I have two Labradoodles who are the loves of my life. That being said, I will argue for hours about the beginnings and benefits of Labradoodles. They are a `breed' that I am convinced will be recognised by the AKC not too far down the track. They are a combination that works beautifully, they are magnificent dogs, and they were bred deliberately for a reason.
The only thing that makes me sad about the Labradoodle is that it gave birth to the new swathe of designer dog `breeds' around, which to me is truly disgusting. I have no problem with people trying to create a new breed or a genuine cross-breed when there is a valid and genuine purpose behind it, as there was with the Labradoodle.
But to cross dogs willy-nilly, because of a fad or because its trendy and particularly to make a quick buck, is truly repellant and unfortunately I do think the Labradoodle is responsible for that. It is truly a shame, they are such wonderful beautiful dogs, and yet anything people see that they can emulate to make money, to promote a gimmick, is just a terrible thing for the dog world as a whole.
I would do anything I could to stop the spread of F1 crosses that is sprouting like a noxious weed all over the world, but I would never protest the existence of the Labradoodle. That was a great idea and has achieved a wonderful new breed, albeit an `unrecognised' one.
I do have to say that I've given my share of lectures to people who have blithely asked me if I intend to breed them. NO WAY. They are neutered and have been since they were six months old. No BYBreeding here. Unfortunately not everyone has the knowledge or understanding, and just see $$$$ every time they think of crossing a poodle with anything. Its a terrible mess and a real black mark on the breeding world, but I don't see how it will ever be stopped now, too many people are on the bandwagon