Labradoodles and Doodles In General
There is a new trend of cross breeding almost any dog with a poodle
and calling it a "?????doodle." Please read this from the Labrador
Retriever Club. Most other breed clubs have the same type of article on
their web-page. The people breeding these cross-breeds are making a
fortune by charging $1500-$2500 and the people purchasing think they
are getting something "special" when all they are getting is a "MUTT"
Same goes for "Puggles" and "Schoodles" and all the other "Designer
Dogs". Pass this information on to other dog people so they will be
informed also.

LABRADOODLES

The Labrador Retriever Club, Incorporated is dedicated to the health
and welfare of the Labrador Retriever breed while conserving the
original breed function - that of a "working retriever." A purebred dog
offers to his owner the likelihood that he will be a specific size, shape,
color and temperament. The predictability of a breed comes from
selection for traits that are desirable and away from traits that are
undesirable. When a breed standard or type is set, the animals within
that breed have less heterozygosity than do animals in a random
population

A Labradoodle is nothing more than an expensive mongrel. Because
the genetic makeup is diverse from the Poodle genes and the Labrador
genes, the resultant first generation (F1) offspring is a complete
genetic gamble. The dog may be any size, color, coat texture and
temperament. Indeed Labradoodles do shed. Their coat may be wiry or
silky and may mat. Body shape varies with parentage but tends to be
lanky and narrow. Behavior varies with the dog and within a litter with
some puppies poodle-like in attitude and others somewhat like the
Labrador Retriever.

The Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. are opposed to cross-breeding of
dogs and is particularly opposed to the deliberate crossing of
Labrador Retrievers with any other breed. These crossbreds are a
deliberate attempt to mislead the public with the idea that there is an
advantage to these designer dogs. The crossbred dogs are prone to all
of the genetic disease of both breeds and offer none of the advantages
that owning a purebred dog has to offer.

Frances S. Smith DVM, Ph.D.
LRC, Inc. Board of Directors
Diplomate American College of Theriogenology

June 20, 2005

(For more on Labradoodles read the article from the AKC Gazette by
Mrs. Anne Rogers Clark)