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Okay, for the 97 bazillionth time, got asked last night on our walk in the park "what is he crossed with?" of my (obviously) mini poodle boy.

I gave my standard answer .... "poodle crossed with poodle". It is insane, though, isn't it, that poodles have become so uncommon that people are more accustomed to poodle crosses than actual proper poodles????

My other half (also annoyed by the eternal cross question), who is a total dog novice until now, asked me WHY anyone would even want a labradoodle (and it pains me to even type that b*****d of a word), and I could not think of a single reason.

Want a allergy-friendly dog? Get a poodle. Want a big dog? Get a standard. Want a water dog? Get a poodle. Want a smart trainable dog? GET A POODLE!

And I LOVE retrievers; always had Goldens before I met my allergic S.O. Thought I would always have retrievers. They are great dogs. But if you want a retriever, get a retriever!

Okay, rant over. Clearly had too much coffee this morning!
 

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I know exactly what you mean. If I get asked one more time if Lula is a labradoodle I think I'll scream. Then when I say no, they ask what is she crossed with, I say she's a standard poodle and they look at me as if I'm weird!
 

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I get the same thig with Poppy! A sort of double take, and then "Is she a .... poodle?" in the sort of tone that wonders whether it is an insult or not. People who know poodles, on the other hand, are delighted to meet a "proper" poodle. One does wonder just what sort of poodles are being bred into the mixes - and what people are thinking of who will pay more for a "rare" cross breed than a pure bred pup! Perhaps we need a full blown PR programme to rehabilitate the poodle image!
 

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i have never understood the mixing breeds purposely.

i used to get that too with poof before i got her un poofed & put into a more traditional poodle 'do.

now people go "OH a BIG POODLE!"

i want to come up with a retort about labradoodles. i don't approve of this at all. i don't like the yorkiepoos, maltipoos, cockapoos, etc.

my groomer raises standards and had her vet ask if she'd breed one of her bitches to his golden. she said it went against her belief and also, he'd get one and then she'd be left with the others and what would she do with them?!

i posted a while back about this couple walking this pretty silly looking dog. looked like a mix between a small irish wolfhound or some type of airedale?

it was a "labradoodle"... a mutty one too. shedding one at that. had poodle nose, lab eyes, slender body, wiry coat?

one day i'll sneak a take a pic of it at market w/ my cell phone and post it here.
 

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I totally agree, try walking with a corded poodle. She has been called an Afghan, Komondor (I can understand because of the cords), Angora goat, alpaca all kinds of doodles, and my personal fave an Emu. :)

Doodles have been around for ever, I remember back in the 80's that the big thing was Cocka-poos. Personally I cringe when people proudly tell me that their dog's dad is just like my poodles and that they bought their pup for $ 1500. I have seen doodles with poodle hair, that of course they had to shave, as they did not brush it. Doodles with hair that is blotchy with some poodle hair and then the hair of the cross. When I meet these people and dogs I have to be careful and not try to chastise these people for supporting puppy mills *sigh* Even as a child, I felt bad for the "puppies in the window" and when I was offered one, I insisted that we get one at the pound.
Sadly, "designer doodles" are here to stay, poodles have been crossed with pretty much every breed, and here in the US, the worst offenders are the Amish.

I was horrified when Obama said he was thinking of a Labdradoodle, was happy he got a Porti (but feel bad for Porti breeders), and then the royal family in Norway got 2 Labradoodles. It really offends me when high profile people (whom should know better, whom have the access to information to know better) do not do the research and get either a puppy from a store or a designer breed.

Sorry, will get off my soap box, it is just that this is a topic that gets me going.

The poodle is the most amazing breed, it is not for everyone, you have to be commited to grooming. You have to brush them, and either clip them yourselves or be able to spend the money on a groomer. I think doodle people don't realize that with the hybrid, you most likely still will have to groom. Doodle people want the soft cottony hair which we as poodle people realize is the worst kind of hair, it mats so fast. Poodle people we want more dense hair, which is more wirey, and that is the hair that does not mat so fast, it is still nice and soft.
 

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The UK Labradoodle Trust very strongly advises people with allergies NOT to get a labradoodle, but to visit people with adult, genuinely non-shedding breeds before choosing a breed - Labradoodle Trust l Allergy Information

They also recognise the dangers of indescriminate breeding. Trouble is, most labradoodles come from BYBs at best - puppy farms at worst. I knew one poor woman who was sold two brothers from the same litter. 12 months on one has been rehomed, and the other is really far too big and bouncy for her to cope with, along with small children and a job. She has done everything right - socialisation, training classes, exercise - but was badly advised by a breeder who exploited her lack of knowledge.
 

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my groomer raises standards and had her vet ask if she'd breed one of her bitches to his golden. she said it went against her belief and also, he'd get one and then she'd be left with the others and what would she do with them?!

it was a "labradoodle"... a mutty one too. shedding one at that. had poodle nose, lab eyes, slender body, wiry coat?
First of all - shame on that vet, shame !!

Doodles shed, they have hybrid hair.. you never know what kind of hair you will get will a doodle, it can be more poodle, or it can be more lab or it can be a blend or it can be a patchy blend.
If you go past F1 into F2, you tend to get less healthy dogs too, so therefore doodles will always just be a hybrid mutt that you don't know what the outcome will be :(
 

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I jump for joy inside every time I overhear someone remark, "Aw, look at that little poodle" when they see Teddy.

Scruffy poodles can separate the real Poodle People from the wannabes. :D
 

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I totally agree, try walking with a corded poodle. She has been called an Afghan, Komondor (I can understand because of the cords), Angora goat, alpaca all kinds of doodles, and my personal fave an Emu. :)
that made me laugh out loud!

my sister's spoo puppy is very long haired, straight puppy coat and she has only done face, feet and tail. she's called an afghan before.
i had someone ask me a long time ago if my pup was a portuguese water dog because she has a white spot on her chin.


but emu. omg, that's too much! thanks for making my morning!
 

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There was a lady who had what looked like a mini parti, so I asked if it was a poodle. Turned out, it was some kind of a poodle mix. Then she asked if Millie was a labradoodle. I said, " No, she's a poodle I don't do labradoodles...".


ugh.
 

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I've been asked the dreaded "doodle" question many times when walking Beau. I could sort of understand if he wasn't groomed, but I mean, just look at him! He's pretty iconic in his miami, don't you think?
 

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That emu is scary!

I did hear of the owner of a very nice Newfie who entered him in a companion show as a youngster, for the experience. One of the (non-show dog experienced!) judges gave her a prize for his wonderful character and obvious good health, but then took her aside and told her that poodles really needed to be clipped if they were to be shown ...
 

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When Troy was in his show puppy trim I used to get people asking me what mix he was. Now that he's in a Historically Correct Continental there is no doubt in people's minds that he's PURE, unadulterated poodle! The trim gets various reactions. Some are very intrigued by it, others are obviously disgusted by it (how could anyone put such a 'frou-frou' trim on their poor dog!!!). But I never get anyone asking me what kind of doodle he is anymore!!
 

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I totally agree, try walking with a corded poodle. She has been called an Afghan, Komondor (I can understand because of the cords), Angora goat, alpaca all kinds of doodles, and my personal fave an Emu. :)
SnorPuddel, you TOTALLY win. Thank you, I will remember that the next (and the next and the next ...) time someone asks me what cross mine is ...
 

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I got asked this weekend if my girl was a water spaniel (she had just had a bath and was riding in the front seat). I sweetly smiled and said, no she is a Standard Poodle. The lady acted shocked. Oh well. Better than the labradoodle question.

I also met a lovely woman last night who has a Shi-poo (?). I asked what the shi part was, cause I don't keep up with all that designer dog nonsense. She says she really loves her dogs poodle aspects, his muzzle and temperament. I asked why she didn't get a poodle and she really didn't have an answer. Their family wants another dog, and I gave the sell about how wonderful my girl is, that poodles are retrievers, water dogs, all that. She acted shocked and had no idea. Our boys go to school together and I'm going to let her meet Nora. Once she does I feel certain the poodle magic will work and there will be another convert!!
 
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