At 90, if there is one thing that Wally Conron regrets, it is the creation of a Frankenstein Monster in the form of what is now popular as the Labradoodle. A cross breed between a Labrador and a poodle, the labradoodle has been making news all this while.
Having relevant experience working with Guide Dogs Victoria in Australia, the first Labrador-Poodle cross happened in 1989. While these designer breeds started making there way into households what followed was reportedly disease and pain.
Many of those who brought home a labradoodle were oblivious of the harmful impact a labradoodle could have on their children.
Studies have revealed that majority of the Labradoodles are either crazy or have a hereditary problem. Very few have reported to have been fully healthy.
Not just Conron but most knowledgable people associated to the genetics discipline have stressed on how cross-breeding can increase the risk of a congenital disease in a canine, mostly down the generations. Not just the labradoodle but even the new Rottweiler-Poodle hybrid, known as Rottle or a Rottie-Poo has fast turned into a matter of discussion.
Conron cameup with the idea to cross a poodle and a Labrador primarily because he wanted to provide a guide dog for a blind woman in Hawaii whose husband was allergic to dogs.
With news of this new breed starting to spread the labradoodle became popular in Australia and places afar.
Much likes Labrador Retrievers and Poodles who suffer from hip dysplasia and eye disease, even the labradoodle has its similar ailments.
Experts across the board widely believe that breeders should pay more attention to dog’s health.
While Conron may have sparked a debate on what he feels was against the grain of scientific experimentation, owners and admirers from across the spectrum have shared photos on social media and wonder how anyone could describe those cute, scruffy faces as “Frankenstein monster”-like.
A foreignmedia report from Florida suggests David Sinter, 45 has a 7-year-old Labradoodle named Bentley — “like the car” — who has “always been a good dog.”
Scientist from the Humane Society of the United States, John Goodwin has said one of the biggest problems with “designer breeds” is that many puppy mills focus more on maximizing the number of dogs they sell rather than the well-being.
A lot of these breeding dogs are kept in miserable, inhumane conditions in these puppy mills.
Genetic problems arise when any one breed becomes popular and is overbred with dogs only of that breed, he added.