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Hartley Labradoodle Dog, The Park Inn, Dover, Kent, England, United Kingdom

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Born 13th January 2010, Hartley is shown in characteristic pose: that of waiting for food, any food, to appear from somewhere, anywhere. A Labradoodle is a crossbreed of the Labrador Retriever and Standard or Miniature Poodle. First known use of the term was by Sir Donald Campbell in his 1955 book, "Into the Water Barrier". An Urban Dover Animal, Pet, and Nature photo featuring Hartley the Wonder Dog.

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John Latter on February 14, 2013

The name Labradoodle became better known in 1988, when Australian breeder Wally Conron crossed the Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle at Guide Dogs Victoria.

Conron's aim was to combine the low-shedding coat of the Poodle with the gentleness and trainability of the Labrador, and to provide a guide dog suitable for people with allergies to fur and dander.

In an interview given to The Australian in April 2010, however, Wally Conron said he regretted breeding labradoodles, as he believes their popularity has negatively affected the demand for pedigree dog breeds, and led to the introduction of other "designer" dog types.

Guide Dogs Victoria no longer breed Labradoodles but they are bred by other guide and assistance dog organizations in Australia and other places.

The Association for the Blind of Western Australia have introduced Labradoodles into their training program, and their first, Jonnie, graduated in November 2010.

Labradoodles are now widely used around the world as guide, assistance, and therapy dogs as well as being popular family dogs. In 2005 the Oxford English Dictionary first listed the word "Labradoodle". (Abridged from Labradoodle)

John Latter / Jorolat, Friend of Hartley

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  • Uploaded on February 14, 2013
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: Canon EOS 600D
    • Taken on 2013/02/06 13:16:57
    • Exposure: 0.017s (1/60)
    • Focal Length: 43.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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