Archie the Labradoodle

A Poodle is known for it’s wild curly hair,
A smooth coat lab looks more debonair
Mixing the two gives a new canine brew.
Designers they are and make us all stare.

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Here at one of our Sacramento clinics is a picture of Archie the Labradoodle with his human and attending vaccinator. Labradoodles, of course, are a mixture of Labrador Retriever and French Poodle. Sometimes they are produced using a Miniature Poodle parent, but originally and most commonly they are produced using a Standard Poodle parent. The Labrador parent can be Golden (Goldendoodle), Chocolate (Chocodoodle) or just a regular black Lab (Labradoodle. Note that, as with all mixed breed dogs, the individual members of a litter may exhibit a wide variety of appearance and character ranging from those of the mother, to those of the father, and perhaps a complete mix which does not resemble either of the parental breeds. The Labradoodle was initially produced by a breeder in Australia who was in the business of breeding and training guide dogs. In the 1970s he had a request from a disabled person who needed a hypoallergenic dog and the breeder had the bright idea of crossing the hypoallergenic Poodle with the traditional Labrador and thus was born the Labradoodle. These dogs have the happy characteristics of intelligence, trainability, reliability and, of course, a non-shedding hypoallergenic coat.

– Geoffrey Antipa


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