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    Hello, I am looking to bring a puppy in my family. I want one that doesn't shed too much as I have asthma. I also want a small or medium sized one. I also live in an area where it is hot in summer and cold in winter etc. Looking for a good looking breed who is easy to train and loveable. Please leave suggestions here and extra information about that specific breed. The ones I've thought of getting so far are : West Highland White Terrier or a Pug (I know it sheds significantly, but is it stoppable?).

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    Hi Forbiddensoulxxx

    With asthma and allergies - it isn't just the shedding that can cause problems but also the dog's skin flakes (dander) and saliva (drool). Also most poodle crosses will shed and do not promise the best of both breeds or even hypoallergenic. And once you get the dog home and start sneezing - it's still hard to return the adorable little puppy.

    Even a pedigree poodle that doesn't shed and needs clipping can still cause allergies / asthma - you have to go dog by dog to find out.

    You might like a bichon frieze - similar size to a westie and white - but a non-shedding coat (that needs clipping).

    Pugs shed incredible amounts for their size but they are a lap dog - so they might be low allergy anyway. Same with Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. A miniature schnauzer might be ok. Border terriers have a wirey coat that needs stripping (hand pulling) a couple of times a year and other times the shedding is much less.

    This link provides a list of non - shedders that might be suitable - remember with these - you have to get them clipped and that can be around $50+ a month ($80 every 6 weeks) you need to budget.

    Pantone Poodles - Poodle Info - Whats in a Doodle?

    If the climate is very variable where you live - you will need to provide your dog with plenty of shelter from the elements. Mine lives inside - and my house stays nice and cool in summer, and she has an undercoat so doesn't get cold in winter (but it doesn't frost here either). We tried a furminator for short coat dogs on her the other day and removed enough under coat to fool a cat into thinking there was a mouse plague... dust bunnies... Not the best time of year to try that. And I managed to stop my friend from getting too carried away.

    Any breeder would also want to know what kind of house and yard you have, do you plan to let your dog inside with you or make it sleep and stay outside all the time (I'd only wish this on maremma and then they need a flock of sheep for company). How much exercise do you want to give the dog, how much training? You don't get easier to train than a border collie but you must give them a job to do. I think they're all loveable - ok I find the drooley ones a bit hard to love but Sean loves those.

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    I used to suffer from really bad asthma as a kid ...and i mean really bad. So i understand you situation.

    My first dog was a Labrador and he never gave me any dramas with my health .....but he was a outside dog. They are certainly loveable and with a bit of effort highly trainable (use food ...every Lab loves food ). Might be a bit big for you though.

    If you get a inside dog a good idea might be to buy a really good vacum cleaner aswell ...one with a 'turbo' or 'pet hair' attachment. We have one and it works a treat.

    Have a look at this video on Labs ...the same mob 'dogs 101' do a great series on most breeds if you want to see the 'pug' or other breeds. They give a quick run down on grooming, health, etc etc...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Any breeder would also want to know what kind of house and yard you have, do you plan to let your dog inside with you or make it sleep and stay outside all the time (I'd only wish this on maremma and then they need a flock of sheep for company). How much exercise do you want to give the dog, how much training? You don't get easier to train than a border collie but you must give them a job to do. I think they're all loveable - ok I find the drooley ones a bit hard to love but Sean loves those.
    Hi, thanks for your reply! I plan on letting my dog inside most, if not all the time. I would only prefer to it go outside for a play or if the weather is really pleasant (such as a nice cool breeze and the sun not too bright!) I would be able to give it around 30 minutes to an hour each day, and it would stay home alone for around 7-8 hours every weekday. I don't want the training to be too severe, just the basic commands such as; sit, stop, roll, lay down etc. Haha, and I would really prefer a small to medium sized dog. Would a Westie be alright or not? (I really want a golden retriever or pug but they shed heaps and won't be good for my health )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    I used to suffer from really bad asthma as a kid ...and i mean really bad. So i understand you situation.

    My first dog was a Labrador and he never gave me any dramas with my health .....but he was a outside dog. They are certainly loveable and with a bit of effort highly trainable (use food ...every Lab loves food ). Might be a bit big for you though.

    If you get a inside dog a good idea might be to buy a really good vacum cleaner aswell ...one with a 'turbo' or 'pet hair' attachment. We have one and it works a treat.
    Hi there, thanks for the reply. Yes, a Labrador would be a bit too big for me! Haha. And. don't Labs shed heaps? Any other suggested breeds perhaps?

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    Ok, scratch the Lab.

    How about these guys .....very few health issues and adorable. Doesnt say anything about shedding, but if they where heavy shedders they would have mentioned it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Ok, scratch the Lab.

    How about these guys .....very few health issues and adorable. Doesnt say anything about shedding, but if they where heavy shedders they would have mentioned it.

    , they don't seem my type. Sorry! Any others? haha.

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    Westies aren't bad, as far as i know they don't shed heaps. I'm not a fan of westies (thats just me though). I'd say that 9 out of 10 westies that come to me for grooming have serious skin problems, and are extremely itchy and sensitive. Most of them also seem to have a serious case of 'Small dog syndrome' but that is a training thing, a well trained Westie shouldn't be like that. I'm not allergic to dogs, but i've noticed that most westies (and some other wire haired breeds) make me sneeze... Its really weird.

    Perhaps you could get in contact with some breeders and discuss with them about whether a Westie would suit you, I'm sure they'd be really keen to help you
    Here is a link to a list of breeders in Australia
    https://www.dogzonline.com.au/breeds...te-terrier.asp

    Mini Schnauzers are great dogs too. I've always loved them, as far as i know their shedding is fairly similar to Westies, I think they're a bit more hyper than westies though. Again you could speak to some breeders to see what they think

    https://www.dogzonline.com.au/breeds...-miniature.asp

    A toy poodle also comes to mind, however they might be too active for you... not sure... I only really know about the standard poodle, so its hard to compare. The toy poodles i've met have been really lovely dogs though, bit yappy though. There is also the slightly larger Mini Poodle, but i'm yet to meet one that is enjoyable to be around... for some reason all the ones i've met have been crazy, untrained, yappy, nut-cases
    Shedding with poodles is very minimal though

    https://www.dogzonline.com.au/breeds...poodle-toy.asp

    All the breeds i've listed require regular grooming. Traditionally the Schnauzer and Westie are hand stripped, but that is not needed for a pet. Most pet owners just have them clipped And poodles can be clipped in to any style clip you want, there are so many to chose from
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    Here is a list of breeds that you could consider - List of Low Shedding Dog Breeds - Non Shedding Dog Breeds - Lowest Shedding Dogs - Dogs That Don't Shed

    If you're considering breeds that do shed, well, if you spend any time on this forum you'll quickly see that I'm not anti crossbreed. I think a lot of the poodle crosses are quite cute and whilst it's unlikely to get one that doesn't shed at all (after all they have shedding breeds in them), a lot of my friends own poodle crosses large and small and they definitely shed less than even my single coated Dobermann cross does. Of course if they don't shed, it means they need to be taken to the groomers so you need to decide what works better for you. If you go down this route though, still make sure you find a good breeder. Don't buy if you can't see the parents (as tempting as it can be when you walk into a pet shop). Not just because of health reasons but pet shop puppies often have issues from their living arrangements, including the fact that they have no issue about peeing where they sleep (which normally helps you toilet train a new puppy).

    Keep us posted anyway, exciting times for you

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    Lol - beagles shed quite a bit. A friend has one - he thought maybe a golden retriever would shed less because it has longer hair - but he's not the best when it comes to sensible thinking. Goldens shed enough to stuff pillows - every week.

    A westie might be fine. Suggest you find a "conformation show" and meet some breeders and see what they think. If you go to an "all breeds show" - you get to meet lots of dogs at once and get an idea of what they're all like.

    If a westie is ok - a silky, yorkie, aussie terrier, scottie etc might be ok too. They all shed a bit tho. There's only one non-shedding terrier I know about and that's a bedlington. They're the ones that look like lambs.

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