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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    People with allergies are often allergic to the dander, skin flakes or saliva - so you might be better off with a gold fish if allergies are a concern. I wouldn't make any promises about any breed not setting off allergic reactions. Every allergy condition is different, and dogs are different - though you will get more consistency if you go for a pedigree over a cross breed.

    Welsh springer spaniels are gorgeous. They don't shed much (not like golden retrievers) and are very sweet natured dogs.
    My allergy is pretty mild, so I'm hoping I can get away with a dog that doesn't shed much (I don't think skin flakes or saliva will be a problem).
    The Welsh springer sounds good. They seem very similar to the Brittany; does anyone know if one is better for people with allergies than the other?

    Can anyone think of any other dogs that don't shed much, but still fit my other criteria? I think that we're focussing a little too much about my allergies.

    Thank you to everyone who replied. I will take all of your posts into consideration, so thanks for taking the time to add something. This seems like a really friendly forum.
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    I found this listing for some Brittany Spaniels, but I'm a bit unsure since it's on the Trading Post.
    Here's the link: http://www.tradingpost.com.au/Pets-H...er=TP004970471

    Do you think buying from there would be okay, or should I buy from a breeder (e.g. http://webs.dogs.net.au/rockfire/default.asp)? Assuming I do choose a Brittany.
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    They look like they might be a breeder if they are supplying papers as they say.

    I would look into any breeder first though, ask questions. Regardless of who you get your dog from, you need to be comfortable with purchasing a puppy off them and ensuring they are a responsible, ethical breeder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post
    They look like they might be a breeder if they are supplying papers as they say.

    I would look into any breeder first though, ask questions. Regardless of who you get your dog from, you need to be comfortable with purchasing a puppy off them and ensuring they are a responsible, ethical breeder.
    Gave him a call. I'd definitely be comfortably buying from there.

    What about Labs? I'm a bit worried that they might be too big and energetic, though.

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    Gordon Setter Absolutely beautiful dogs and one of the few that doesn't set off my allergies... I have poodles and they make me itch so I'm highly allergic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    Gordon Setter Absolutely beautiful dogs and one of the few that doesn't set off my allergies... I have poodles and they make me itch so I'm highly allergic.
    Too big and my family isn't a fan of the look (although I quite like them myself). Thanks anyway for the suggestion.

    Anyone got any input about Labradors?

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    Quote Originally Posted by This name is invalid View Post

    Anyone got any input about Labradors?
    Labradors are great! Very very sweet dogs but can be a bit boisterous and forget their manners if not trained correctly (but thats the same with most dogs I guess). I have a labrador cross and she is wonderful!

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    Labs are great - but shed like hell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristy.Maree View Post
    Labradors are great! Very very sweet dogs but can be a bit boisterous and forget their manners if not trained correctly (but thats the same with most dogs I guess). I have a labrador cross and she is wonderful!
    Yeah, thought so. We'll train whatever dog we end up with as well as we can, but I'm not sure if training a Lab will be beyond out ability. They're a tad too big also.

    Quote Originally Posted by margoo View Post
    Labs are great - but shed like hell.
    Is it really that bad? I'm starting to think that the amount a dog sheds is less important to me now; it will live outside, and I wouldn't think that fur that has come off would be any worse for my allergies than fur that is still on the dog.
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    What about a beagle?

    Labs are very easy to train - they like food so much. But so many owners don't bother and that's where there are problems.

    What about a whippet? or Italian greyhound? Or Jack Russell Terrier or a shar pei. Shar pei can be a bit hard to train because it can be hard to figure out what they will work for (nuts about). Food isn't often it. But they don't usually get into trouble like Labs and Staffies can. Or a nova scotia duck tolling retriever - I can pat one of those without ending up with piles of fluff all around (not like labs and goldens) and they're very smart but more laid back than border collies.

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