|Barked: Mon Nov 26, '12 4:51am PST |
|while I don't precisely think that dogs of any kind are ugly, there are definitely "looks" that don't appeal to me, and the doodle is one of those that for me is borderline ugly.
I think the most unattractive dog I ever laid eyes on was a Doberman poodle mix. Large dog. Looked alot like a schnauzer, but had tan points. Had a less then steller temperament.
I would have to say I've never met a doodle that really impressed me, or that had attributes that were sufficient for me to consider them legitimate as a breeding project. Need a smart, sensitive, non shedder? The standard poodle. Don't care about shedding and want a family buddy? The golden or the lab take care of that pretty well.
As far as function, both the labs and the poodle and golden retriever are all water dogs and have similar health problems because of that. There's really nothing that breeding doodle does that eliminates any particular health issue.
In fact, labradoodles and golden doodles have a higher then average chance of getting Addison's disease, and certain health issues like hip dysplasia occur in every single breed of dog AND mutts because it's polygenic and the only way to know what you're dealing with is to get hip xrays.
But, people get sucked into the idea that mutts are the way to go, and as far as I'm concerned it's buyer beware unless the dog comes from a shelter.
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