Strike One - Since we adopted Oscar in the beginning of August 2010, I had serious doubts about whether he really is a Labradoodle. I've Googled tirelessly and have been hard-pressed to find any Doodle that he resembles - Labra- or otherwise. Furthermore, his coat is not like anything I've heard described on that of a Doodle.
Strike Two - A fellow doggy mommy commented on a pic of Oscar to ask what kind of dog he is. She then showed me pics of her Wirehaired Griffon/Irish Wolfhound mix, Margaret. (That really is a mouth-full compared to just "Doodle"). Oscar and Margaret are IDENTICAL in every aspect except size and color. (Margaret is 100lbs; Oscar is only 62). So we conducted a very precise scientific survey and the feedback was unanimous - these 2 adorable dogs clearly share at least half of a breed!
Strike Three - We took Oscar to the vet for his 1 year wellness exam today. I registered him with our vet as a Labradoodle because that's what we were told he is. And at 8 months old, nobody could really know for sure... (I mean, besides the fact that he was clearly neither a wiener dog nor a mastiff!). The vet completely deflated our claim to Labradoodledom and suggested he looks much more like a ... wait for it ... WOLFHOUND! That's ironic not only because Margaret's mom called our attention to their similarities, but also because my family has always referred affectionately to him as, "Wolfie". Dr. White also acknowledged he has traits - mainly his fur and size - that resemble the Wirehaired Griffons.
But wait! The news gets BETTER (note sarcasm!). Dr. White informed us that, traditionally, Wolfhounds do not stop growing until 2 years of age. SERIOUSLY!?!? If he (and everyone else!) is correct, we still have 8 more months of potential growth here?? I honestly don't know what I'll do with 2 dogs that are 80+lbs. For my sake, let's pray he won't hit those last few growth spurts!
So it looks like three strikes and we're out of the Doodle game... but it seems like our Wolfhound/Griffon friends are welcoming us with open ...um, paws? Will we ever know what Oscar REALLY is...? In the meantime, due to his impressive jumping skills and the mystery of his identity, he shall be referred to as "The Unidentified Flying Dogject". (Flying videos forthcoming).
For your viewing pleasure, I've included the side-by-side comparisons used in our highly scientific research study