Spinoff of designer dogs: breed discrimination
This is not a thread about pit bulls, though I could get on my soap box about that kind of breed discrimination.
Nope, this is about something different, and one of the things that I think has contributed to the number of designer doodles out there. Wondered what you all think.
I have a 9 YO lab. Big dog. 27 inches at the shoulder, 94 pounds lean, sweet dog. When my husband wanted to get another dog, his big thing was that he didn't want to deal with a lot of shedding. I wanted a big dog with a retriever type personality. We ended up getting a standard poodle.
Great dog. Smart. Friendly. Huge. 29 inches at the shoulder.
But here's the thing. We don't advertise that he's a poodle. We jokingly refer to him as our "curly coated retriever". We leave his coat a little longer, we don't close shave his muzzle or do the froo froo poodle cut floof on top or the ball on the tail or any other such stuff. I use a 1inch guard and a 10 blade. We definitely tell people what he is if they ask, but I know that we both hesitate...subconsciously
Why? Because I think there is a collective image of some little poodle yipping at us and humping our leg and generally think of poodles as a dog your crazy great aunt carries around in her purse and lets pee and poop in the house.
EX) I worked in a clinic for about 10 years. Met a lot of small poodles and only liked 1 (Peaches, owned by a lovely man). Most were fear biting, yipping, obnoxious little monsters. Only knew 1 standard poodle in all that time (her name was Sasha) and I LOVED her.
Anyway...my hypothesis on this whole doodle craze is that there are a lot more people than just me who have that feeling about the word "poodle". Thus, if they want the supposed "benefits" of a poodle like the hair coat which seems to be the main trait people are after, it's "cooler" to get a cross with a more "manly" breed like a lab or a golden. Kind of dilutes the "I'm a poodle toting crazy lady/guy" vibe.
What say you?
It actually pretty unfortunate IMHO, because a well bred standard poodle has pretty much all of the lovely retriever traits AND you don't have as much shedding. They're smart, great retrievers, love the water, family friendly, Though I will say I hate doing the grooming.
But I have yet to see many well bred doodles with all of the OFA, CERF, etc, etc and the inconsistency in the results of the hair coat (which again seems to be the driving force) makes me wonder why people don't just get a lab, a golden or a poodle.
All that said, a nice dog is a nice dog and I'm not knocking the lovely doodles out there. But I do think that breed "discrimination" against poodles is the cornerstone of the doodle craze.