Wally Conron, who invented the Labradoodle 22 years ago, seems to think so.
He says he never would have bred it if he knew what was going to happen.
"I opened a Pandora's box, that's what I did. I released a Frankenstein. So many people are just breeding for the money."
Conron, now 81, was working as the breeding and puppy walking manager for the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia when he got a request from a woman in Hawaii for a guide dog that would not shed because her husband was allergic.
Thinking it would be easy to train a standard Poodle, he took the assignment. After trying to train 33 Poodles he gave up.
So anyway he had the idea of breeding his best Labrador bitch with a standard Poodle. Three cross bred puppies were born. But no one wanted to train and socialize them because they were not purebred dogs.
That’s when he came up with the name Labradoodle.
"I went to our PR team and said, 'Go to the press and tell them we've invented a new dog, the Labradoodle.' It was a gimmick, and it went worldwide. No one wanted a crossbreed, but the following day we had hundreds of calls from people wanting these master dogs."
When the puppies were five months old, he sent fur samples and saliva to Hawaii to be tested with the woman’s husband. Of the three pups there was only one that he was not allergic to. That puppy was trained and sent off to a happy customer.
In his next experiment with the Labradoodle, of the 10 pups only 3 had non-allergenic coats.
But suddenly breeders all over the world were breeding Labs with Poodles, advertising them as “hyper-allergenic,” and selling them at outrageous prices without even testing them. They were basically mixed breed mutts, but the selling prices were far more than for purebred dogs.
And it didn’t stop with Labradoodles. People started breeding every other breed to the Poodle and calling them “designer dogs” and advertising them as “hypoallergic.”
Celebrities began buying these Oodles for thousands of dollars and even President Obama was considering buying a Labradoodle.
Often the dogs ended up in shelters because people found that they were quite allergic to them and unscrupulous breeders wouldn’t take them back.
Also some people are dismayed to find that a dog who inherits the Poodle coat is high maintenance, requiring constant grooming and regular clipping.
Conron concedes there are some ethical breeders. It is up to the buyer to do the research.
He is currently writing a memoir about life with the Labradoodle and says that even though the dogs have helped so many blind people, he regrets creating the first cross breeding.
“People say aren't you proud of yourself, and I say, no. Not in the slightest. I've done so much harm to pure breeding and made these charlatans quite rich." Source