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A Labradoodle is a crossbred dog created by crossing the
Labrador Retriever and the Standard or Miniature Poodle.
The term first appeared in 1955, but was not popularized
until 1988, where the mix was used as an allergen-free
The first known use of the term "Labradoodle" was by Sir
Donald Campbell to describe his Labrador/Poodle cross
dog in his 1955 book, "Into the Water Barrier". However,
the Labradoodle became better known in 1988, when
Australian breeder Wally Conron crossed the Labrador
Retriever and Standard Poodle at Guide Dogs Victoria.
Conron's aim was to combine the low-shedding coat of the
Poodle with the gentleness and trainability of the
Labrador, and to provide a guide dog suitable for people
with allergies to fur and dander. Labradoodles are now
widely used around the world as guide, assistance, and
therapy dogs as well as being popular family dogs.
There is no consensus as to whether breeders should aim
to have Labradoodles recognized as a breed. Some
breeders prefer to restrict breeding to early generation
dogs (i.e. bred from a Poodle and Labrador rather than
from two Labradoodles) to maximize genetic diversity,
and avoid the inherited health problems that have
plagued some dog breeds.
Others are breeding Labradoodle to Labradoodle over
successive generations, and trying to establish a new
dog breed. These dogs are usually referred to as
Multigenerational (Multigen) or Australian Labradoodles.
Australian Labradoodles also differ from early
generation and Multigenerational Labradoodles in that
they may also have other breeds in their ancestry.
Because the Labradoodle is a hybrid and not a breed,
puppies do not have consistently predictable
characteristics. While many Labradoodles display desired
traits, their appearance and behavioral characteristics
remain, to some extent, unpredictable. As such,
Labradoodles' hair can be anywhere from wiry to soft,
and may be straight, wavy, or curly. Many Labradoodles
do shed, although the coat usually sheds less and has
less dog odor than that of a Labrador Retriever.
Like most Labrador Retrievers and Poodles, Labradoodles
are generally friendly, energetic and good with families
and children (although as with any dog the temperament
may vary between individuals). Labradoodles often
display an affinity for water and strong swimming
ability from their parent breeds.
Like their parent breeds, both of which are amongst the
world's most intelligent dog breeds, Labradoodles are
very intelligent and quite trainable, often seeking
commands and exhibiting behavior consistent with finding
pleasure in learning.
Labradoodles can suffer from problems common to their
parent breeds. Poodles and Labrador Retrievers can
suffer from hip dysplasia, and should have specialist
radiography to check for this problem before breeding.
The parent breeds can also suffer from a number of eye
disorders, and an examination by a qualified veterinary
eye specialist should be performed on breeding dogs.
In the British TV motoring show Top Gear, they bring in
a Labradoodle named Top Gear dog. It has "retired" from
the show and has its own Twitter account, @TGDog.