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Old 09-04-2007, 04:27 AM   #1
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Hello everyone nice to meet you. I'm sure throngs of people come here just to ask this question, but if you have the time for advice I'd appreciate it. I'm looking into getting a dog, and I'm trying to determine what breed to go for...

It will live with my mother, brother and myself in the suburbs with a decent yard. Two big things first off are 1. I have allergy potential. 2. My mother hates shedding. However, my brother has a Dalmation that is 15 years old (and is amazingly still going strong) and fails both those requirements but is still livable, so I guess a slight bit of allergy/shedding would be OK. Also, I tend to be a cat person (my cat of 13 years just passed away), and I like the independent, aloof attitude of a cat, so I'm not really looking for a dog that hangs on my every move. This also comes into effect in that I have to work 5 days a week and don't want to have to devote every ounce of free time to dog care. Also I think any very large, or very slobbery breed can be ruled out as well. So, given that, what might be a good breed choice for me?

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Old 09-04-2007, 04:51 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. I do hope you plan on staying and not here just to pick breed??? sorry about that I just dont like people using the forum and they never stay...Im not trying to be mean....

Have you thought about a poodle??? heres some information on them......

http://www.toybreeds.com/ToyPoodle.htm

You should see this link I thought you might be interested because, they dont need to much exercise and they dont shed.It says that on the site

Oh and theres toy poodles which are very small but there are also miniture poodles which are a medium size I perfer the meduim size and a large are to much work from my point of veiw...

Oh and the site also says the pros and cons one I think you should take a look

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Old 09-04-2007, 06:31 AM   #3
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Hmmm.....Dogs do take up alot more of your time than a cat. They definately require more attention, and should be a huge part of the family. Don't get me wrong, cats are part of the family too, but they do their own thing like you said. Dogs are pack animals, and most want to spend every minute with you. If you don't think you have the time to devote to a dog, maybe another cat would be a better choice. Sorry, not trying to be mean, but it wouldn't be fair to the dog. Anyways, welcome!
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Old 09-04-2007, 07:23 AM   #4
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I'd stick with cats if I were you.

The Shiba Inu, however, might suit your requirements.

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Lhasa Apso, Schnauzer, Bichon Frise are 3 breeds I know of that do not moult. Here's some links for a bit more info:

Lhasa: http://www.nextdaypets.com/directory/breeds/1100165/

Schnauzer (Standard): http://www.nextdaypets.com/directory/breeds/1100234/

Schnauzer (Miniture): http://www.nextdaypets.com/directory/breeds/1100233/

Bichon Frise: http://www.nextdaypets.com/directory/breeds/1100037/
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By the way,Hello and welcome,
Airedale,schaunzer(standard and giant) or any wirehair breeds,poodle,labadoodle and goldendoodle but they can shed.Basenji are not suppose to shed too much.
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Hello and welcome to the forum! Great to have you with us.

Some good breed choices above. If you're looking for a breed that isn't a cling-on, I'd stick with the terriers that have been mentioned above. I'm personally not a terrier fan but they tend to be more independent (but also get into more trouble when they're not trained properly & I've known lots who lacked training).

I'm a cat lover too but I do love dogs. I'm surprised allergies are a problem for you. Most people who are sensitive to dogs are more sensitive to cats. How do you manage living with cats? When you do make a breed choice, I would explain your possible allergies to your breeder & spend a considerable amount of time with a number of the breeder's dogs to see how you tolerate them.

Good luck in your search.
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Welcome!

How about a purebred mutt? You can find loads of good dogs needing homes at your local SPCA. Many of them will fit your requirements.

As with any dog though, especially puppies, they need lots of attention and need to be trained. If you are unable or not willing to give your dog the attention and training it needs, I would seriously reconsider getting a dog. A dog is a lifetime commitment, as with any pet. Maybe a senior dog or another cat would be a better choice?
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Hi virtuoso80, and welcome to the forum.

If could be the fur that is causing your allergies or it could be the dander. There are no guarantees about allergies though, so it may be best to visit wherever the dog is to find out if it causes problems.
As far as aloofness goes, I would avoid the retrievers (bless them) since they tend to want to be near you. There are other breeds that normally do their work away from their master and so tend to be less clingy. This is a generality only though, individual dogs may be different.
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