Why have Labradoodles and other mixed breeds become so popular?
It is common to hear that it’s a dog’s world. As the adage goes, a dog is a man’s best friend. Dogs have served as guides for the blind, retrievers in rescue missions, and for companionship for centuries. Pure breeds were all the rage until the first successful cross breeding of a Labrador and a Poodle by Wally Conron in the late eighties, and the Labradoodle was born, ushering in the trend of designer dogs.
Since then, demand for designer dogs has skyrocketed, from celebrities to the everyday folk. Research shows that proper cross-breeding results in dogs with better genetic composition than their parental breeds and are less likely to show disorders. Breeders take the best genes from each parental strain and concoct a cross-breed making the hybrid live longer than the both the parental breeds.
Poodles are famous for their cute faces, fur coats and they are easy to cross-breed with other dogs for desired results. Poodles are famous for their intelligence and serve as excellent therapy dogs. For dog lovers with allergies, poodle crossbreeds are ideal because they do not shed hair and shed less dander, which is the reason for human allergies from pets.
Poodles come in various sizes from the teacup, the toy, and miniature to the standard. This variety in size has given designer pet lovers options for the different living spaces. Properly cross bred dogs have a cool temperament and are known to be calm, obedient, and sociable.
Since the introduction of the labradoodle, other cross breeds includes a cockapoo (cocker spaniel and a poodle), a puggle (a beagle and a pug), a Shih-poo (Shih Tzu and a poodle), the Golli (golden retriever and a collie) and the list is endless.
Hybrid dog lovers are paying dearly to have cross bred dogs. Wally Conron, now 85, expresses concern with the cross breeds of today saying that, instead of breeding out the problems, they are breeding them in. The process has led to many dogs going unwanted and some being put down.