Pandora’s box and released a Frankenstein’s monster,” realising that his actions have given motivation to an unhealthy obsession with crossbreeding and has led to breeding designer dogs with a disregard to the health of the animals.

Conron’s comments have sparked debate among Labradoodle lovers but even huge fans of the Labradoodle find it difficult to disagree that it is unethical in some ways to disregard the medical aspects – of which a lot of Labradoodles are victim of, some of them being described as crazy or having hereditary problems.

Designer Dogs

It is of course unfortunate that people have jumped on the bandwagon to create designer dogs in order to have the perfect canine – without fully considering the side effects and acknowledging that unhealthy puppies are part of the outcome of reckless crossbreeding.

Conron voices his worries, saying “unscrupulous breeders are crossing poodles with inappropriate dogs simply so they can say they were the first to do it."

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