My fiance and I are looking for a medium-sized non-shed dog so that my friend with allergies can enjoy our dog too (and so that our dogs can play togther - she has a standard poodle). If it weren't for the allergies, we'd be partial toward dogs like Border Collies, Australian Shepherds and German short-hair pointers.
We found a non-shed in a shelter that's a few states away. Getting him back seems pretty complicated... Is there a trick to finding something more local? We're looking for something not too fluffy, that's mellow (with personality!) and smart. Funny looking is fine!
We're not that interested in most terriers and poodles, unfortunately, which would be the obvious first solution.
Any thoughts on how to find a little guy that's in need?
Oleosophy (in Austin, Texas)
PS If we need to buy something, we're thinking a first generation bordoodle or aussie doodle. Any thoughts on that as well? How do we ensure the breeder is treating the animals well?
Hi, as a groomer I figured I could help. As far as a hyper-allergenic med dog the best bet is a poodle. If you go for a first generation doodle of any sort, you would get hyperallerginic by luck. It is a simple as breeding 2 breed together, and the traits recieved by each pup is by chance. I don't care how many say it, we see alot that shed horribly and have been turned into our rescue because there kids are allergic. You need a 4th or 5th generation, and you may still have some issues, it isn't always perfect but by far a better bet. Alot of the breeders are not reputable either, and will tell you anything to make a sale, so be carefull. Labradoodles and goldendoodles also get much larger then people think. Almost everyone I groom(about 10ish) are close or over 100lbs. and almost to my waist (I am 5'2). I think it is great that you care for your friend that much, but you might want to consult her on what she is allergic to. The only other breeds I can think of that are med. sized and hypo are portgese water dogs, and std schnouzers. The schn depends on who you are, some people can be allergic to them. I wish you lots of luck, and sorry for the horrible spelling. lol
Try Petfinder.com to look for dogs in your area. If you are that concerned about your friend, take him/her to the shelter with you to "try out" the dogs you like. Also, I've found people who thought they wanted a medium-size dog who were perfectly happy with a cocker spaniel that was washed frequently.
Don't get a lab or lab mix unless you want constant shedding. They a are lovely dogs, but they do shed like bandits.
Many people around St. Louis have Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers and they have good temperaments. But they do require quite a bit of grooming. They don't seem to have as much of the "terrier" personality as most terriers.
I still think a Standard Poodle is your best bet. But be warned, my poodle boy is such a mess when it comes to dirt. He is quite active and loves to play and roll around the yard and the park. Even though I shave his muzzle and his feet once a week and bathe him once a month, he is always filthy--which would do a person with allergies no good at all.
What about a greyhound? There are all kinds of greyhound rescues and they're listed on wikipedia's list of hypoallergenic dogs, are medium-sized, and are quite the couch potatoes as long as they get adequate playtime.
Please don't get any type of "doodle" from a breeder as these people are usually just in it for the money.