“I opened a Pandora’s box and released a Frankenstein’s monster.”
That’s what the original cross-breeder of the beloved Labradoodle breed said on a recent Australian podcast.
The sentiment is leaving dog lovers everywhere scratching their heads … but as difficult as it may be to hear (and as adorable, intelligent, and loving as Labradoodles usually are), his explanation sheds new light on the so-called designer dog trend.
Wally Conron, 90, first crossed a Labrador retriever with a poodle in 1989. At the time, he was working as the breeding manager for Guide Dogs Victoria in Australia.
Wally bred Sultan, the very first Labradoodle, to be a guide dog for a blind woman whose husband was allergic to dog fur.
He says the breed’s popularity spread so rapidly that by the time he realized the “consequences,” it was already too late.
Now Wally is saying that his “Frankenstein-esque” creation is his life’s biggest regret!
Watch the video below to hear exactly why Wally wishes he could take back the beloved breed.
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