Breeding ‘Frankenstein’ designer dogs is ‘worldwide epidemic’ says expert as breeders strive to produce ‘weirder and weirder’ pets
- Animal expert Madeline Bernstein has written an expose on designer dogs
- Her new book shows how there is a ‘lurid criminal world of cross breeding’
- She said owners are being conned by these gangs into paying for ‘mutts’
- Designer dogs have been made popular by celebrities such as Jenifer Aniston
An international animal welfare activist has branded designer dogs such as Labradoodles as ‘Frankenstein’ animals created by ruthless breeders and criminals.
Madeline Bernstein, head of an animal welfare charity in Los Angeles, has written a book which she says is ‘an expose into the lurid and very often criminal world of cross breeding’.
Supermodel Elle MacPherson was one of the first celebrities with a labradoodle when she bought Bella in 2004.
Graham Norton and Jeremy Clarkson have also owned designer dogs.
Australian dog breeder Wally Conron ‘invented’ the Labradoodle in the late 1980s, when he crossed a Labrador and a Poodle.
At the time, he was working as the breeding manager for the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia when he received an unusual request from a woman in Hawaii.
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