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Oodles of doodles

JULIE SUTOR
Summit Daily/Brad OdekirkPetey is half poodle and half golden retriever a goldendoodle.
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FRISCO – What do you get when you cross a poodle with another dog?A doodle.For many local dog owners who suffer from allergies, the funny-looking dog with the funnier-sounding name is the answer to their pet prayers.”I grew up with a golden (retriever), but now I can’t have them, because I’m allergic to dogs,” said Frisco resident Kelly Corich.

But Corich didn’t let one sneeze fly during Thursday’s “Doodle Romp,” as a half dozen curly-haired dogs bounded in and out of her house, running laps around her living room and swarming her in pursuit of treats.Corich’s dog Petey, the largest of the group at 85 pounds, is half poodle and half golden retriever – a goldendoodle. Doodles’ appeal comes from the dogs’ nonshedding, hypoallergenic coats typical of poodles in combination with the personalities of more gregarious breeds.Breckenridge resident Ahden Busch is the proud owner of Jazz, a goldendoodle, and Vibes, a Labradoodle.”You don’t really know what genes they’ll pick up between the two breeds,” Busch said. “Jazz has a body more like the golden, but my Labradoodle has more of the standard poodle build.”Both displayed the friendly demeanor of retrievers at Corich’s house Thursday as they played boisterously with adults, children and each other.

Breeders first created doodles in Australia in the 1970s as guide dogs for people with disabilities who suffer from allergies. Their popularity has since spread as other allergy-sufferers have discovered them.”I can’t be in a room with dogs for 10 minutes before my eyes start watering,” said Silverthorne goldendoodle owner Dana Peterson, whose children inherited her allergy. “We went to Glenwood Springs and spent three hours with these puppies, and I didn’t cough or sneeze or anything.”Many doodle enthusiasts assert that the dogs have fewer of the health problems often associated with purebreds.Doodle-mania has become its own subculture in many communities, where individuals and organizations hold regular Doodle Romps.

“It’s this cult of dog owners. People like myself who have them are obsessed,” Corich said.Peterson is planning to showcase her goldendoodle Rossi at a Doodle Romp Saturday in an East Vail dog park. “For the most part, it’s a lot of people who could never otherwise have a dog, so they really appreciate them,” Peterson said.Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 203 or jsutor@summitdaily.com.


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