The Labradoodle was first bred in 1988, when Australian breeder Wally Conron crossed the Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle.
Conron’s aim was to combine the low-shedding coat of the Poodle with the gentleness and trainability of the Labrador, and to provide a guide dog suitable for people with allergies to fur and dander. He’d received a request from a vision impaired woman in Hawaii for a guide dog that did not aggravate her husband’s allergy to dog hair. Originally he planned to train a Standard Poodle, but hair and saliva samples of thirty-three different poodles sent to the woman’s husband all caused an allergic reaction. A Labradoodle litter was bred, and the husband did not have an allergic reaction to one of the puppies from the litter. This puppy, Sultan, was successfully trained and became the first Labradoodle Guide dog.
Labradoodles are now widely bred and used around the world as guide, assistance, and therapy dogs as well as being popular family dogs.
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