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Were labradoodles a mistake?

The labradoodle—a cross between a Labrador and the poodle—was invented by a professional breeder with a simple goal: create a guide dog that did not shed. Nearly 30 years after the first litter of labradoodle pups came into the world, the "oodle" craze is out of control; there are endless poodle crossbreeds to choose from due to both their adorable and hypoallergenic nature. But Wally Conron, the labradoodle inventor, says he regrets his initial experiment. Crossbreeding has gotten out of hand, and many dogs suffer because of it. Could you live without the labradoodle craze?

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Labradoodles were born out of a need to help others, and they've been doing nothing else since. These adorable pups will stare straight into your soul, pierce your heart with their expressive eyebrows, and grab on with their soft, sweet paws. How could you not love them? 

Sure, the "oodle" fallout after the labradoodle has been extensive to say the least, but think of how many families are filled with love and doggie-affection now that there are more hypoallergenic options available. 

Plus, there's a poodle crossbreed for everyone. Love big dogs? Level up your life with a goldendoodle. More of a small dog person? Shih-poos will love you for years to come. 

According to CBS, Labradors and poodles are two of the top-10 most popular dog breeds in the U.S. Their crossbred puppies were bound to be an astounding success. Long live the labradoodle!

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Nevertheless, the creator of labradoodles himself has very real concerns about the health of these crossbred puppies. According to ABC's Fiona Pepper, the reality of what Conron created hit within just a few days:

"I opened a Pandora's box and released a Frankenstein's monster," he says.

The labradoodle was born from a need for a hypoallergenic guide dog, and as a result, poodle crossbreds can be found in homes of all kinds. But as a professional breeder, Conron has real concerns about the health of each of these dogs: 

"I realised the reason for these unethical, ruthless people [was] to breed these dogs and sell them for big bucks," Wally says.
"I find that the biggest majority are either crazy or have a hereditary problem. I do see some damn nice labradoodles but they're few and far between."

Perhaps it would have be better for labradoodles to stay in the guide dog universe alone, serving a specific purpose. Or perhaps they never should have been created at all.

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