Sweet, cuddly ‘oodles’ win a city’s heart
LABRADORS and Maltese terriers are among the No.1 dog breeds across Hobart, though oodles of “oodles” are running fast to close the gap.
In the municipality of Hobart, labradors are the most popular dog — but Maltese terriers reign supreme on the Eastern Shore.
Though labradoodles are coming in at fourth place in Hobart, the curly bundles are spearheading a herd of breeds that are crossed with poodles.
Behaviour veterinarian Dr Katrina Ward said poodles were a desirable pet because of their intelligence and lowshedding coats, so the trend of crossing them with other breeds was growing.
“The oodles are becoming very popular,” she said.
The result is not only labradoodles (labrador cross poodles) but cavoodles (a cavalier cross), Schnoozles (cross schnauzers) and moodles (cross Maltese terriers).
She said labradors had been a traditionally popular dog because people were already familiar with them, so they were perceived as a safe bet.
“Labradors are often service dogs and guide dogs so they are out there in the public and people are familiar with them,” Dr Ward said.
She said they were fairly stable dogs, and fun to exercise because they were generally good retrievers.
But Dr Ward cautioned people against assuming all dogs within a breed had the same temperament.There were different temperaments within breeds, and within litters.
Labrador owner Dr Manty Arnott, from North Hobart Veterinary Hospital, said she loved labs because of their “irrepressible exuberance”.
“I love all dogs but what I love about labs is the way they make every day seem like it’s the best ever,” she said.
Dr Arnott said she saw all breeds at the vet clinic — and certainly lots of “oodles”.
“There are loads of oodles, they are really sweet dogs and look so cuddly.”