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I’m still ranting over my encounter last night and several times over the last few weeks. I keep getting asked while on walks with Harper if she’s a golden doodle. Say what??? They’re neighbors so I’m trying to keep the snobby and snotty factor down but it’s seriously annoying me. “Ohhh, well I have a golden doodle.” I also get the English Cream question—nope, she’s a California import. The first time I was just totally caught off guard and discounted it. Now it’s happened so many times that I’m trying to decide my appropriate but educational response. Her picture is posted below. She exudes breed type-ha!
So then I was thinking about it more and why it bugs me so much. The other side’s argument is that all dogs start somewhere-even goldens were a blend of different breeds. Other new breeds develop them with careful care attention to health and other characteristics that they’re breeding for and they do the appropriate health testing and use the very best breeding stock. That isn’t happening, and really can’t happen, in doodles since no reputable poodle, lab or golden breeder is going to sell to a doodle breeder. I've looked up quite a few, including each time someone I know casually gets one, and they're virtually never health tested.
I also can’t for the life of me understand why people don’t just get a standard poodle if they want a dog that doesn’t shed. A doodle owner commented on my FB post (before subsequently blocking me after my golden friends educated her)—she didn’t want the “snootiness” of a poodle or a dog that would chew. First, standard poodles aren’t snooty, they’re amazing dogs with all the qualities a doodle owner is looking for…and the odds of getting a mixed breed dog with ONLY the BEST qualities from each is just preposterous to me. This was a smart person too—going on about double doodles, etc. I just think it’s so ridiculous. You can get a health tested poodle, guarantee that they won’t shed, they were bred to be a sporting dog, they get along with kids, you know the pedigrees and temperament but they’re going for the doodles instead….and they’ve become so popular that everyone assumes that golden retriever puppies must be doodles or want to tell you all about why their doodle is better than a golden. Oooffff…