Dog Mistaken for Lion

It is not everyday that a dog can be mistaken for a lion, and frankly I am not sure how it happens at all, but I recently saw the headline “Norfolk 911 calls for ‘baby lion’ turn up a coiffed dog.”

A labradoodle named Charles was mistaken for a baby lion while running down the street by three people who called 911 to report the animal to police.

Here is the dog in question:


(Steven M. Katz/The Virginian-Pilot)

His owner had the dog groomed to resemble the lion mascot of the Old Dominion University. He does look the part from a far I suppose, but not in size nor in overall structure and face once you actually get a good look at him. The incident made national news and Charles was featured on “Today” on CBS.

You can really see the lion like mane as Charles poses with Greg Brockheim the director of the Virginia Zoo:


(Photo from the Virginia Zoo)

You can read the whole news story at the

Or watch the story here:

Designer Dogs: The Doodles

Designer dogs or hybrid dogs, crossing two pure bred dogs, are incredibly popular these days. There are many different crosses which now have almost standard names of their own and you can easily find puppies of these varieties. However, exact names do vary as do the resulting puppies appearances and temperaments.

Pure bred dogs have a written standard against which individual dogs are judged and usually only those that match well are bred on to ensure the breed remains consistent. Bringing home a purebred dog means that you generally know the dogs personality based on breed, size, energy level, instinctual abilities (like tracking, pointing, digging, etc.) and if they make good family pets. Of course every individual is different, but you have a sound idea of what you are getting if the breeding has been good. Designer dogs attempt to take the best attributes of two breeds and get a consistent outcome in their puppies that has the best of both parents.

It is argued that this craze for crossbreds began with the Labradoodle, first bred in Australia by crossing the Labrador retriever (intelligent and easily trained) with the Poodle (intelligent and has a nonsheadding coat) to be an allergy friendly guide dog.

Today I am featuring poodle designer dog crosses – dogs that now have doodle in their name. Here are pictures of common poodle crosses:

1. Labradoodle – Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle

2. Goldendoodle – Golden Retriever mixed with Standard Poodle

3. Aussiedoodle – Australian Shepherd and Standard Poodle

4. Airedoodle – Airedale Terrier and Standard Poodle

5. Bernedoodle – Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle

6. Bordoodle — Border Collie and Poodle

7. Boxerdoodle — Boxer and Poodle

8. Cadoodle — Collie and Poodle

9. Doodleman Pincher — Doberman and Poodle

10. Irish doodle — Irish Setter and Poodle

11. Pyredoodle — Great Pyrenees and Poodle

12. Saint Berdoodle — Saint Bernard and Poodle

13. Sheepadoodle —

14. Sheltidoodle — Sheltie and Poodle

15. Shepadoodle — German Shepherd and poodle

16. Springerdoodle — English Springer Spaniel and Poodle

17. Weimardoodle –Weimaraner and Poodle