Help us pick a dog!

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

Golden Doodle! They don’t shed, are great with kids, and they’re hypoallergenic. My husband and I are planning to get one early next year. I have a lot of allergies so we were excited when we came across the Doodles. 

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

HoorayLouLou:  First off, ADOPT. You can get a little bit of an older dog (even 1 yr old- still young!) that is already potty trained and may have more training than that! BAM! Training problem partially solved. Puppies are LOADS of work. Go through Pet Finder or a local rescue and the foster mom can tell you all about the dog.

Secondly, I thought there were only a couple breeds that are allergy free? The bishon frise and portugese water dog are the ones I’m thinking of.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

HoorayLouLou:  <br />my in-laws have a golden doodle.  she is AWESOME.  the perfect temperment, is big enough to handle kids crawling all over her, and sweet as pie (maybe even a little dopey haha).  she doesn’t shed and is considered hypo-allergenic.  she loves to play outside in summer and winter and loves to cuddle too. she’s a real doll!

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

RedHeadKel:  Rescues are usually a good idea but OP has young kids.

Just a word of caution from someone who grew up rescuing animals (parrots, cats, dogs, even pigeons, etc), you have to be careful around small children. Adopted dogs typically have a history and you don’t know if they were raised with kids, that’s why I would highly suggest you do your research prior if you decide to go that route. Many rescues have a foster period so you can see if your family meshes well with the dog. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

HoorayLouLou:  my friend has a Yorkie/Bichon Frise mix and it is hypoallergenic, great with her baby and super smart. Another friend of mine has a Cocker Spaniel/Bichon Frise mix and he is awesome. Great personality, hypoallergenic, and again great with her two kiddo. Plus, they look like teddy bears! I would look into Bichon mixes if I were you! 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

I would look for a “puppy” at a shelter. Around age 1-2 that’s already potty trained and well behaved. Shelter dogs are SO appreciative of what you do for them. You can browse pet finder or even call a local shelter and let them know what you’re looking for if you want a specific breed/mix.  We were looking for a spaniel of some sort and all it took was a call to the shelter and a week or so later they called us back saying they had a 3yr old spaniel that just came in – he was perfect for my parents!  The shelter’s generally can tell you if a specific dog is good with kids/other pets beforehand. Don’t forget to consider if you have cats or neighbors with pets who the dog might interact with. 

Post # 8
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Worker bee

My friend has a labradoodle! He is wonderful and hypoallergenic, they are very smart dogs. Also my cousin has 4 Havanese dogs that are hypoallergenic, she absolutely LOVES them and is always telling us how awesome they are. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Ham1320:  RedHeadKel:  you both make great points! i am all about adoption, but it’s not right for all families for sure. 

my two cents is if you choose to buy, RESEARCH where you are getting your pup from!  no pet stores, no backyard breeders, no puppy mill brokers!  people are so sneaky these days, you have to be careful 🙁  if you can’t meet mamma, then just don’t do it! 

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

If you need a non-shedding dog, you can’t really adopt. I guess it depends on your area. I’m in texas and all the dogs in the adoption shelters, SPCA are all chihuahua mixes or pit mixes or shepard mixes or they aren’t good with kids etc. If you want to introduce a dog to young kids (and will have a baby soon) then I would get a puppy and train it for your house, not get a grown dog and hope it does okay. 

 

As far as breeds go, I’ve had two portugese water dogs (once when I was a kid as a family pet) and they were wonderful. The males in particular are people-pleasers and are very easy to train but can be headstrong if you let them have their way. We never had an issue with no fence. I would also reccommend a golden doodle or labradoodle and those also come in different sizes due to breeding. However all these breeds can be very pricey, but I have allergies to pet fur/dander and our PWDs never gave me any issues at all. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Wire fox terriers and lakeland terriers are hypoallergenic and very hyper and very intelligent. Most all terriers are hypoallergenic and poodles. But they are usually high maintenance in grooming too. Other hypoallergenic dogs are

 schnauzers

Maltese

shih tzu

 whippets

Cairn terrier

 Airdale terrier

 Most hypoallergenic dogs require grooming, so just keep that in mind when getting a dog too. Grooming can be expensive and requires certain type of grooming. 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 2 months ago by  newbeelove.
Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Ham1320:  cautiously3optimistic:  yup, that’s why I said go through a rescue so you can hear what living with the foster family is like. A REPUTABLE foster. Those are the ones that check the animals with cats, birds, kids, etc.

OP would need to check her area for what’s available. It might not be all pits and chis. And the 2 dogs I got as adults are as sweet as can be and are excellent around kids, so just don’t rule them out.  

MrsMcQN:  Yay for research!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

HoorayLouLou:  Boxers are fantastic with kids!! They are also super playful- my 3 yo boxer still wants to play with me every day and will bring me toys to initiate play every.single.day. ( If you get this breed make sure you are up to the task lol!)

They have short hair but you might want to interact with one first to make sure your kiddos arent allergic

However you for sure need a fenced in yard by the time they are 3 mo or so. 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 2 months ago by  Boxerlover24.
Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon

HoorayLouLou:  It’s not true that poodle crosses don’t shed at all.  As my mom said, If a couple of different races have a baby, that baby is not one race.  Poodle crosses shed LESS, true, but they still shed.  My cousin has a labradoodle.

That being said, I do love them.  They’re a great mix, if a little challenging.  Poodles are so smart and much more independent than retrievers/labs, so sometimes they are a little too smart, if you know what I’m sayin.  They might not always cooperate as thouroghly and completely the typical lab or golden will.

If you want something smaller, you could get a toy that isn’t necessarily a fragile dog (not a chihuahua or papillon type).  Bichons are pretty sturdy, sweet and have lots of energy.  So do shih tzus.  If you want a dog that truly sheds not at all, you are signing up for a lot of time grooming and clipping.  

My parents had a shih tzu when they got married, and she was the sweetest thing.  Small, but strong enough to play with without worrying about breaking her.  

I also want to echo what a lot of the other Bees said.  Adoption is wonderful, but I don’t think it fits your lifestyle right now.  Rescue dogs can have such an unpredictable history.  I encourage you to do it someday when your kids are older.

Good luck!

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