(Closed) Help us pick a dog!

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 33
2514 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

HoorayLouLou:  Personally, I’d do lots of research – how big will the dog get?  What are the common health issues that affect this breed?  How much exercise will the dog need daily?  What is the grooming like for that breed?  Is it easy to train or a little more headstrong?  How much are you looking at in vet costs, grooming costs, food costs per year?  How does this jive with your lifestyle and your family? 

Beyond that, research where you’re going to go to get the dog.  What are the requirements?  Do they do home visits, are you able to choose your puppy or are you matched based on the breeder’s determination of temperment?  What are the clauses in the contract?  Do you get to see the parent(s)?  Can you speak with owners of past litters?  Can you visit and take a look around? Cost?  Do you have a vet?  What about puppy classes/training?  Are you going to crate train? Are there any training methods you feel strongly about?  

We have gone through all of that.  We’ve found a breeder we like and trust.  We don’t get to choose our puppy, we will be matched based on temperment, etc.  We can decline the puppy if we don’t want that particular one for whatever reason, but we don’t get to just go in and say “this guy” because we like the colour of his coat. We did tons of research on breeds and we found several we were comfortable with, but some didn’t have breeders near by that we could visit and check out.  In the end, we’re going with a labradoodle.  But we won’t be ready for the puppy until the middle of next year. 

Post # 35
2514 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

HoorayLouLou:  I get that.  I just choosing a breed is so subjective and it depends so much on your family and lifestyle.  

We started with simple youtube videos (Dogs 101.)  They give very basic information on breeds.  You can eliminate some straight off the top and put others on a short list to do more research. 

I could suggest a whole bunch of dogs, none of which may work with your family because I just don’t know your unique situation.  

Post # 36
2108 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

There are very few breeds that they really consider hypoallergenic. Bichon Frise and Poodles are at the top of the last (schnauzers, yorkies, malteses are as well). Know that mixing a non-hypoalergenic dog (lab, golden retriever, etc) will not suddenly make a dog a hypo dog. It all depends on the coat type they end up with. My second word of caution (and you’ve possibly had them tested), but make sure your children are actually allergic to the fur not the dandruff. If its dandruff then there is no hypo dog sadly. Just a few thoughts. I am all for adopting though! Good luck!

Post # 37
758 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

HoorayLouLou:  I second (third?) golden doodle!

Best dogs ever. So loving, so great with children, and relatively easy to train.  I have severe allergies to most pet dander and I am ok with my golden most of the time, though I have to be careful not to touch my eyes after petting him, etc.  As I’m sure it’s alseady been said, no dog is truly hypoallergenic, so just be careful. You could get a goldendoodle who is product of a golden doodle crossed back with a poodle to lower your chances of the pup having the golden hair vs. poodle hair.

Also, I would so prefer to adopt an adult rescue dog, because I don’t actually want a puppy (they are so so much work).  But with my allergies, it’s a lot harder to find a dog from a rescue that fits that criteria.  Just commenting to say that I understand the pull between moral obligation to adopt a dog in need of a home with being realistic about adopting a dog that you can actually live with due to allergies.

Good luck with whatever you decide!

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