We already know that the curly hair of poodles is hypoallergenic because it does not cause scaling and does not moult. This is why for 3 years he worked with 33 large poodles to try to find one who would be suitable for this job. However, it did not happen. No poodle had the skills to become a guide dog. “And it was so,” Wally tells us with a big smile. They were given the appropriate tests and one of the 3 puppies born from this litter was completely hypoallergenic and had the skills to become a guide dog.
The development of the Labradoodle breed
Although he found the perfect cross to carry out his mission as a guide dog while being hypoallergenic, Wally Conron found himself faced with a problem that he did not expect: despite a 6-month waiting list, people didn’t want a dog that wasn’t a purebred. The Labradoodle puppies grew up and could not find a social center to welcome them. Realizing the need to change the public’s perception of these puppies, he decided to call the media to announce that he had created a new breed designed to carry out a mission of assistance and therapy.
And that’s how it all started
He had the perfect mix to get good guide dogs and families who wanted to socialize them. He therefore decided to develop the Labradoodle Dog breeding programs. But a new problem was about to arise. In order to continue raising the Labradoodle and to establish it as a breed, he needed breeding poodles to make the projections, and when he sought advice from the Kennel Club he found himself facing a wall. The purebred breeders completely opposed his breeding program for what was still a bastard and assured him that if he took a specimen for breeding, the Kennel Club would withdraw his approval and would prevent him from appearing at other exhibitions or championships. Fortunately, Wally found support from some breeders who offered him breeders without the Kennel Club’s knowledge. The criterion for selecting these breeders was their good temper and the absence of hereditary problems.
The Right Ways
In this way, he was able to obtain litters from Labradoodle and select excellent dogs which succeeded in becoming very good assistance dogs. He laughs casually when he tells us that when he succeeds in crossing a Labradoodle with a Labradoodle, he called it Doubledoodle, and called the next generation Tripledoodle. However, from the time he started this program, Wally Conron received threats, complaints and even blows from purebred breeders who accused him of being misrepresenting their work. It was undoubtedly a reaction of fear on the part of breeders in the face of the global interest which Wally Conron had aroused for the Labradoodle.
This is why he finally admitted defeat, and tired of fighting endlessly against those who were part of the canine world, he gave up before he could register the breed to the Kennel Club. But the foundation was established and even if Wally Conron ended his Labradoodle breeding program, many breeders continued the development of the breed until today.…