We are looking to welcoming a dog into our family next year - at least that is when we will actively start looking. We have three children and our youngest will be at school then, so I will have a bit more time to focus on a new family member, and our children will be old enough.
We're busy looking to see if there is a dog breed that matches our needs. Initially we would have been happy to rescue, but this has been made more of a challenge as our oldest son (7) has an allergy to some dogs. We've been reading up on dogs that are less likely to be an issue, but understand there are no guarantees. Obviously this would mean we'll probably need to have our son interact with any potential new four-legged family member to ensure there isn't an issue.
We were hoping for a medium-ish sized breed, short haired and traditional 'dog' looking breed (ie; long nose, short coat). We'd entertained the idea of a Whippet, though they are a sight hound, so with the other pets - maybe not? Also, I understand that perhaps an Italian Greyhound might be more likely not to cause an allergic reaction for our son. Labs and Golden Retrievers might have been an option with their sweet, happy personalities, but I fear the allergy put paid to them. Not really keen on wiry coats, and the only good reason I have is that I don't have a reason, it's just personal preference - I hope I don't offend any wiry-haired dog lovers, I like to pat dogs and being used to cat fluff, wiry hair is just too far the other way I think! Oh, and if there is ANY dog that doesn't suffer from wet dog smell, please do tell, it is the one thing I can say I will NEVER get used to!:P
Info that might be helpful as far as the dog's requirements are that we live in a house with a backyard of average size (sorry no good at measures), but it's fully fenced. The pooch would go for two walks a day (minimum) five days a week (school run), and a walk a day on the weekend almost always. I like a dog who is well-trained, the dog I had as a child was a labrador foxie cross and he was very good at doing all the basics like 'sit', 'stay', 'shake hands' etc - he and I were best buds and even though I was only 8, I did all the training - he was a beautiful boy Anyway, we don't 'need' a guard dog, but it never hurts if they are a bit helpful with a warning bark now and then. He would be able to be inside (some rooms). I say 'he' but if there are some breeds where a male or female is the better option, I am happy to hear it. We had a guide dog puppy (before the kids were born) and SHE was darling! There would be someone home most of the time, or if we were out, the dog would often come with us (other than zoo/museum type days). They need to be OK on their own, even if only rarely.
Less keen on some of the other options for allergy 'safe' dogs as many require more grooming than I can guarantee to offer. Besides, I don't really want a very little dog. Don't know about some of the 'doodle' dogs? Are they a good option?
Anyway, we're going to give it plenty of time to hunt about, but I am happy, and in fact keen to hear from those who know dogs - and dog breeds, and especially love to hear from anyone with ideas about allergies in relation to dogs. I know every sufferer is different, but all info can help us I am sure.
So, is there even a dog that fits the above criteria? I know it seems a lot to ask, and maybe it just wont be possible. We take the responsibility of any pets 100% seriously, so we wont be jumping into anything, we get the commitment, so if we can't find the right pooch for us, then we just wont go there..........