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I am a fairly new owner of a gorgeous dood called Barney. We have been attending weekly obedience training lessons since Barney was 12 weeks old. Barney has been doing so well. His trainer (an ex standard poodle owner) is smitten with him. She suggested that we be promoted to a higher class. Barney is so bright that the classes were too boring for him!

Recently we started our 'Good Citezens Award' . When we arrived to start our new lessons a woman with a silver standard poodle started giving me a telling off. She thought that he was a "designer dog". She was insulted that that 'MUTT' was interferring with the genes of pure bred animals! Can you beleive the cheek! Barney is a wonderful dog. We did pay £500 English pounds for him. But every penny was worth it. There are a lot of breeders cashing in on a trend, but our Barney was bought from a respectable breeder. She knew her stuff! Some people just do not like x breeds.

Sorry to put a downer on things, she just really annoyed me. Needless to say Barney shone in the class. She looked Gutted!
 

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There are other threads that talk about this, Marcia. Unfortunately some people feel threatened by our doodles. It's silly of them and they usually end up looking very foolish, but it's frustrating when it happens. Barney sounds like a wonderful example of doodledom. I think they are such special animals; our Chouette is the sweetest, merriest dog we've ever had - and the only one without papers, too. She's exactly what I expected a labradoodle to be like, and most people love her. But there's always a spoiler. Just enjoy watching the woman grit her teeth at Barney's brilliance!

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Thankyou for your encouragement. I know how great the doods are! We would not be the same without Barney in our lives. I will have to just grin and bear her. The sad thing is that she is just too ignorant to see that pedigree papers are not worth the paper that they are printed on. A great dog is worth more than a K.C certificate. :lol:
 

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Hi Marcia, when I read your title I though, "Labradoodles have rage???" :lol: I could not imagine that...
When I read the post, however, I knew...this happens sooooo often and although you can't change their closed minds, just let your doodle speak for himself! As your trainer has acknowledged, your doodle is leagues above the others...and congratulations to you for selecting so well and working with him!
Most of the people on this forum are much better than I am...I always want to say something mean, but I have resorted to handing them a copy of the link to the genetic diversity study and telling them that if they don't wish to remain in the ice age, they may want to at least read the scientific information.
Here is the link:
http://www.netpets.com/dogs/reference/genetics.html
You really can't change their minds, usually...but let her simmer in class as she watches your sweet "mutt" excell! Then, just gloat over all of the compliments!
 

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MARCIA i've experienced it alot especially with Max the black srcuffy looking LD.

know what I LIKE IN OB Class? when Max starts out as the class clown confirming their negative views and then 2 to 3 weeks later rises the to TOP OF the CLASS performing like a regal prince
and then does something extradinary like a 10min lie down while i walk away, talk to my fiance and daughter and come back with Max still lying there not moving an inch !

then all of a sudden everyone LOVES MAX thinks he's great and so on

OH the main trainer has 28yrs of training and now has her deceased mom's standard poodle.
she LOVES Max!! and tells everyone in class HOW SMART he is cause he is part POODLE :D
 

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We have not really gotten that. I've noticed, since getting Pixie, that there are a lot of doodles (both golden and lab) in lower Manhattan. I thought I would get some comments about them being 'designer dogs', or about how expensive they are, but most people have had a very positive reaction, happily.
 

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I agree with eveyone just smile and let your "mutt" show her how wrong she is. I know I would have be really upset. I think of Cacao as my baby. I have three boys and I always wanted a girl and I now have one. If someone would ever say that to me I would be really hurt. It isn't like.....I can't even think this just isn't very nice.

I am sorry that you had to go thur that. You and Pixie have every right to be in that class. So just be the bigger person. Good luck. Let us know how things go.
 

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The only time I ever experienced it was when a woman who breeds German shorthaired pointers looked at Tyke and said "It still amazes me that people pay money for mixed-breed dogs!" I reminded her that at some time, ALL dog breeds could have been considered "mixed-breeds" - she had the typical AKC blinders on - so I just considered the source!
 

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Don't feel badly! A lady at the hair salon said I have nothing but a mutt and a mongrel. Poo on her! I have a very well behaved, adorable dog that is LOVED by everybody he meets!!
 

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I'd have to say 99.99% of the comments I have heard were positive. Most people tell me they have heard of labradoodles, but had never seen them, but a few men around here have had experiences hunting with them, and say that the labradoodles they have been around can work circles around a lab or other retriever in the field! I think these AKC snobs just feel threatened or jealous because they don't live in the Land of Doodle!!! :wink:
 

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I may have to edit my last post. I was wandering around on the internet to see what I might find about folks hunting with labradoodles - ran into this thread. What a bunch of eejits! :twisted:
WARNING DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND LOVE YOUR DOODLE!!!! :twisted: http://www.duckhuntingchat.com/viewtopic.php?t=7099
 

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Sounds like very closed minded people. But there is at least one with an open mind. I think the discussion will inspire some though.

As those who enter the hunting arena with their doodles, some more minds may change.
 

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Back when I just had Moses (Standard Poodle) I had joined a site for Poodle owners. When I mentioned that I we had just gotten Canada (Lab) and were considering breeding them, I got immediately banned from the site! :lol: I was dumbfounded. Snobbery and prejudice reared their ugly heads at the mere mention of it!

I figured it was their loss. They obviously weren't my kind of people if that's how they acted.
 

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I like your attitude, Tink. :)

One thing I do hear around here, although not directed at Pixie in particular, is people being angry about other folks buying breed dogs. Some people think everyone should adopt from a shelter, and that buying a dog is a moral deficiency. Labradoodles seem to particularly offend them; I suppose it's both that they're not 'purebred', and that they're expensive. I think people who are so judgmental about others' personal decisions and lives just have too much time on their hands.
 

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There you go, Sue - and for those who don't "approve" of our doodles, just don't know what they are missing!

DOODLES RULE!!! :wink:
 
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