I want to thank all of you who responded to my mail. Everyone was very informative!!! I am doing my homework and found sites where I am reading up on allergy preventions. I believe I am going to wait until X-mas instead of getting the pup on my sons b-day in July. Reason being is I am going away to the Jersey shore the following week and would have to leave the puppy with a family member. We dont do any traveling in the winter time so we would be able to bond more with the puppy. Does that make sense or would it not matter being around the puppy for an entire week after purchasing it?
I think you are right in waiting until after you go on your vacation, but the Holiday season is a horrible time to get a dog IMHO. There's so much confusion in the house, visitors coming and going, etc. It can be overwhelming for a puppy. I suggest you start looking for breeders now, a good one may not have anypuppies available currently, but may have one for you out of a future breeding. I've been waiting more than 3 months for my newf puppy and I will have to wait another 2 or 3 months at the minimum! What dog breeds do you and your son like the best so far?
I can even wait until the end of summer and just tell him (if a pup is avail. at that time) that a super special gift is on its way at the end of summer sort of thing. So far I've looked at all the breeds you suggested. For a larger dog but not too big he took a fancy to the Basenji & the Italian Greyhound. For the small end he took a fancy to the Yorkie. He really liked the Yorkie most of all. I've heard all kids of stories about that dog - good & bad. Mostly that they can be nasty to everyone except to the one it fancy's the most to if you train them right it can be a great dog. Another thing I didnt mention was that my boyfriend wanted to be a part of the decicion and stated he would not like a "Rat" for a dog. To tell you the truth, if I got a small dog, he would probably be the first to call the dog to him play. We had fun going on the AKC site and looking at all the dogs A-Z. What's your take on the Yorkie? And what's the difference between the Yorkie & Silky?
Silky terriers are a little bigger all over. Yorkies aren't supposed to weigh more than 7 lbs, silky terriers weigh around 8 to 11 lbs on average. Their faces are a little different and silky hair isn't quite so long and flowing (though if you get it trimmed, there's not much diff I suppose). I've read that yorkies aren't good with children. I've also read that silky terriers aren't good wtih other pets and may attack other dogs. Neither dog is what I'd consider good wtih strangers, and both make good watchdogs despite their small size. I personally like the Basenji the best of the dogs you've listed. Theyre sturdy, interesting, and extremely intelligent. They also can be used in some AKC performance events like Lure coursing which is really interesting. So can Italian Greyhounds for that matter, but IGs (from what I"ve seen) are very very attached to their humans. The ones I"ve met have been extremely sensitive, but nice dogs. I'd say you should go to a dog show and get a look at some different breeds up close but there'd be a lot of dog hair there! Take some allergy medication if you do.. hehe
Funny allergy joke. Believe it or not, we went to Myrtle Beach one year and went to the Dixie Stampede. Not sure if your familiar with the show but it's dinner and watching horses. Aparently, I'm allergic to those as well and learned the hard way. I was never around horses growing up in Philadelphia. We went to the show and needed to leave early cause my son and I could not breathe!!! Since you are very informative with dogs...whats your take on the American Hairless Terrier? I went onto an Allery page and that dog was mentioned as well as a Rat Terrier, Lowchen & Puggle. Of course he fell in love with all of them but took a real liking to the AHT. How about these dogs??
My only thing about the American Hairless Terrier is that it seems to be very rare, with a very small number of breeders. I'm not sure how much you are willing to spend on a dog but in general, the rarer a dog is, the higher the price. Just a warning. As far as the dog itself, well I've met some very nice rat terriers, and since this is basically a hairless form of those, you migt come away with a nice dog. Just remember, regardless of the breed of dog, make sure you go visit the breeder with your son to make sure you dont have a reaction to the dogs.
Oh and regarding puggles mentioned on an allergy type page? That's total BS. I'd sure like to know how a pug, which isn't low allergen, crossed with a beagle, which also isn't low allergy, can miraculously produce low allergen offspring. That's just a breeder out to get your cash. Lowchens are an AKC registered breed, but since they're not one of the breeds that the AKC has as more appropriate for people who have allergies, I'm not sure on it. They're pretty darned rare too.
I love Basenji's . They would make a great choice for a family dog and they don't bark. Bonus points for that. I was at a dog show in Kansas city the first time I saw one. I have been in love ever since.
I remember your first post. I hope what I said was helpful. Allergy prevention is a key thing. The longer you wait, the sweeter the reward. You should never get a puppy when you are going on vacation. You are making a smart choice. You are doing everything correctly! Good job!
Ok, so if I were to go out of my way and narrow this down...seems like the AHT is a good choice but rare to find in PA. Does the same go for the Basenji? It seems to be alot easier to find Rat Terriers closer to my area in PA (I'm right outside of Philly). I really dont want to spend on shipping costs, plus I want to see the dog. I know it will be pretty pricy for the puppy itself with vet checks, toys, food, etc so I def. do not want to go overboard with costs of the actual dog. I am using my IRS refund check on this!!! So if I go with the Rat Terrier (which seems to be affordable between $500-1,000 if thats considered affordable) that dog seems to match what I'm looking for......right? I know the AHT is a good choice for allergy sufferers but how about the Rat Terrier? Is there really much of a difference? Of course I will continue to do the homework and also personally meet the dog to see how I do but is it in the "Better with Allergy" category??
the regular rat terrier isn't in the 'better for allergy sufferers' list. The hairless one is. Go see both, you may have no reaction to a normal rat terrier, and you might have a horrific reaction. The basenji club of Amerca (www.basenji.org) has a breeder referrel list, you email the area representative to see if they have information on getting one the PA area. Most importantly, make sure whoever you get your dog from understands your situation. If you get the dog home and you start having bad reactions to the dog, you want to be able to return the dog (though probably not for a full refund, unfortunately).