Wally Conron, the creator of the designer breed of the labradoodle, says he regrets what he’s done because he says most of them are either nuts or have hereditary problems. Wallys states that he created the hybrid breed for hypo-allergic reasons and now designer dogs have become a thing and he’s not here for it. It’s a good thing for Wally that labradoodles can’t read human or else he’d wake up to find his lawn covered with crazed labradoodle turds of revenge.
According to The New York Post:
An Australian man who created the world’s first labradoodle says he regrets creating the popular hybrid breed — claiming in a recent interview the majority are “either crazy or have hereditary problems.”
Wally Conron bred the first labradoodle — a cross between a poodle and Labrador retriever — in 1989 for a blind woman who couldn’t have a guide dog because her husband was allergic to dog hair, Conron told the Australian Broadcasting Network on Monday.
Wally claims he had no idea this breed would go on to become one of the most popular in the world and celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Graham Norton would get one:
Fast-forward three decades and the labradoodle has become one of the most popular mixed-breed dogs in the world — a fact that doesn’t sit so well with the man who made them.
“I opened a Pandora’s box and released a Frankenstein’s monster,” said Conron, a former breeding manager with the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia.
Conron said he fears people are over-breeding the dog, creating versions of their own including groodles (a mixture of golden retrievers and poodles) and spoodles (a cross between a spaniel and a poodle).
“I find that the biggest majority are either crazy or have a hereditary problem,” he said. “I do see some damn nice labradoodles but they’re few and far between.”
Wally talked about this back in 2014, according to Boston.com
“I’ve done a lot of damage,” Conron told The Associated Press in 2014. “I’ve created a lot of problems.”
Conron said that unscrupulous people setting up “horrific” puppy mills, and backyard breeders who were breeding for bucks, were to blame for producing a glut of unstable dogs that would eventually be euthanized.
In a 2014 interview with Psychology Today, Conron acknowledged that the “doodle” name was “a gimmick” that went global.
“People ask me, ‘Aren’t you proud of yourself?’ I tell them: ‘No! Not in the slightest.’ I’ve done so much harm to pure breeding and made many charlatans quite rich,” he said. “I wonder, in my retirement, whether we bred a designer dog — or a disaster!
I get that all dogs can’t be stars like Bo from Walmart or Susan Sarandon’s WOKE non-racist dog but it does feel a little harsh to call a whole breed a mistake. I mean it’s not like they were bred with Michael Lohan’s sperm!