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Old 05-04-2010, 06:39 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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I had no idea they were created for a good cause. Then, byb took advantage of it and well, we know how that ended!

Labradoodle creator's regrets -- says inventing 'designer dog' may have been a 'disaster'
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Old 05-04-2010, 07:42 PM
 
Location: FL
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Wow, interesting. Those dogs are very lovable but some have curlier hair than others. Heard the curlier the less allergy causing. Wonder if that is so.
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:11 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Hair has nothing to do with allergies, it's the dander as well as saliva. Can't breed those out!
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Old 05-05-2010, 05:16 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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i knew they had been created to be guide dogs for people suffering from allergies.... just so sad that it has spun so far out of control.....

puggles seem to be the flavor (mutt?) of the month (year??) .... i had never heard of them before about 6 -9 months ago..... now i see them everywhere i go.....
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Old 05-05-2010, 06:16 AM
 
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What I don't understand is why a standard poodle can't be a guide dog.

Poodles are super intelligent, trainable, and hypoallergenic.

I just don't understand why the Labrador needed to be added to create a hypoallergenic guide dog.
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Old 05-05-2010, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Way South of the Volvo Line
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Yes, I don't understand the Lab part of the hypoallergenic equation. Labs have voluminous dander, it's part of what makes them water dogs. It would make more sense to use a "haired" dog like a Weimaraner or a Vizsla.
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Old 05-05-2010, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Illinois
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Labs were added for the temperment part as a 25 year Labrador owner, trainer, breeder, field trial exhibitor. Our family has the privilege of owning Henry an almost 7 year old Labradoodle. Just a fine dog...great, great temperment, very intelligent, excellent guard dog, retrieves all day and sheds very little. We also, within our extended family have a cockapoo....my opinion is that the smaller the poodle, the more aggressive the temperment.
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Old 05-05-2010, 08:43 AM
 
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Other breeds have been tried, but Labs are the only ones that guide dog trainers have pretty consistent success with. Labs have that 'willingness' to want to do that type of work.
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Old 05-05-2010, 08:54 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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puggles seem to be the flavor (mutt?) of the month (year??) .... i had never heard of them before about 6 -9 months ago..... now i see them everywhere i go.....
Yup, they sure are. I'm positive they are the #1 mixed breed here in San Diego. At the dog park, there are always at least 6, usually more, on any given night. They don't look the same, some are huge, some are small, some resemble a beagle, some the pug, all different colors and lately many with really bad temperaments and aggression.

My neighbor got 2 puppies and paid $1200 each...right now, our shelters here are overflowing with them because people get them an realize the cuteness wears off. It's so bad, that the pug rescue stooped down and is actually advertising "puggles" in hopes of drawing people to them and not the stores/byb. They have like 2 pugs and 11 pug/beagle mixes, which is so odd.
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Old 05-05-2010, 02:19 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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puggles seem to be the flavor (mutt?) of the month (year??) .... i had never heard of them before about 6 -9 months ago..... now i see them everywhere i go.....
Probably because they were in a movie (I Love You Man I Love You, Man (2009))
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