Why I Don’t Do Doodles
There are a few reasons why I do not support the breeding of doodles. This doesn’t mean I hate them, I groom many doodles and have many friends who own them.
Have you ever researched the history of the “labradoodle?” (the first doodle)
Wally Conron created the “labradoodle” because a woman in Hawaii needed a hypoallergenic seeing eye dog. Although poodles can make great seeing eye dogs, Wally had trouble training them, so as a last resort, he bred his boss’ poodle with one of his labrador retrievers. He successfully trained one of the puppies for the woman, but had trouble placing the remaining puppies with other service dog candidates. People wanted the purebred dogs, not the lab-poodle mutts. So he turned to the media and coined the name “labradoodle”... everyone went crazy for them. Wally Conron now regrets breeding them because puppy farmers/mills and 'backyard breeders' took a advantage of the craze over them. In his own words, this is what he’s said about them: "I released the reason for these unethical, ruthless people to breed these dogs and sell them for big bucks, that’s my big regret.” "It was a gimmick. They were a crossbreed, nobody wanted them, but everybody wanted a Labradoodle. Same dog, different name," "I realized what I had done within a matter of days, and I went to our big boss at the time and I said to him, 'Look, I've created a monster, we need to do something about it to control it." I opened a Pandora's box and released a Frankenstein monster.”
Everything the breeders of doodles are trying to create are already in the poodle, but even better.
I don’t support the breeding of doodles because poodles already exist and have existed for centuries. Breeders have worked very hard to preserve and better the breed. Labradoodles are just a fad. They are highly overpriced mutts (I’m not using mutt as a derogatory term, just stating the fact).
Doodles can make excellent dogs, just as any breed or mixed breed could, but I’m choosing to preserve my breed and improve my lines rather than hurt the years of work poodle breeders have been working hard to create.