I have horrid allergies and am allergic to just about everything under the sun. I really want a small dog and have looked into: a miniture schnauzer, miniture and toy poodle, maltize, shih-tzu, bichon. Please help me!!!! I have found that mixed breeds often are good pets, but am not sure in this occasion. And does anybody have any good/bad comments on these breeds. Anything would be of use. Thank you all SO much!!!!
If you have alergies, you souldn't get long-haired dogs; your alergie will only get worse. I suggest geting short coated (haired) dogs like the chihuahua, not JUST because I like them, but because I think they would make great pet for an alergic person
While no dog is actually "hypo-allergenic" I do know that Poodles tend to shed off less dander. So the theory is; less dander = less allergic reaction. Please beware of crosses with any of the breeds you listed. Typically the crosses are made with a double-coated, worse shedding/higher dander breed and the offspring will either get the less-allergenic single coat or the much more allergenic double coat. good luck!
While I agree Chis are great dogs, they are shedders & can produce lots of dander for such small dogs.
I would not suggest getting a mix...the only way you could guarantee you'd be getting a non-shedding/non-dander dog is to ensure both breds are of that type (ie, schnauzer, poodle, maltese, etc.)
I, too, have dander/saliva allergies and I opted for teh Chinese Crested. Mine are the coated version called Powderpuffs. They do not shed like a chi, lab, golden, etc., but they do lose hair just like you or I do. There is also the hairless variety, but don't let the fact they don'g have much hair fool you, they take as much or more grooming (skin care) than any coated breed. They are absolutely wonderful little dogs and have fabulous personalities. If you'd like to email me privately at email@example.com I may be able to hook you up with a breeder or rescue person in your area who would let you come visit to see how your allergies do around Cresties. Make sure you put something like TP Poster or something in the subject line so I don't delete it as spam.
I have had Cresties for almost 4 yrs now and they have never once bothered my allergies and, even better, they have been like immunotherapy for me as I am now able to tolerate most any dog. There is hope.
I have allergies also....I have a Bichon who just turned 2 and is the love of my life (don't tell my dh). They are fantastic dogs and such a joy to be around. You need to go spend some time with whatever breed you are serious about getting to see if you have a reaction to them. Don't get a dog first, then figure out that it won't work out.
Frenchies.....If I was in your area...I'd take your yorkie off your hands...I'm in Wisconsin.
***Edited By: JBG on 12/31/2005 4:21:11 PM*** Reason: *
To each his own. Some like pretty dogs and some like ugly dogs. My neighbor paid 2 grand for her ugly French bulldog. Hey it's her money and her life. I like yorkies and yorkie-poos. It's my money and my life and I can do what I want. Just like you.
You keep following me around and correcting me. You have a sick child maybe you should pay more attention to your kid. It's sad that you find it more important to follow me around and correct my posts rather than spend time with your sick child.
No actaully that's not the case. I am not correcting you, what are talking about? I offered my opinion on the subject of the health of hybrids. My daughter's dad is watching her right now. But maybe I should go breathe on her for awhile.
FatCat, I don't know what turnip truck you just fell off of...but climb back on it wouldya!!! This person is asking for some guidance and you're being an idiot.
If you think "hybrids" (which is totally WRONG, they are crossbreeds not hybrids - a hybrid is two difference species, i.e., wolf/dog) is a healthier animal, you need to do a little more homework. And then you slam someone's dog because you don't like the way it looks....how rude is that????? I don't like the way people like you are always touting how wonderful your mixed breed mutts are, but I choose to keep that to myself until someone like you Ps me off. Go support your puppymill mutts on some other forum...or better yet, go crawl back under your rock.
***Edited By: crestiemom on 12/31/2005 8:33:00 PM*** Reason: misspelling
The only dog I know of that was good for allergy sufferers is an American Hairless Terrier. Their skin is just like human skin, and you can bathe them daily if you want. They dry as quickly as your hands too.
Poodles are a good way to go, for sure of this, but.......there is the grooming issue and the bathing issue. Having a poodle is not all sugar and cream. It takes a dedicated person to keep up with the non-shedding coat to truly do this breed the way it should be done. You also have to think of it's intelligence. a bored poodle is a destructive poodle. I would have to ask, do you have the financial and personal time to take on the challenge of a poodle?