This year, International Doodle Day is observed on May 1. It is a festival for all poodle-mix varieties from around the globe. It is time for pet parents to take their pampered pooches to a play date, dog parade, fur celebration, or simply spoil them with treats. Clearly, it’s not just for canines. Today is also for the dog owners to enjoy themselves. You can socialise with other doodle owners, make new acquaintances, and get advice on dog parenting. Nothing surpasses seeing your dog having the best time, in the end. Now is the time to return the favour, as they are always there for you in any circumstance.
The background of International Doodle Dog Day
Perhaps one of the most popular dog varieties today is the doodle. However, few people are aware of its intriguing history and the fortuitous event that gave rise to this hybrid breed. Will Conroy, “Royal Guide Dog Australia’s” breeding manager, initiated the programme in the early 1980s. His responsibility was to breed only the finest labrador guide dogs. However, a blind woman visited his office one day in search of a non-shedding guide dog for her husband, who is allergic. Conroy’s initial solution was to train a poodle with minimal matting to be a guide dog. This may sound simple, but it was anything but. He spent the next three years unsuccessfully teaching at least 33 poodles. This experimental failure led him to the conclusion that poodles are not suitable as guidance dogs.
Conroy didn’t want to disappoint the blind widow, so he came up with a creative solution. He bred a standard poodle with a labrador guide dog in 1989. He desired a dog with the trainability of a labrador and the minimal shedding of a poodle. This produced three puppies that he subsequently dubbed “labradoodles.” He then made a humorous announcement to the press that he had invented a new breed of dog. He had no idea that it would take the world by storm, and that everyone would suddenly want a labradoodle.
At least 44 varieties have been bred with the poodle in recent years. From Labradoodles and Goldendoodles to Aussiedoodles and sheep doodles, these mixed-breed dogs have truly captured the affections of pet parents around the globe.
INTERNATIONAL DOODLE DOG DAY ACTIVITIES
Host a celebration for animal parents.
International Doodle Dog Day is the ideal occasion to celebrate with fellow pet owners. Create a programme in which other doodle canines can interact and consume treats.
Utilise social media
There is nothing cuter than a photo of you and your doodle. Take your finest group photo and upload it to social media. Use the hashtag #InternationalDoodleDogDay when appropriate.
Stroll your dog in the park.
Do you know what most stimulates doodle dogs? A stroll through the park with their pet owners. Grab their tether and take them outside for a vigorous workout in the sun.
5 SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT DOODLE DOGS
Contrary to popular belief, a dog’s dander, and not its fur, causes allergic reactions in humans.
Goldendoodles are known to live between 10 and 14 years on average.
Doodles are known for their dexterity, high levels of energy, and enjoyment of physical activity.
Doodles are naturally obedient, making them the ideal companion for the elderly or hospitalised.
Doodles can weigh between 25 and 100 pounds.
INTERNATIONAL DOODLE DOG DAY DATES