I, too, am a MAJOR ALLERGY Sufferer! I had allergy shots and all..... I did a lot of research, spoke with vets and my allergist/doctor to find out what type of dog I could be around. I don't know if you know this, but there are dogs that have FUR and dogs that have HAIR. The dogs/breed that have fur are the ones that shed, and cause the allergy problems (labs, goldens, shephard, long haired, short haired, ..... Dogs that have HAIR don't shed (well, they do a little) and are great for us allergy sufferers.... Examples are: Shihtzu, poodle, maltese, several terriers, bichon, etc. You should research this on the net... there are lots of lists of HAIR dogs for allergy sufferers.
I would then recommend that you visit these breeds or mixes and see which bothers you the least, if at all. Yes, POODLES, are by far the best for us allergy sufferers... I found that the shihpoo mix works awesome for me! I have a 2 1/2 year old shihpoo that never bothered me or my allergies one time!! We just got another shihpoo puppy... and no problems. So, from personal experience (mixed with professional advice!LOL), I would recommend the shihpoo mix (if you don't care if it's purebreed or mix).
I have a Bichon Frise and a Lhasa Apso (one of each breed both purebreds) Both are "non shedding"--both have hair. BUT, both also require a lot of grooming. --Which I think most of the breeds with hair do unless you have them sheared short. --I don't KNOW that they all do, but the ones I can think of seem to need frequent grooming.
DoxieLover, an AHT is a good (although very energetic) choice, but I just have to clarify that no hairless dog should be bathed daily unless there is an underlying skin problem (staph infection, acne, etc) as it strips all the natural oils. In general, hairless dogs should be bathed no more than once or twice a week. Most use a lotion (non-lanolin) or a spray such as HyLyte bath oil spray on the skin daily to keep it soft & supple in between baths.
You can have Poodles Bichon frisť Bedlington terrier or curly coated retriever (big dog)
All these dogs are great if you have allergies. They have a differant type of skin. Which also means that you can bathe them as often as you want. and thier skin won't dry out. Just don't use human shampoo.
Alecsandra, I don't know where you got your info, but it's wrong. No dog should be bathed daily, whether they have fur or hair (or hairless), they do produce natural oils and regardless of whether your using human or dog shampoo, you will be stripping away the natural oils.
I have aShih Tzu and everything I have read about them has shown me they are also a good choice if you have allergies. I have them and he doesn't bother me or anybody else that has come in contact with him. I think that the dander is the problem and mostly if people do not groom their dog every day then dander will build up and that can be a problem with any dog you choose. The only problem with poodles and and dogs like mine is that they must be groomed professionally every 6 weeks and some people get it done more then that. Shih Tzus have two coats of hair and the longer you let it grow the easier it is to matt so I keep my dog in a puppy cut and I notice that he definately needs to be cut again in 6-8 weeks. I do brush mine everyday and wash his face twice a day with a warm wash cloth. They have their nose and face on the ground sniffing and their beards can smell. LOL! They are a great breed of dog and they are smart as a whip. Mine doesn't way more the 10-11 lbs. I make sure he eats no more then a cup of food a day and very rarely I will treat him and I give him a 1/4 of an apple or some carrots chopped real fine. He loves both. Good luck!!
Min schnauzers are great - my daughter has allergies and we have 2 min schnauzers I do keep them sheared short they only have their eyebrows and beards. (not for health reasons but because that hair drags in so much trash and mud when it rains - so mine are short because of the clean up) My little girls have never bothered her allergies. My oldest schnauzer even sleeps with her sometimes. Nomatter what you decide on do your homework make sure you are willing to contend with all their natural instints. I do have to say the grooming could be a draw back but the lack of shedding is so worth the grooming cost. - Do not get me wrong I have found a few hairs here and ther but probably not even 100 in almost 3 years (& we have2 dogs in house) so good luck!! keep us posted on what you decide.
Hi there. I don't have allergies myself but my cousins wife has absolutely horrible allergies like you. She loves dogs and has had many that had to be re-homed because she just couldn't take it. They have had to give up a Weimaraner, a Dachsund, a Labradoodle, and something else I can't remember.
The one that finally worked for her is her Malti-poo. She has no problems whatsoever with that dog and she is madly in love with it.
That doesn't necessarily mean it'll work for you, but who knows!
i have severe allergies. there are no dogs that are hypo-allergenic. none. anyone that claims there is, is full of crap. i would never give up my pets because of it. the first thing to do is treat yourself. i have prescription allergy medication. i also have air purifiers. i also vaccuum and dust everyday. i can now sleep with my pets , smooch them and handle them as much as i want without incident. here is a great link that may help with dealing with pet allergies :
I have horrible allergies to all animals, horses, cats, dogs. Sometimes my eyes almost swell shut. I got a miniature schnauzer and I am fine with her. It is really funny but the only time she bothered me was when she was pregnant. Explain that one!! She is a great dog and goes everywhere with me so she loves people and kids. She does a lot of tricks and is extremely smart and was very easy to potty train. She just had a litter of pups and I keep in touch with my families and they all are so happy. Most of them were housebroken within weeks. My best friend got my runt and at 8 1/2 weeks he was sitting, laying, rolling over, and giving paw on command. I was so amazed! Also bichons are nice and poodles for allergies.
Since no one has mentioned them really - I have to say - Maltese is a great way to go too!
Both my husband, my mother, my father and I all have horrible allergies. We always thought pets were off limits - but they are so cute - we HAD to find a way! I have been wanting a small dog for as long as I can remember and I'm 28 now.
We researched for 2 years. I didn't want a dog that was yappy or mean and I wanted something that was not crazy jumpy like a jack russell. The problem with poodles and chiuauas (sp?) is that they are horribly aggressive dogs. I've met poodles that are very territorial and mean. Schnauzers are ok - but tend to be nippy and territorial as well.
Long story short - we got a Maltese and we have had no problems! The difference is - when you have long haired dogs, the hair just keeps growing and all you have to do it cut it - no shedding, no dander to get my nose all tickly!
The only thing with Maltese is you have to brush them and it's harder to potty train them. She's 6 months old and knows exactly where to potty now! I keep her in a puppy cut and she is just the cutest! I can send pics of her if you are curious.
Miniature Schnauzers are great for allergy sufferers. I have two of them and my friend who has a highly allergic teenager got one a month ago, and he (the highly allergic-asthmatic teenager) has had no problems with being around the puppy. I also have a wire-haired fox terrier who does not shed much at all and she doesn't seem to adversely affected the allergy sufferers who visit our house.
I have a tiny teacup, female, 2 pounds, 8 months old for sale..She is 6 inches in length and height, perfectly aquare..She is very expensive due to her size..I have other pets and my poodles DO NOT SHED..My daughter has asthma and she is fine with my Poodles..