Dear Daisy Dog
What do you think of the new Labradoodle breed?
Actually, a Labradoodle is an expensive mixed breed, a cross between a Labrador retriever and a standard poodle.
Labradoodles were first bred in Australia 15 years ago, in an attempt to create a guide dog that wouldn’t shed.
Today, they are trendy dogs, with price tags of over $1000.
Despite their blue-blooded cost, Labradoodles are not recognized as a discrete breed because they are still too varied. For example, some shed, while others don’t.
To win recognition as a distinct breed, Labradoodles bred to each other must consistently produce dogs that have predictable physical characteristics and temperament, just like other breeds of dogs.
Breeding aside, even I have to admit Labradoodles are wonderful dogs.
I am a standard poodle, the tallest variety within the poodle breed. As you can understand, I think adding poodle genes would improve almost any breed, even the Labrador, the most popular breed of dog in America.
We poodles don’t shed, so we are often crossed with other breeds. Just look how we helped popularize the cockapoo, a mixed breed of cocker spaniel and miniature poodle ancestry.
Labrador retrievers, poodles and Labradoodles are friendly and good with children, and they are intelligent and easy to train.
If you choose not to buy an expensive Labradoodle, you’ll find many other lovable retriever mixes for adoption at the shelter.