The phrase “a dog is a man’s best friend” has been attributed to Senator George Graham Vest, who represented a man whose dog, Old Drum was shot and killed by his neighbor, in a case that went to the Missouri Supreme Court in 1870. His closing argument’s have been memorialized with his now famous “Eulogy to the Dog” speech which won the case. There wasn’t a dry eye in the courtroom when he finished his closing remarks, and to this day, a statue of Old Drum stands in front of the courthouse in Missouri.
“The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog. A man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master’s side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer. He will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings, and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.”
This famous phrase, so aptly describes the Australian Labradoodle. The affection and devotion these dogs have for us is amazing. Because the Australian Labradoodle was initially bred to be a allergy friendly guide dog, the qualities developed by the original breeders have continued down through the selective breeding process to produce one of the most intelligent, intuitive, loyal breeds ever! Their ability to make eye contact with you and read your moods and feelings is uncanny. They want nothing more than to be by your side in every situation. They are highly intelligent and easy to train. They will be the star of your obedience class. Bred to be a companion dog, they do not do well away from their family for long. This is not the breed to pick if everyone works full time and is away from home for long hours. But if you want a dog that is your faithful companion, there is no breed better suited!
Labradoodles come in three sizes: