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Creator Of The Labradoodle Regrets Starting The Designer Dog Craze

Society & Culture  (tags: pets, designer dogs, health conditions, society, ethics, sadness, news, dishonesty )

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"I've done a lot of damage," Conron told The Associated Press this week by phone from his home in Australia. "I've created a lot of problems." "Marvelous thing? My foot," he said. "There are a lot of unhealthy and abandoned dogs out there."

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Ruth Ann W (198)
Friday February 7, 2014, 4:43 pm
Gee, ya think? Kind of late to realize it now, eh?

Barbara P (1069)
Friday February 7, 2014, 7:30 pm

Deb E (63)
Friday February 7, 2014, 10:30 pm
Glad he's speaking out about his mistake. It's a good message. I hope millions will hear it.

Jeanne Young (19)
Saturday February 8, 2014, 12:23 am
Yes, right here in my own neighborhood - an"Eskiedoodle
- Nope,too derivative SOOO (wait for it!)
It's a POOSKIE - - - -
Doesn't SHED - Eskies shed 397 days a year Barks up a STORM - both breeds do that
DUMB as a STUMP - oops, back to the drawing board

Patricia H. (440)
Saturday February 8, 2014, 3:46 am
thanks for posting

Gloria picchetti (304)
Saturday February 8, 2014, 6:56 am
I respect Wally Conron for being honest about his mistake. Pets should be adopted not bred.

Marianne R (95)
Saturday February 8, 2014, 8:04 am
A good message

. (0)
Saturday February 8, 2014, 8:53 am
Instead of greed, this man gave no thought to the mixed breed dogs he added to the world.

Ana MESNER (201)
Saturday February 8, 2014, 9:13 am
Noted - Thank you for posting it.

pam w (139)
Saturday February 8, 2014, 9:17 am
NOW he ''gets it.'' NOW.

But...people buy these dogs and rhapsodize over how CUUUUUTE they are!


Deborah W (6)
Saturday February 8, 2014, 10:04 am
As with everything these days, too little too late. Brain function needs a rebirth across the board.

Birgit W (160)
Saturday February 8, 2014, 10:08 am
Interesting article, thanks for sharing.

Malgorzata Zmuda (200)
Saturday February 8, 2014, 10:08 am

Jana DiCarlo (48)
Saturday February 8, 2014, 10:13 am
well, I am not an expert...but just my thoughts...
A lot of purebreds have serious breed related problems. Mutts very often have none of these, simply because they are crossed so many times, and any geneticist will tell you that is likely a good thing.

So breeding a crossbreed, for the purpose of minimizing problems, disease susceptibility and so on, may be actually kinder. Many purebred dogs with flat noses have trouble breathing, so a cross with another dog will lessen that - though the dog may not have such a short snout.

I guess its important to do it for the purpose of breeding OUT weaknesses, not just to get a funky named breed, or create some weird creature.


June M (139)
Saturday February 8, 2014, 11:30 am
thanks Carrie for sharing

Carrie B (306)
Saturday February 8, 2014, 12:45 pm
We don't need to breed more dogs who just become unwanted, homeless, forgotten, and eventually euthanized!

Kate Kenner (215)
Saturday February 8, 2014, 2:49 pm
Surely this is a case of 'if I knew then what I know now'. It was a mistake but I appreciate his willingness to admit it as did Ric O'barry who trained Flipper and now strives to save dolphins from Tajii. I am guessing he did not realize what a craze it would be. Poodles are missed with many dogs these days. People are stupid and will all too often go with the craze. look at show many people buy dogs because they have been in movies or TV shows only to realize they re living being who may not fit into their lives or they have traits that they don't like. Who suffers for it? The dogs of course. As I have often said, human intelligence is an oxymoron.

Madhu Pillai (22)
Saturday February 8, 2014, 2:51 pm

Ruth C (87)
Saturday February 8, 2014, 3:46 pm
Its too late to lament the damage he did, how many animals are suffering because of what he did! Look before you leap!

marie C (163)
Saturday February 8, 2014, 4:58 pm
I have a rescue snow leopard Bengal
I love her and would not part with her but I had to remove all my curtains and replace with blinds no ornaments can be on show and God help me if I leave a cup of tea around
All this experimenting is a disgrace sometimes it also happens with people who are so weird looking and the parents have not given enough thought for the unborn child Sorry but its true
Its too late once they are born

Jaime Alves (52)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 5:50 am

Lindsay K (6)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 7:16 am

Lona Goudswaard (80)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 7:47 am
It's good of him to come clean and openly say he regrets it, but he could have known before he started the whole breeding program. Look at all the other breeds (old or new) and their health problems. Some health issues are due to weak strains, but others are a direct result of the look the breeders were after which resulted in skulls that are literally too small for the brains and eyes, snouts that are so short that the animals can't breathe normally, legs that are too short and stiff to walk normally... The list goes on and on and has been there for a very long time, so he should have known better.

Winnie A (179)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 10:36 am
We have NEVER needed "Designer Dogs" or Cats for that matter. What we NEED to do is spay and neuter and micro chip our pets. Then we need to ADOPT from SHELTERS and RESCUE Groups.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 11:11 am
Refreshing to hear someone take ownership of their past mistakes...and what a mistake it has been. Thx Carrie

Elizabeth M (65)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 5:34 pm
Noted with thanks for sharing Carrie. Conron admits that he has opened Pandora's Box and created a Frankenstein. It is something else for him to admit it, I will give him that much credit. Stick with nature, it does the best job. start monkeying around with nature and you never know what you will get!!!

Kathleen R (138)
Thursday February 13, 2014, 3:48 pm
noted & read
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