I have been involved in "discussions" with breeders on Doodle sites where they become highly defensive about their dogs and the prices they demand for basically mixed-breed, mutt dogs.
Our website was originally started, two years ago, over one of those discussions that got very heated where we tried to make people understand that the parentage of our Doodles still needs health testing and genetic understanding, just like full bred poodles and retrievers do. That some people see a cash crop designer dog and don't do any testing, is one of the main reasons why doodles are winding up in shelters more and more. At one point, breeders were promising "hypo-allergenic" and "non-shedding" doodles, which cannot be promised in first gen Doodles.
We have done much to dispel that myth but there are still breeders making that promise.
Understanding that Poodle Breeders would feel even stronger about the "abomination" of a Doodle should make them angry at irresponsible Doodle Breeders and not Doodle Rescuers, however. I don't know where The Poodle Club of America is on this, but I know at one point the AKC club was considering admitting Labradoodles into their lists. Probably only for the fee, sadly.
The Poodle in our doodles is what makes them the smart, sweet teddy bears that they are. Side by side, and not cut in a poodle cut, many std poodles can and are passed off as doodles. There are some responsible breeders of Doodles out there who do care about their blood lines and what happens to their dogs. Of course, they charge high prices for their dogs and "you get what you pay for," just like anything else.
The Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, Cock-a-poos, Bija-poos, and all the other mixes out there are because of back yard breeders trying to cash in on the Doodle Designer Dog Craze. Take any poodle and any other breed, stick them together, shake it up and voila...you have a $1000+ dog. Especially in this economy, people will pay it because the good breeders charge much more. Again, you get what you pay for and after a few months that fluffy teddy bear starts chewing, running, jumping and becoming a dog so they dump him in a shelter because they don't understand the breed tendencies or he sheds or is too active or some other stupid reason. Then we try to save him.
I don't need to be part of any club but it would have been nice to have friends in "high places." Then again, I have better friends in "low places" that I treasure and appreciate more than anything. I am happy in my little niche, doing what I do and saving Poodles and Doodles...one by one. Getting off my soap box now.
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One by one . . . until there are none!
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