‘I’ve created a monster’: labradoodle inventor speaks of his regret

We’re afraid we have some rather upsetting news.The humble labradoodle (a cross between a poodle and a labrador) has been stabbed in the back… by none other than the very man who invented it. Speaking with Sum of All Parts, an Australian science podcast, Wally Conran, who invented the breed, said: ‘I opened a Pandora box and released a Frankenstein monster.’ As one Twitter user pointed out, Frankenstein’s monster only became evil when it was cruelly rejected by its inventor. We beg you to rethink this, Mr Conran. ‘I find that the biggest majority are either crazy or have a hereditary problem,’ Mr Conran said. To which the president of the Australian Labradoodle Club of America, replied ‘all dogs are crazy’. Mr Conran’s discomfort with his invention dates back to 1989, when he bred what is widely considered to be the very first labradoodle. The decision to mix a labrador and a poodle was not based on aesthetics, nor was it ever intended to be a fashionable breed. In fact, the labradoodle was first bred as a guide dog for a blind woman whose husband was allergic to long-haired dogs. Given that poodles don’t shed their hair, they seemed the perfect breed to cross with a labrador (which are better suited to being guide-dogs)- and it worked.

We’re afraid we have some rather upsetting news.The humble labradoodle (a cross between a poodle and a labrador) has been stabbed in the back… by none other than the very man who invented it. Speaking with Sum of All Parts, an Australian science podcast, Wally Conran, who invented the breed, said: ‘I opened a Pandora box and released a Frankenstein monster.’ As one Twitter user pointed out, Frankenstein’s monster only became evil when it was cruelly rejected by its inventor. We beg you to rethink this, Mr Conran. ‘I find that the biggest majority are either crazy or have a hereditary problem,’ Mr Conran said. To which the president of the Australian Labradoodle Club of America, replied ‘all dogs are crazy’. Mr Conran’s discomfort with his invention dates back to 1989, when he bred what is widely considered to be the very first labradoodle. The decision to mix a labrador and a poodle was not based on aesthetics, nor was it ever intended to be a fashionable breed. In fact, the labradoodle was first bred as a guide dog for a blind woman whose husband was allergic to long-haired dogs. Given that poodles don’t shed their hair, they seemed the perfect breed to cross with a labrador (which are better suited to being guide-dogs)- and it worked.

 

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