Labradoodle creator regrets starting designer dog craze

February 7, 2014 12:27:39 PM PST
Designer dogs may be all the rage, but now, the man who unleashed the craze in the 1980s says he regrets it.

Wally Conron started it all with the labradoole decades ago by breeding a poodle and a Labrador retriever for a couple in Hawaii, the first real "designer" dog.

Conron now feels he's done a lot of damage in creating the mixed breed. He says their popularity has led to a rash of puppy mills and led to dogs that may be unwanted or have health problems.