AKC Gazette
AKC Gazette

The Labradoodle
by Frances O. Smith, DVM, Ph.D.

This column was written by Frances O. Smith, DVM, Ph.D., diplomate of the American College of Theriogenology, board member of the Labrador Retriever Club, and president of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). The column reflects the unanimous opinion of the Labrador Retriever Club board of directors and, we believe, the views of the vast majority of responsible Labrador Retriever breeders.

The Labrador Retriever Club, Inc., is dedicated to promoting the health and welfare of the Labrador Retriever breed while preserving the original breed function as a "working retriever". A purebred dog offers his owner the likelihood that he will be a specific size, shape, color, and temperament. The predictability of a breed comes from selection for traits that are desirable and away from traits that are undesirable. When a breed standard or type is set, the animals within that breed have less heterozygosity than do animals in a random population.

A Labradoodle is nothing more than an expensive mongrel. Because the genetic makeup is diverse from the Poodle genes and the Labrador genes, the resultant first generation (F1) offspring are a complete genetic gamble. The dog may be any size, color, coat texture, and temperament. The coat may be wiry or silky, and may mat; indeed, Labradoodles do shed. Body shape varies with parentage but tends to be lanky and narrow. Behavior varies with the dog and within a litter, with some puppies being Poodle-like in attitude and others somewhat like the Labrador Retriever.

The Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. is opposed to crossbreeding dogs, and is particularly opposed to the deliberate crossing of Labrador Retrievers with any other breed. These crossbred animals are a deliberate attempt to mislead the public with the idea that there is an advantage to these "designer dogs". The crossbred dogs are prone to all the genetic disease of both breeds, and offer none of the advantages of owning a purebred dog.

 

The Labrador Retriever Club, Inc., is the single organization officially recognized by the American Kennel Club as the national parent club of the Labrador Retriever. The Labrador Retriever Club, Inc., was incorporated in October 1931, in the state of New York, and is not affiliated with any other association titled or claiming to be the National Labrador Retriever Club.