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Labradoodles

HISTORY OF LABRADOODLES

Labradoodles HistoryThe first mention of the name Labradoodle was in 1955, when this breed was described in a book by Donald Campbell.  There, he tells the story of cross-breeding a poodle and labrador, and describes the kind of dog that came as the result.

A request for such a breed came from a blind woman in Hawaii who needed a guide dog but could not get one because her husband had a very strong dog-related allergy.  

In 1988, an Australian breeder by the name of Wally Conron successfully crossed two breeds - a standard poodle and Labrador Retriever.  The purpose of the cross-breeding was to create a hypoallergenic guide dog for blind people.  Soon, the new breed was introduced to breeders in the USA and became an instant sensation.  The new breed was hypoallergenic and combined the great personality of a poodle and the incredible trainability of a Labrador.  All this made the labradoodle an incredibly popular breed.  When Barak Obama considered getting one, the breed became even more recognizable (although he later chose a Portuguese Water Dog).