|Barked: Sat Jun 30, '12 5:45pm PST |
|The Original labradoodle breeders gave up on them because they couldn't get what they Wanted out of them... Which was a non shedding lab. The temperaments never meshed right and they coat is unpredictable. There are still some that are being bred for service work but honestly I don't get it. There are perfectly good breeds that are non shedding without the mess they've gotten themselves into.
My problem with the whole designer dog craze is multi-pronged but the most important of my complaints is that most of the breeders stick with the 'hybrid vigor' mess which is only useful if the stock you're breeding from is Healthy to begin with. I have this argument with the whole of the 'myth' theory. You only get healthy genetics from healthy genetics.
I don't have problems with cross breeding.. you can't be in working border collies and have a problem with it. Heck most of the hard stock lines are about the same as kmpv bred dogs. I actually am really fond of some of the purpose bred crosses.
What I don't like is the random throwing of two dissimilar breeds together for no purpose and adding a cutsie name to it to sell them for more money than the pure breds that go into them. I would say a good 95% of the one's I've met have been spastic. Actually the worst bite I've seen was from a labradoodle who bit three people in my salon and put two of them in the hospital. The cockapoos which have been being breed for just about as long Still have the same health problems they did starting out ... allergies and skin issues are Horrible. But what do you expect when Both breeds you're working with have these issues?
I'll stick to my working dogs thanks just the same.
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