Labradoodle Creator Has Regrets for Starting Designer Dog Craze

By Amy Sinatra Ayres

iStockPhoto Wally Conron was working as the puppy-breeding manager at the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia in the 1980s when he got a request for a couple in Hawaii.

The woman was vision impaired but her husband was allergic to dogs. Conron bred a standard Poodle with a Labrador Retriever, in the hopes of providing them with a dog who would suit both of their needs.
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When people on the waiting list only wanted purebreds, he and his colleagues "had to come up with a gimmick," and dubbed the dog the Labradoodle. But Conron regrets that now, saying it's led to a designer dog craze and irresponsible breeding. "I've done a lot of damage," Conron told The Associated Press this week. "I've created a lot of problems … There are a lot of unhealthy and abandoned dogs out there." - Read it from the AP via Yahoo

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