Monday, November 06, 2006

Aaah, there's sweet

A Labradoodle is a cross between a poodle and a labrador. I expect you knew that but do you know why they decided to cross these two dogs and create a new breed?

It's for the benefit of allergic blind people. Or so the boy on the checkout in Sainsburys told me.

Labradors are well-know as good guide dogs but they are very hairy. And they have the sort of hair that if people are allergic to dogs they will be allergic to. Unlike poodles apparently.

Presumably poodles do not have the nature to be a good guide dog so a cross is the obvious answer. At least it was obvious to someone.

But, and I'm not being flippant about being blind - or allergy-prone - how many blind allergy sufferers can there be? Enough I suppose the answer is.


Another interesting thing I learned this evening is that the first known windmill was in Afghanistan. A windmill is one of those things that I thought was always there; I never thought that someone actually invented it. I am so ignorant I surprise myself.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

That dog is adorable. I didn't know they were bred with allergies and such in mind. I'd buy one just because they're cute, though.:)

Ole Phat Stu said...

Here's a shot of mine, enjoying herself :-

http://home.egge.net/~savory/raekeln.jpg :-)

Joy Des Jardins said...

What a cute little guy Liz. How could anyone not love a face like that?

Elsie said...

We almost got one instead of Hershey. Back then though (five years ago), they cost at least $1500 and would have to be shipped from Virginia! It seemed a bit much, so we opted for the Hershman instead. Lucky -- he's been the perfect dog for us! Labradoodles are supposed to be wonderful family dogs. I never heard about the guide dog thing, but it makes sense. Are you planning an addition to your family?

Liz said...

No, no additions - Harvey wouldn't be able to cope long-term.

Steve G said...

Labradoodle, first time I've heard the name. I would have thought it a joke if you hadn't posted it. I saw windmills on Crete, but never thought about who they got the idea from.

cassie-b said...

A Labradoodle is one cute dog. It sounds like a good idea to me.

Anonymous said...

Oh, what a lovely creature!

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