The man who created the labradoodle says he regrets the breed, describing them as “crazy Frankenstein’s monsters”.
Wally Conron, bred the first labradoodle – Sultan – in 1989, as a guide dog for a blind woman whose husband was allergic to dog hair.
“I do see some damn nice labradoodles but they’re few and far between,” he told the ABC.
“I find that the biggest majority are either crazy or have a hereditary problem.”
His regret began to seep in shortly after the original media hype around Sultan, and the subsequent popularity, of the crossbreed.
“I realised what I had done in a matter of days,” he said.
Conron expressed concern that people were overbreeding the dog and creating new sub-breeds, such as the spoodle (spaniel and a poodle) and the groodle (golden retrievers and poodles).
“People are just breeding for the money … unscrupulous breeders are crossing poodles with inappropriate dogs simply so they can say they were the first to do it.”
One reason for the dog’s popularity is their “hypoallergenic” fur, but a study by the Henry Ford Hospital department of public health sciences concluded this was a myth.
“We found no scientific basis to the claim hypoallergenic dogs have less allergen,” said Christine Cole Johnson, senior author of the study.
A-listers who love the breed include Jennifer Aniston, Graham Norton and Jeremy Clarkson and even the Obama’s
The Obama’s also considered a labradoodle before ultimately deciding on a couple of Portuguese water dogs.