New Designer Dog Breed The Roodle

New Designer Dog Breed The Roodle

Celebrities like Paris Hilton may carry their dogs in​ their Gucci handbags,​ accessorized to​ the​ glittering collar. But the​ recent trend in​ designer dogs seems to​ suggest that everyday people are catching this unfortunate trend.

Instead of​ simply buying diamante collars,​ however,​ people are demanding cross bred dogs with catchy marketing names. We've had the​ Spoodle,​ the​ Groodle,​ the​ Labradoodle,​ the​ Spanador,​ the​ Cavador,​ and the​ Retrievador. Now folks,​ meet the​ Roodle.

The roodle is​ a​ cross between a​ poodle and a​ rottweiler. They are the​ successful creation of​ a​ breeder from Melbourne,​ Australia. Fred Freeman has successfully bred 3 litters of​ roodles,​ some going as​ far afield as​ Hawaii.

Roodles have the​ crinkly coat of​ a​ poodle,​ but larger. They are quite stocky,​ and fairly big,​ with long floppy ears. Mr Freeman describes the​ dogs as​ having the​ intelligence of​ a​ rottweiler,​ yet docile and easy to​ train. His roodles are also non aggressive,​ do not moult,​ don't smell,​ and are low on​ the​ allergy scale.

The idea of​ creating a​ non allergic dog was what started the​ original breeder of​ the​ labradoodle,​ Wally Conran. Wally was the​ Manager of​ the​ Royal Guide Dog Association in​ Australia at​ the​ time. Someone needing a​ guide dog who was non allergenic contacted the​ Guide Dog Association,​ and Wally successfully crossed a​ labrador with a​ poodle that fitted this purpose.

So,​ the​ origins of​ the​ labradoodle were quite in​ keeping with the​ way many of​ what are now considered pure bred dogs were created. That is,​ they were created with a​ specific purpose in​ mind.

But the​ popularity of​ the​ labradoodle has created a​ new set of​ problems. Namely,​ many unscrupulous people,​ some with no experience breeding dogs,​ and others with none,​ or​ little,​ experience breeding labradoodles or​ other similar crosses,​ jumped on​ the​ bandwagon. Demand meant that these dogs were expensive,​ supply was short,​ and this attracted many into this new field.

But breeding dogs,​ especially across different breeds,​ is​ not simple. in​ Wally Conran's original efforts,​ not all labradoodles were low in​ allergy. And when it​ comes to​ trying to​ come up with new mixes,​ a​ lack of​ knowledge can produce disastrous results. For instance,​ breeding two dogs with similar genetic weaknesses can lead to​ the​ new litters born with an​ increased chance of​ the​ health problems associated with those breeds. Other factors include disposition. if​ people are expecting certain traits based on​ what decent breeders have produced,​ and they pay a​ lot of​ money for a​ dog that turns our to​ be completely different,​ those dogs may well end up being abandoned.

In the​ case of​ a​ dog bought to​ be low allergenic,​ this likelihood is​ higher,​ and this is​ exactly what is​ happening to​ many of​ the​ labradoodles being bought in​ the​ US now. They are ending up in​ shelters because they do not have the​ characteristics of​ the​ carefully bred stock the​ variation originated from.

And given that badly bred rottweilers can be very aggressive,​ if​ the​ roodle trend takes off in​ the​ same way,​ this could be a​ disaster all round. Especially so if​ a​ family with children bought one expecting the​ docile nature of​ the​ roodles created by Mr Freeman,​ and end up with an​ aggressive,​ large dog.

Labradoodles are not consistent breeds. And given that ten years was spent trying to​ get a​ rottweiler poodle cross,​ there is​ every indication to​ think that roodles are not a​ consistent breed either. That means that simply mating a​ rottweiler with a​ poodle is​ not going to​ automatically get you​ certain characteristics,​ especially in​ temperament.

Normally,​ contacting an​ association for a​ recommended breeder would solve this type of​ problem. But in​ this brave new world of​ designer dogs,​ this may not always be the​ case. Especially if​ the​ experience with the​ labradoodles is​ anything to​ go by.

The breeders at​ Rutland Manor and Tegan Park in​ Australia started their stock from labradors,​ poodles and labradoodles from Don Evans,​ another breeder who had discovered the​ breed independently of​ the​ Guide Dog Association. Those labradoodles were legitimate labradoodles,​ and they kept records of​ all subsequent breeding. They also determined which coats were low allergenic. They conducted extensive research and breeding programs to​ arrive at​ the​ dog that has become characterized as​ a​ 'labradoodle'. Contrary to​ popular knowledge,​ they are not the​ product of​ exclusively mixing in​ labradors and poodles. Other breeds were used occasionally,​ for certain characteristics.

The breeders at​ Rutland Manor and Tegan Park began calling their dogs,​ and those descended from that stock by reputable breeders,​ Australian labradoodles,​ to​ distinguish them from the​ labrador-poodle mixes that were being indiscriminately produced. the​ mixes were not quality controlled,​ many were allergenic,​ yet people with allergies were misled into buying them,​ expecting not to​ get allergic reactions.

The International Labradoodle Association was set up originally to​ help maintain the​ quality and characteristics of​ this new designer dog. Yet they now are seeking to​ call all labrador-poodle crosses 'Australian labradoodles'. if​ this is​ successful,​ consumers will have no way of​ knowing whether they are buying what they think they are,​ and what their health requirements determine they need. the​ end result will be more abandoned dogs being euthanased because of​ a​ careless association and even more careless breeders.

It does not bode well for the​ roodle.

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