Where Are Labradoodles From?
The Labradoodle crossbreed was developed in the late 1980s by Wally Conron, a dog trainer for the Australian Guide Dog Association.
The idea for mixing a Golden Retriever with a Poodle was sparked by a request for a hypoallergenic dog from a Hawaiian woman married to a blind man with allergies. Conron initially attempted to make a Standard Poodle, well known for having a coat that doesn’t shed or carry dander, into a guide dog. However, his attempts were futile, as the Poodle breed did not prove amenable to the depth of training required of a service dog.
Conron then decided to cross the hypoallergenic Poodle with the intelligent, dependable, and trainable Golden Retriever breed. Initially, patrons were not interested in obtaining crossbred dogs and only wanted purebreds. In an attempt to raise public perception, Conron gave his crossbreed a name: the “Labradoodle.”
The hybrid “Labradoodle” quickly became widely desired, inspiring the creation of additional breeding programs worldwide. Although crossbreeds are not recognized by the AKC, there are numerous organizations that ensure ethics and breeding standards for the Labradoodle.