We love all dogs and we know that all dogs are capable of giving and receiving love and can make excellent companion animals. We also love adopting from rescues instead of from breeders when there are too many dogs out there who need homes.

There are outstanding and reputable breeders out there but most people need a dog, not a specific breed. Today we’re going to talk about an example of a “designer” breed and what the creator thinks of his creation. That’s not to say Labradoodles or any “oodles” are not wonderful animals but there are challenges.

But every dog can be a challenge in some way whether it’s breed, rescued, or a designer. They are dogs and, like children, they need training. We get dogs returned, every shelter in America does, and over the last week before the DNA reveal we gave some excellent examples of why an adopter might return a dog soon after adoption. Loss of job, moving because the owner is selling the place and not being able to find a place that allows dogs, sudden long-term illness, or even death are real reasons for a dog to come back to us.

Lack of trying to train isn’t a good reason. He barks, he chews, he doesn’t like to be alone, he destroyed my house. These are all fixable but it requires a committed owner, planning, resources, and patience.

My kids begged for a dog and we ended up getting a Goldendoodle because their friend’s dog had puppies. I was totally uneducated to either breed that makes up this particular dog and I certainly knew nothing about training and what it would take to have any dog. It was a disaster. I’m going to take all the credit for what scared me off of getting a dog for decades. I did not think things through and we simply were not the right family for a large, exuberant, highly intelligent and social dog. Our schedules, or budget, our house was too small, we had to fence, and the list goes on and on and on. We’d like to think that love conquers all. Trust me when I tell you that it doesn’t unless love goes hand in hand with training.

This article came out in September to a firestorm of owners wanting to tar and feather the creator of the Labradoodle. He regrets creating this breed, it’s actually not a recognized AKA breed, though he did it with the purest intent and it was successful for the woman who needed a dog for her husband.

This is an interesting take on a breed millions have come to adore and a much smaller portion feeling the opposite way. Like humans, all dogs will have health issues they age. Because my dog is smaller we already know that knees will likely slow him down instead of the hips which is usually what happens with large dogs. Or not. We all love our dogs and we hope for the best love them no matter what.

Labradoodles may develop health conditions common to both Labrador Retrievers and Poodles, especially if you aren’t cautious about whom you buy from. They include hip and elbow dysplasia, an eye disease called progressive retinal atrophy, and von Willebrand’s disease, a bleeding disorder.

Part of we do here is to educate our community and since we spent quite a lot of time discussing different breeds and adopting versus buying this seems a timely article.

So what’s the takeaway? Choose a dog that you are willing to train and invest time into making it YOUR best dog ever. Yes, there might be future health issues and there will be times you’ll be ready to throw in the towel. But no matter how you found your perfect dog nothing matters except that he’s perfect for you.