Looking for a Labradoodle? Rescue – Never Buy – This Breed

Looking for a Labradoodle? Rescue – Never Buy – This Breed

Labradoodle rescue collectives will match you with a dog..Labradoodles are hot doggies right now, but their success is shrouded by a very dark story.  Sure these dogs are adorable, but the sad reality has original Labradoodle breeder Wally Conron wishing he’d never built this craze.

Conron stumbled upon this new puppy hybrid when trying to find a solution for a visually impaired woman. Her husband was allergic to dogs, so she needed a guide animal that wouldn’t cause him health problems. The poodle/labrador mix fit the bill, but was hard to sell to other clients.

Eventually, Conron coined the catchy term “labradoodle,” and the new breed took off like wildfire. Celebrities like Jennifer Aniston fell in love with the sweet-natured canine, and even President Obama considered getting one for a family pet.

Enter puppy mills, eager to rake in on Labradoodle fame. These opportunists saw dollar signs, but lacked the know-how to breed these dogs right. The result has been a rash of labradoodles with health problems and unstable dispositions.

In Conron’s words, “Instead of breeding out the problems, they’re breeding them in. For every perfect one, you’re going to find a lot of crazy ones.”

The result? These dogs are unwanted, and many are killed. Conron regrets creating this “Pandora’s box,” and has become very outspoken about his concerns.

Health defects aside, trendy dogs lure buyers who simply aren’t prepared for the commitment. People who don’t understand that an animal is more than just a fashion accessory are likely to tire of the responsibility, and abandon their dog instead of giving her a proper home.

Labradoodle Rescue

If you’re considering adding a Labradoodle to your family, stay away from breeders and head to a labradoodle rescue site like Doodle Rescue Collective Inc., a non-profit that matches homeless labradoodles with potential families.

Adopting a pet is always better than supporting a puppy mill, and the only way to stop unscrupulous breeders is by not giving them your money. When you adopt a labradoodle, you don’t just save the animal’s life — you send a message to puppy mills and influence other potential pet-owners to follow your lead. All that and you get to save money? Sounds like a win-win.




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  1. Edward Robinson

    And there are very responsible breeders out there as well. Your one-size-fits-all advice is, frankly, a little weird. Who died and made Conron king? There are good and bad breeders of all sorts of dogs and the bad one are insufferable. They are as loathsome as jerks who believe if you don’t own a rescue dog you’re to be reviled. My perfect Labradoodle and I were chewed out recently at a farmers’ market by a woman with her badly behaved rescue Shepherd — because my Doodle wasn’t a rescue. Really? Sounds like she read your article. Gimme a break.

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    • Lady Freethinker

      Hi Edward,
      I’m sorry that woman was rude to you, and I’m in no way saying that all breeders are bad. But in most cases, buyers will never know either way — and with all of the homeless animals out there, it just makes sense to rescue rather than buy dogs or cats.

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  6. Ashley Turns

    Thank you for mentioning that Labradoodles are hypoallergenic. I grew up with dogs and has been wanting to find one that won’t cause my husband’s allergies to flare up for a while. I will be sure to track down some labradoodle breeders to find the perfect one to join our little family.

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