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I was at an agility trial the other week, and a woman came over to me with some kind of huge hairy dog (which I later found out was a goldendoodle), to admire Duster. She loved his colour, kept gushing about it, and eventually asked if he was intact. He is, and I told her so. She almost started jumping up and down with excitement! "Oh, how wonderful," she said. "Would you be willing to breed him to my poodle? We could make a boatload of money off the puppies!" I sent her away with a very firm assurance that my dog would not ever, in any circumstances, be used to produce mixed breed dogs with crappy coats that would likely end up in a shelter somewhere, and that I'd rather live under a bridge than make money that way. I hope I hurt her feelings.
As much as it made me angry, the encounter did provide some insight into the ethics and knowledge of certain doodle breeders. This particular woman is apparently a well-known doodle breeder in our region, and sells her pups for considerably more than I paid for my beautifully bred golden retriever. Yet, she thinks it's fine to approach random people and ask if they'll breed their dog to her female. She thinks it's fine to choose a stud based on colour only. The words "health testing" were never pronounced. She's clearly only in it for the money.
But people still buy her pups. Go figure. I sometimes think I was born on the wrong planet.
Ruby 13-01-2007 to 18-03-2015.
My dog of a lifetime. I'll miss you forever.