The odyssey of the doodle started twenty five+ years ago in Australia. It was the crossbreed (hybrid) combination of the Labrador Retriever and the Standard Poodle. It was spurred on by the fact that even though the Labrador was an immensely popular breed, it had one negative trait---intense shedding. It was also prone to several inherent problems in the breed, the most prevalent being hip dysplasia. From the beginning the world was in love. Not only did the crossbreed (hybrid) not shed, those with allergies did not react, and with the now in place crossbreed (hybrid) vigor, the dog was far healthier and robust. This crossbreed (hybrid) had a mercurial rise to the top spanning the world over.
Somewhere around 2000 the crossbreed (hybrid) of the Goldendoodle came to be. In 2005 a celebrities Goldendoodle made the cover of Life Magazine, making it the new poster child of the doodles. The ensuing article espoused the virtues of the Goldendoodle and even went so far as to suggest it as perhaps the ultimate breed ever!
Goldendoodles have now eclipsed the original Labradoodle in popularity. Many customers ask why, and what the differences are. To this, my answer is, not much. There is a prevailing assumption that the Labradoodle will have a "longer" muzzle then the Goldendoodle. This, I believe , is because many people think of the narrow face of the American Field Lab and associate that with the offspring. This is a common misconception and the reason is easy to explain. But in order to do so, we have to take a closer look at the Standard Poodle. The Standard Poodle doesn't get a very fair shake for the most part. Perhaps this is due to many people automatically associating the poodle with the mini version or the toy. Though many poodles in these sizes are wonderful dogs, everyone knows someone who had a bad experience with these versions or had a direct relationship with one that didn't go well. That said, the Standard Poodle is a fantastic dog thru and thru. Their intelligence is well known, and many know of their athleticism as circus dogs for 200 + years. But unless you've experienced one firsthand you may not realize that these dogs are unbelievably affectionate, loyal and loving. My next sentence I will say with a bit of trepidation for fear of offending some, but it is necessary to illustrate a point. Those that do not have firsthand experience with these dogs will be very unaware of what I am to speak of next. The haircut that most associate poodles with---in my opinion--makes them look horrible.
But that doesn't have to be the case! In fact, with the proper haircut, to the casual observer they are easily mistaken for doodles. You see, the shape, length and overall dimensions of the muzzle are COMPLETELY dictated by how long the hair is kept around the muzzle/face/eyes/head/beard. What most are use to seeing is the "show cut" for poodles which necessitates the shaving of the muzzle, around the eyes and brow and a bit of a pompadour on the head. I believe this makes them look quite terrible! The difference between a poodle with a full face and a shaved face is monumental.
We've gone into this long winded explanation because I often get the statement "we want a doodle that looks more like the retriever then the poodle", or, "we like Goldendoodles over Labradoodles because they look more like the retriever side rather then the poodle". This is all hogwash. Either type of doodle can look "off" and not anything like "itself" when it doesn't have its proper "teddy-bear cut". Both versions will look like they have a much longer, skinnier snout if its shaved. Conversely, when grown in they both look full, round, and thicker--an actual illusion that is quite effective in both doodles and poodle.
Every farm must have a dog and we have never been an exception. From 1971 onwards we have always had at least one if not two or three. Since our family has such a love for dogs, we collectively decided to start breeding them. Also, family of ours in Southern Illinois have been successfully breeding crossbreeds (hybrids) for the last ten years and this provided further motivation and impetus. With the popularity of the Labrador retriever and the overwhelming rise in the demand for the crossbreed (hybrid) mix of the Lab and the Standard Poodle we decided to start there with the "Labradoodle". Taking it a step further is the "Goldendoodle", which is a crossbreed (hybrid) between a Standard Poodle and a Golden Retriever. Since the family already had a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel as a house dog and thought so highly of it, coupled with the rapid increase in this dogs popularity over the last 8 years we elected to breed them as well.
Bliss kennel is located on a farm in rural Sussex county, New Jersey. The farm has been active in our family for 40 years and over that time we have birthed literally thousands of animals ranging from cows to cats and everything in between. Though our days of 30 heads of cattle, families of pigs, and horses and goats roaming the fields is gone, we still have a nice menagerie of animals.