Wally Conron, the man who invented the “Labradoodle” in 1989 expressed his regret yesterday for unleashing a “Frankenstein’s monster” on an ABC podcast (Australian Broadcasting Company). Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) President, Madeline Bernstein, exposed the dangers of forced breeding and genetic engineering in her 2018 book, Designer Dogs: An Exposé: Inside the Criminal Underworld of Crossbreeding.
Conron said his “big regret” is that his invention paved the way for “unethical, ruthless people” to breed the dogs without thinking of the health of their offspring.
spcaLA urges people to pause and consider the effect of a culture’s obsession with these “new” types of dogs. The manufacturing of these breeds can lead to shorter life spans, health concerns, and it contributes to shelter populations. Bernstein says, “If you really love dogs, why would you accept the horrific practices employed by domestic puppy mills, backyard breeders, and international dog traffickers to fulfill demand for these so-called ‘designer dogs’?”
Rather than use cruel and inhumane practices to create more dogs and more profit for the breeders, consider adoption at a shelter. Whether the dog in the shelter is an ‘all-natural’ mixed breed or a designer dog, he or she needs a home.