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Creator of the labradoodle says it’s his great regret: ‘I opened a Pandora’s box’


Plenty of people love labradoodles, first bred three decades ago to be hypoallergenic guides.

But the Australian dog breeder who had the bright idea of crossing a poodle with a Labrador said he wishes it all never happened.

“I opened a Pandora’s box and released a Frankenstein’s monster,” Wally Conron told the Australian Broadcasting Company in a podcast published Friday. "When I’m out and I see these labradoodles ... I find that the biggest majority are either crazy or have a hereditary problem. I do see some damn nice labradoodles, but they’re few and far between.”

Conron added that many labradoodle breeders don’t make breeding the healthiest possible pups their top priority. He called the creation his “life’s regret.”

“I bred the labradoodle for a blind lady whose husband was allergic to dog hair,” Conron told the ABC. “Why people are breeding them today, I haven’t got a clue.”

It’s not the first time he has expressed remorse about the mix, which has been described as the first “designer dog.”

“Marvelous thing? My foot,” Conron said in 2014, according to the British newspaper The Independent. “There are a lot of unhealthy and abandoned dogs out there."