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    Hi, people.
    I've decided to buy a dog, but am having lots of trouble picking a breed. I've done lots of research, but I can't find a dog that suits my needs, and the needs of my family. So I thought you could help!

    Here are some of the things that I am looking for in a dog:
    - Medium sized
    - Okay for people with allergies (short coat, doesn't shed very much, etc.)
    - Intelligent and fairly easy to train
    - Athletic, but not too energetic
    - Good looking (of course, that's preference, so a few options would be good!)

    So far I've considered brittanys and spanadors, but I'm not quite sure, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,
    Matt

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    Have a look on Adopt a pet and see if there is a dog you can rescue! I have adopted 2 dogs from the shelter and they are amazing! Both such sweet natured, gentle and loyal dogs plus you don't need to go through the 'chew anything and every thing' puppy stage if you adopt an older dog!

    They are behaviour assessed, desexed, microchiped, vaccinated and up to date with worm and flea treatments so the $300 or so that you pay to adopt is really cheap considering you don't need to pay for these things and it's a great feeling knowing that you've saved a life!

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    And the dog requires.....A person who will spend the time and effort training him/her to be this good dog. And the new owner will have to be intelligent, patient, kind and caring

    If you want a dog that is intelligent and does not shed, you will have the option of a Poodle. A well trained poodle is a joy to be around. There is also the Portuguese Water dog and many more. And I think both are very handsome in a working clip (like a puppy clip)



    But a dog will only be what you put into it........

    Spaniel crosses and Brittanys' will still shed....The whole Spaniel family are great dogs when well trained, I love them. A welsh Springer comes to mind also, but again they will shed..........if there is a true allergy problem you will have to go with pure bred dogs that do not shed, like the poodle

    Here are some non shedders or at lest low shedding
    Bedlington Terrier
    Bichon Frisé
    Border Terrier
    Chinese Crested
    Irish Water Spaniel
    Kerry Blue Terrier
    Komondor
    Maltese
    Peruvian Inca Orchid (Peruvian Hairless Dog)
    Poodle
    Portuguese Water Dog
    Puli
    Schnauzer
    Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
    Yorkshire Terrier
    Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican Hairless Dog)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristy.Maree View Post
    Have a look on Adopt a pet and see if there is a dog you can rescue! I have adopted 2 dogs from the shelter and they are amazing! Both such sweet natured, gentle and loyal dogs plus you don't need to go through the 'chew anything and every thing' puppy stage if you adopt an older dog!

    They are behaviour assessed, desexed, microchiped, vaccinated and up to date with worm and flea treatments so the $300 or so that you pay to adopt is really cheap considering you don't need to pay for these things and it's a great feeling knowing that you've saved a life!
    Awesome! I'll have a look.

    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    And the dog requires.....A person who will spend the time and effort training him/her to be this good dog. And the new owner will have to be intelligent, patient, kind and caring
    Yep.

    If you want a dog that is intelligent and does not shed, you will have the option of a Poodle. A well trained poodle is a joy to be around. There is also the Portuguese Water dog and many more. And I think both are very handsome in a working clip (like a puppy clip)
    Yeah...a poodle doesn't really appeal to me.


    Spaniel crosses and Brittanys' will still shed....The whole Spaniel family are great dogs when well trained, I love them. A welsh Springer comes to mind also, but again they will shed..........if there is a true allergy problem you will have to go with pure bred dogs that do not shed, like the poodle
    I don't need a dog that doesn't shed at all; just one that doesn't shed much.
    Do you think that the Brittany, Spanador or Welsh Springer would be okay for a mild allergy sufferer?

    Here are some non shedders or at lest low shedding
    Bedlington Terrier
    Bichon Frisé
    Border Terrier
    Chinese Crested
    Irish Water Spaniel
    Kerry Blue Terrier
    Komondor
    Maltese
    Peruvian Inca Orchid (Peruvian Hairless Dog)
    Poodle
    Portuguese Water Dog
    Puli
    Schnauzer
    Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
    Yorkshire Terrier
    Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican Hairless Dog)
    Yeah, I've seen that list before. Again, nothing that really appeals to us.

    Thanks for your help!

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    Hello Matt and


    I suggest that if you are attracted to one of the recommended breeds below, find a breeder and spend some time at the breeder’s place of business. While there, remain cognizant of how you are feeling; are your or your child susual allergic symptoms acting-up? This is the true pet allergy test; how you are feeling while visiting the breed you’re interested in!


    Your choices below are not generally classified as low allergy although they are really cute

    Brittany Spaniel - Low shedding, medium sized dog, intelligent, easy to handle and gentle

    Spannadors - Meduim to heavy shedder,coat is easy to maintain and is gold, black or chocolate in colour.

    Sometimes appearance can vary - most are short-coated but some may have feathering on tails, legs, and ears.

    Obedience training and socialisation is recommended for these active and smart water loving pets, and lots of human companionship.

    Here are a few other non or low shedding breeds to look at,


    1. Poodle and Poodle Hybrids
    Poodles come in various sizes, colors and coat lengths. Recent cross-breeding with other breeds, such as cocker spaniels and Labrador retrievers, has been popular. Generally speaking, poodles shed less hair and dander, and therefore cause fewer allergy symptoms. Amount of shedding will depend on the cross and individual dog

    2. Schnauzer
    Schnauzers come in three sizes: Miniature, standard and giant. All types are good choices for people with dog allergies.

    3. Portuguese Water Dog
    The Portuguese Water Dog is a close relative of the poodle.

    4. Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
    All varieties of the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier appear to be good choices for people who suffer from dog allergies. The various varieties include Traditional Irish, Heavy Irish, English, and American types.

    5. Maltese
    The Maltese belongs to the toy-size class of dogs, and it does not shed. It has been suggested that the fact that these dogs are frequently bathed/groomed helps to reduce their ability to cause allergies.

    6. Lhasa Apso
    Lhasa Apsos are another small breed of dog that does not shed its coat. The fact that these small dogs are frequently bathed may be one reason why people with dog allergies have few symptoms with owning this breed.

    7. Yorkshire Terrier
    Yorkshire Terriers, or Yorkies, as they are frequently called, is another toy-sized breed of dog. Their reputation as a hypoallergenic breed may be in part due to their small size.

    8. Shih Tzu
    Shih Tzus are yet another small breed of dog that likely owe their hypoallergenic nature to their small size and need for frequent bathing and grooming by their owners. They also don't shed much.


    9. Irish Water Spaniel
    Irish Water Spaniels somewhat resemble the appearance of a poodle, with similar hypo-allergenic coats.

    10. Kerry Blue Terrier
    Kerry Blue Terriers are another breed recommended as a good choice for people with dog allergies.

    Good luck with your seach...
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    Oppps sorry, took so long (making dinner) doing my post that it has already been done
    Ignore the repeat above,
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    Quote Originally Posted by cavalierqld View Post
    Oppps sorry, took so long (making dinner) doing my post that it has already been done
    Ignore the repeat above,
    Thank you very much for the reply!
    I still found it useful.


    So, I'll cross that Spanador off my list if they're medium-heavy shedders.
    The Brittany (or maybe Welsh Springer Spaniel) seems like they'll suit if they shed very little. I only have mild allergies so I should be fine, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by This name is invalid View Post
    I don't need a dog that doesn't shed at all; just one that doesn't shed much.
    Do you think that the Brittany, Spanador or Welsh Springer would be okay for a mild allergy sufferer?
    One of my dogs is a spaniel cross and she sheds like crazy! But in saying that, my partner has allergies and he doesn't have any problems as long as we brush her daily. I might be wrong but i'm pretty sure that labradoodles are great for allergy sufferers, have you looked into them?

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    labradoodles are not reliably great for allergy sufferers.

    The guy that originally crossed a lab and a poodle to try to get a low allergy guide dog - went through a lot of puppies before he got something close.

    Lagotto Romagnolo is a better choice. But if you don't like the look of a poodle or the other dogs on the list, it won't appeal to you either.

    Low shedding dogs, need clipping.

    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.

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    If you're not sure how you go with your allergy perhaps try and foster a dog. I don't know where you are but chances are there is some rescue organisation looking for foster carers. But I guess that's something you may never know for sure upfront - I only developed an allergy to dog hair when our dog was already well over a year old. So now it's constant eye drops for me and I always have a supply of tissues around. If my allergy gets worse I might ban him from the bed though...

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