I am looking for a small hypoallergenic dog/puppy.My husband has ALS and is on a ventilator,he is completely paralysised and can only move his eyes.We had a bassett hound who died at 13 years old.He misses her.We would put her in bed with him and she would lay with her head on his shoulder and never touched anything.She would lay all the way over to the side.We have pictures,I will have to try to post.My allergies are an issue.I want a dog for a campanion for me also.Does anyone have any ideas.Thank you.
Sorry to hear about your husband. Thoughts and prayers your way from AL.
On the other hand, I hear people claim to sell 100% hypoallergenic dogs but in all reality, there is no such thing. There are, however lower allergy dogs that may be of benefit to you and your family. Here is a list you can check:
I agree that an older dog would be a good idea. Since you want an animal that is calm, I'm not sure that a pup would fit the bill. You have a better idea of what you will end up if you are looking at adult animals.
Another thing to consider is an animal other than a dog -- like a cat. You can be allergic to cats but not to dogs (or vice versa).
I agree with what the others have said about avoiding a pup. Rescue is definatley a great idea and that should be your first option. Try looking on Petfinder.com and searching for some of the breed mentioned here. If you can't find a rescue that's suitable, try contacting breeders to see if they have any retired show dogs or breeders available. These dogs would be well trained, housebroken and socialized.
I'll just add something else you mat not have considered. You may want to look into service dog organization as a dog specifically trained for your husbands needs and your allergies may be available. You never know until you try.
Therapy dogs are dogs that are usually trained to do visits and educational events where as service dogs are more so trained for one persons specific needs.
I own 3 therapy dogs and 2 in training and have found many confuse the two types of working dogs so I wanted to clarify.
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I wanted to add that you shouldn't fall prey to the "labradoodle" myth. They aren't "hypoallergenic." Nor are they "the best of both breeds, the perfect family pet, or easy to maintain." They often have very difficult coats to maintain and end up being shaved close all the time.