Barkley the Golden Doodle came to our Fair Oaks clinic

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Here at our Fair Oaks and Orangevale vaccination clinic we were treated to the sight of what is known as a ‘Designer Dog’ which means that it is a dog of specific mixed breeding but is itself not a recognized breed. Barkley happens to be a Golden Doodle which is, of course, a cross between a Golden Labrador and Poodle. The first crossing dates to 1950s Australia and not only can any size poodle be used, but the resultant puppies may resemble either parent and be quite variable in coat and temperament. The Lab parent may impart a straight coat called a ‘hair’ coat while the Poodle parent may impart a wavy coat called ‘fleece’ or a curly coat called ‘wool’. The temperament was intended to include the calmness and caring of the Lab with the intelligence and train-ability of the Poodle but this is not always a predictable outcome. These dogs were originally intended as guide and service dogs with a hypoallergenic coat and are periodically still bred for that purpose. One predictable trait is affinity for and agility in water as that is characteristic of both parents. Some breeders are breeding Labradoodles back to Labradoodles in an effort to establish standards which may some day lead to a breed recognition. These are great dogs and Barkley shares a lot of love with his human. – and we always love to have a Labradoole visit our clinics – Geoffrey Antipa http://dogandcatshots.com

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