Hi everyone, I havent been on in a while, hope eveyone is having a great spring.
I have a question. I work with a woman who decided to get a dog. She has two young boys @ 8 & 10yrs old. They have been asking her for a dog so finally she decided to get one. But theres one problem. Her and her sons are allergic to animals. So someone told her about hypoallergenic dogs. I explained to her what hypoallergenic dogs were (to the best of my knowledge) and that this did not mean you will be allergy free if you are in fact allergic to dogs.
she came in to work with a list of about 15 dogs that were considered to be hypoallergenic. She asked me to help her but i honestly dont know all that much. I suggested to go the the local shelter and get a dog from there but she's insistent on a hypoallergenic dog. I also suggested she do ALOT of reasearch on any dog befor she makes a commitment. which in fact she actually has. I asked her what type of dog she was looking for (small, medium or large), i also asked her what she was NOT looking for temperment wise in a dog. I asked her these questions because she NEVER had a dog. I suggested the portugese water dog because she lives a block off the beach and her childeren are pretty active and love the beach in the summer.
If anyone has any suggestions please let me know. She did tell me she would like a medium to small dog. Thanks you jennifer
I can't offer much help on dog breeds that are supposed to be hypo-allergenic, but I do offer a few words of caution. Both my husband and I had trouble with his parents' bichon (which I've read is supposed to be a good breed for those with allergies), because she was likely to bounce around on furniture and kick up dust. What I'm saying is that some household habits (which this woman may or may not already be practicing) may have more effect than the breed itself. For example: Keeping the animal out of the kids sleeping areas. Good luck to you.
I have a Standard Poodle and he's always been great with kids, as was the one I had before him.
Standards are a lot more common than some of the other "hypoallergenic" breeds and most are bred to have a really great temperment.
These dogs LOOK big, but are very light boned, so they are easier than many larger dogs to care for. For example, my Tommy is 27" at the shoulder, but weighs 65 pounds. A German Shepherd of the same size would be closer to 100 pounds
You don't have to have a "frou frou" cut on the dog, either, and many love the water. Check with your beach authorities, though, some don't allow dogs on the beach.
The only problem that I have seen is that they've gotten pricey lately. That's because breeders are trying to eliminate a variety of genetic problems and spend a lot of money having pups and parents tested.
You might tell your friend to try rescue. A lot of really great poodles and poodle mixes end up in rescue and would love to have a home full of kids to play with.
My son has had asthma and allergies since he was 2 years old - he is now 22. Our Yorkshire Terrier does not bother him in the least. The maltese has a mild effect on him.
But the worst by far is poodles! My mother in law has been a breeder for over 40 years so she always has dogs in her home. My son has never EVER been able to be around any one of her poodles. Doesn't matter the size, toy to standard, color, apricot to brown - they are all deadly to him!
My groomer just recently told me she has the same problem - no other dog but a poodle. She said they have alot of dander and their saliva is also very strong (yes, saliva is very allergenic).
My parents have allergies to my rottie saliva.No dog is 100% hypoallergenic. Hair,dander,drool and other things can btoher a person with allergies.I suggest she go with a poodle or portugese water dog.Have her look on petfinders and contact poodle rescue.She does not need a puppy in my opinion.Lots of poodles are in the shelters and rescues.She can find what she wants on petfinder if she takes her time.