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Old 05-28-2007, 04:52 PM   #1
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Default Breed Suggestion: Allergy Advice

Hello. Does anyone have breed suggestions: my husband and I are allergic to cats and my eldest is allergic to some dogs and some horses, but not all. We are looking for a good all-round family dog, for both town and country. Our youngest is three and my (Japanese) mother-in-law lives with us, so nothing too big, too noisy or too highly strung. Oh, and we loathe poodles. Thanks.

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Old 05-28-2007, 04:57 PM   #2
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try typing in 'hypoallergenic dog breeds' into google
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Old 05-28-2007, 04:58 PM   #3
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wait! look at this page

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypoallergenic_dog_breeds
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Old 05-28-2007, 05:03 PM   #4
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how bad is his allergy?.
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Hi London Mum and

How about the Irish Water Spaniel?
Another possibility is to adopt an older dog, they are less likely to be high strung.
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Old 05-28-2007, 05:16 PM   #6
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I've got all the usual lists of breeds and they've only gotten me so far. What I really need is some advice from someone who has allergies and/or kids and knows the breeds first-hand. We've generally narrowed it down to breeds like the Border Terrier (but the one we know are very nippy - not good with a three-year-old); Wire Fox Terrier; Manchester Terrier; S. or M. Schnauzer (but too active/willful?); Whippet (not on theses lists, but only one thin coat, nice temperament).

It is made more complicated by the fact that my 70-year-old, somewhat timid, mother-in-law lives with us, so it can't be anything too hyper (so much for the labradoodles, etc.); and we are in town during the week (no garden but big house and lots of parks near by) but in the country at the weekends (lots of land).

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Just got that last one: Irish Water Spaniels are lovely but quite big and, I hear, quite diffficult to train. Happy to adopt older dog as, growing up, all my dogs were rescues -- just need to know which one.

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I'd recommend the border terrier, they are renowned for being great family dogs, they shouldnt be nippy
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Actually, re-reading your posts, i'd DEFINATELY recommend a border terrier, they are great all round dogs, not noisy, hyper or highly stung, and being small should be ok with no garden in the week. they are great with children, and thought to be brilliant 'first time owner' dogs.
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Old 05-28-2007, 05:45 PM   #10
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Default The two border terriers I've met

...have been quite nippy. In fact, one tried to bite my middle daughter even though she was just seated on a bench next to it and hadn't approached it. Has this been your experience? Also, I'm not so good at this forum yet: I seem to have to log out and back in to get replies and also to pot them. What am I doing wrong?

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