Luna the Labradoodle
What is a Labradoodle?
Guide dog puppy Luna's parents are Ushka a black Labrador and Ulster a Standard Poodle. This makes Luna, a Labrador Poodle cross also known as a Labradoodle!
The Labradoodle was originally bred in Australia in 1989, as a hypoallergenic guide dog, from a Standard Poodle and Labrador Retriever. Although Labradoodles are not currently recognised by the Kennel Club, they are considered to be more hypoallergenic than other dog breeds due to their low to non shedding coats.
Labradoodles are intelligent, friendly and eager to please and although they can be stubborn, they are usually very easy to train and Luna is already showing that they are affectionate companion dogs; devoted to their family. This gentle breed is joyful and energetic and needs to be mentally and physically stimulated - that's why Luna needs lots of toys on set at This Morning to keep her entertained!
Labradoodles as a guide dog
Traditionally, a Golden Retriever crossed with a Labrador has produced the most successful guide dog, combining the best traits of both breeds.
However, guide dogs need to be as diverse as guide dog owners, so Guide Dogs use a number of different breeds and crossbreeds. One of the most recent, and more successful crossbreeds have involved crossing a Standard Poodle with a Labrador to produce a Labradoodle!
Labradoodle's combine the intelligence and low-shedding coat of the poodle with the gentleness, trainability and robustness of a Labrador retriever, producing a guide dog suitable for people with respiratory problems and allergies.
Labradoodles make excellent guide dogs and are in regular service across Australia, Canada and the USA. Guide Dogs has a small number of Poodles within the breeding programme in the hope to produce more Labradoodles in the future. Currently there are approximately 93 Labradoodles within the Guide Dogs charity, out of a total of 8,635 guide dogs in the UK!