I've said it before and I'll rhapsodize again: I have a labradoodle pulled @ 14 mo (he's now 5.5yrs) by a rescue and he is the most neurotic, destructive, anxious mess I've ever worked with. He has such severe separation anxiety that he cannot possibly live in a 'normal' home. That's why I still have him. He has gotten MUCH better in the last few years, but he is still a mess. When he first came home he was one bad experience away from becoming a frantic fear-biter. He's disastrously intelligent and exceptionally focused, and that is a lethal combination. He has figured out almost every type of restraint, door handle, drawer, switch, clasp, knot, and fence mechanism I've ever put him in front of.
Standard poodles are awesome, and I hope to branch out to them in the future. Well-bred dogs are stable, affable, and athletic. I don't particularly care for Trashcans With Legs- er, I mean labs... but I'm sure they can be great dogs too. Mix them and there is just too much variety in what you get. Everything from coat type to color to temperament and everything in between. I will NEVER recommend a 'labradoodle' or a 'goldendoodle' and I am the first to point to the mess on the end of my leash in hopes of discouraging folks.
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Last edited by marbury; 01-31-2014 at 04:20 PM.