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First 'labradoodles' born in Israel.

December 08, 2005., India.

Tel Aviv | December 07, 2005 10:15:06 AM IST - An Israeli dog breeder has succeeded in mating a poodle with a Labrador to produce the country's first 'labradoodles', a newspaper reported.

The six animals, born Monday, are intended to serve blind people who want a guide dog which does not shed hair and cost $1,000, the Israeli Ma'ariv daily said.

The first labradoodles were bred in Australia in the late 1980s, after research from the US showed the main problem people had with guide dogs was the amount of hair shed, a problem especially acute with Labradors.

"This is good news for blind people, especially those who are allergic to dogs," dog trainer Uri Beckerman, who succeeded in breeding the Israeli labradoodles, said.

"The dogs are especially popular in the United States; they combine the character of a Labrador with the sensitivity of a poodle," he said.

"The Labrador is a clever dog which loves to work but is very robust in its behaviour. The poodle, on the other hand, is sensitive and does not go wild - a characteristic which is very important for people who need a guide dog," he said.

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