DOES ANYONE OUT THERE OWN A CHACY RANOIR WITH AN AUTISTIC CHILD? MY SON IS AUTISTIC ALONG WITH SOME ALGERY PROBLEMS, AND WE ARE LOOKING FOR THE RIGHT DOG AS A COMPANION. WE ARE HOPING THAT IT WILL HELP FILL A VOID IN HIS LIFE. THE ONLY DOG SO FAR THAT IS 100o/o hypoalergenic IS THE BISCION FRISE. ANY INFO WILL BE APPRECIATED.
Now that I've looked it up, and see that the dog is a mixture of 7 breeds, I would not recommend this dog for your son. There is absolutely no way to predict the temperment of this mix,which you badly need with an autistic child. It also depends on the degree of autism your child has. This cross-breed would not be able to with stand any rough handling at all, however, you know your son's capabilities best. I would look for a slightly larger short-haired sturdy dog, depending on your son's allergies, and the amount of time you have to dedicate to the dog. Different breeds require varying degrees of attention, some complete attention seekers, and some more laid back. I wish you luck, but definitely would advise staying away from any 'breeder' of mixed breeds.
I don't know if I've read the wrong information but I read that originally, Dawn Littlefield started mixing the 7 breeds and called it a Shichon but had to change it to Chacy Rainor because there were people who mixed a Shih-tzu and a Bichon and called them Shichons. Chacy Rainor is a combination of Dawn Littlefield's kids' names. Apparently, it is now a Miniature Littlefield Sheepdog and is considered a purebred (at least according to dogbreedinfo.com). These dogs were 'bred' as therapy dogs and are trained to stay by the person's side when inside the house. They are trained to not play inside but can play outside.
Labs, German Shepherds, poodles, and Bichon Frises are some examples of dogs which are typically used as therapy or service dogs. I saw a news item a few weeks ago in which this woman who is paralyzed from the waist down, has a papillon who makes her bed and helps her with the laundry.
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland
I saw a wonderful human interest story during a dog show about a Portuguese water dog owned by the mother of an autistic child. Because of the dog, the little boy made a lot of progress and was even able to compete in junior handling. It was very interesting. I know I've heard of PWD therapy dogs before. They have a Poodle like coat and are medium sized. I would also recommend looking at Schnauzers and Standard Poodles. I really don't feel like looking up the whatchamacallit dog mentioned before, but I agree with Pen's opinion. If any of the seven breeds shed, then there's a possibility the mix will shed. You can't mix just any breed with a Poodle and magically get an entire litter of non-shedding dogs.
Find She developed the teddy bear/chacy ranior/chacy bear....pet names but go to the www.officialchacyraniorclubofamerica.com and she is about to put up and other sites to help people find her and her articles. I have seen a lot of discussions about what she has been doing for 12 years. She has made a difference in families lives, which is why she went from rescue to breeder only because there was no one else ccatering to a large group of people like us that needed someone like her. I also noticed you like to jump on the price of her dogs. We payed 30,000 amd 10,ooo for therapy dogs... Dawn does this out of her own pocket and we got our dog for nothing...she even payed the flight. People pay her different amounts so she can continue to help us and more people should send her money to help if they really understand what she has done. She is a very special woman and her group and family are wonderful as well. We researched for 2 years and I can tell you personally that we had never met such a caring person, much less breeder. This was copied and pated from one of my families. I am ********* the developer of these wonderful dogs and the families make what I do even more enjoyable. I dont normally get on these bords because everyone has an opinion and your not going to change it in a forum where people are just trying to outdo each other and be right all the time. I can see all sides of these issues but, I did not do this on a whim and they are definatly not mutts.....not that there is anything wrong with them either. You are more than willing to contact me or go to my site,read my articles and just keep an open mind with my families that are simply trying to say this worked for them. God Bless.
***Edited By: lpn169 on 9/23/2008 11:56:50 PM*** Reason: removed full names
years ago, I sold a australian shepherd to a family whos kid had autisum (spelling?). It worked out really well for them, but their son didn't have allergies. I didn't know if it would work or not, so I told them they could bring the dog back for a refund if things didn't work out. They were so excited with the pup, and the way she was with their son, they got another one later down the road from me. I now do mini aussies, and I have lady with MS waiting on my next litter. Again these are guys do shed heavily, don't be fooled by the goldendoodles, and aussiedoodles, etc. Alot of them are not hyper allagenic, and do shed. I would suggest taking your son to meet breeds and she which one does best for him.
I went through the Chacy Ranior website with a fine-toothed comb, and a lot of the information I was looking for was not there. In fact the whole site is what I would call generic...it could be applied to almost any dog.If the lady has only been breeding the mix for 12 years, I can't possibly understand how she can know what the litters are going to look like. I was trying to find out when the 7 dogs in this mix were bred in the first place, and how they can possibly breed true. The 7 dogs are Maltese, Bichon Frise, Shih Tzu, Yorkshire Terrier, Lhasa Apso, Miniature Schnauzer, Poodle and Havanese. I was also looking for some special type of personality exclusive to this mix (I know there can't be one)that lends it to be the desired dog for an autistic child. All I could find was a lecture on socialization, which every puppy needs, and a great deal of information to do with this organization hand picking a dog to fit the family, or child, which any good breeder does. Personally I think Mrs.Littlefield has herself a good thing going. People with autistic children are desperate to find something that their child can relate to, and this woman has the answer. Every single piece of information on her site is applicable to every decent breeder. I want to know what makes her 7 dog mix so special, and why any other breed could not do exactly the same job. She expounds about paying for dogs out of her own pocket, for those who cannot afford one....what about the people who can afford one, and how much are they? She should be giving them away. I am a very compassionate person, and if Mrs. Littlefield is honestly operating a legitimate service, as she say she is, then I applaud her efforts. After reading the website I am not convinced. Nowhere could I find the history of the Chacy Ranior, the page was totally blank on the home page of the site.
I have to agree with you Pen, when i went to her website, I saw no real information about health or anything else. She states the dogs are a healthy breed, that is it. I find it hard the belive that every puppy of a breed that small make a great companion for people/children with disablities. Not everyone of my aussies make a great herding dog, and not everyone makes a great show dog. I find the information to be very generic, and with so few pictures, how do you know what they look like. Also, how can she guarentee low shedding with all the breeds she had used. People claim labradoodles are non/low shedding, and 90% of them shed worse then my aussies. I don't belive that to be hyper-allergenic. I would also like to know, if people can not afford the dogs themselves, and she is giving them away. Is she paying for them to be groomed also? People with out alot of money usally can afford to have a dog groomed on a regular basis. I find the whole thing a little fishy personally
If you are interested in a larger dog, you may want to consider a Standard Poodle. They have hair, not fur - and so many people allergic to dogs, are not allergic to Poodles. Also, the Standard Poodles are quite often used as service dogs due to their intelligence and personality.