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I want a dog but my husband is allergic

I know it would make me more active and I've wanted one my whole life. Any ideas?

Fri. Aug 18, 2:24pm

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I am the allergic one in our house and I can honestly say I am SO thankful my husband understands that it just isn't a good idea. My kids pressure us to get pets but I would be sick constantly with them around. Do you have a friend who has a dog? You could always "borrow" them for a walk or run.

Friday, August 18, 2006, 2:26 PM

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you can become a friend of a local shelter. they are always looking for people to play with and walk their housed dogs.

Friday, August 18, 2006, 2:26 PM

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If you don't have any local shelters try running an advertisement for free dog walks between specified hours. I'll bet you get some calls, then not only can you change up where you're walking but you can get the experience of playing with different pooches :)

Friday, August 18, 2006, 2:31 PM

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There are a few breeds which do not cause allergic reactions. I will attach a link with a list of some of them. I can also give you some generalizations about the list from what I know off hand about dogs.

There are lots of terriers on this list. Terriers are tenacious and determined. They're very fiesty. They don't need a lot of grooming since their coats tend to be short and wiry. They need plenty of exercise and activities to keep their minds busy. Most were bred to do things like dig out vermin in the countryside (terra = earth). They can be yappy and they can also be hole (and couch) diggers. Most of them, even the smaller ones (Cairn, Border), would be suitable walking/running companions. I have a pit bull terrier and I love him! He treks along for my 10 mile runs on the weekends with no complaint.

There are also a few toy dogs on this last - aka lap dogs. These include Bichon, Chinese Crested, Maltese, Malti-poo, Miniature Poodle, Shih Tzu and Toy Poodle. None of these dogs would really need a lot of exercise, and some are even a little fragile.

Some of the bigger dogs on the list who would love a LOT of exercise include the water spaniels, the schnauzers and the labradoodle. I know a few families with Portugese Water Spaniels and I think they are very nice dogs.

Seems there are a lot of foreign breeds on the list as well. I am only familiar with the basenji - a small-medium size dog that is considered "bark-less" and the puli - a large dog whose coat grows into dreadlocks.


Friday, August 18, 2006, 2:41 PM

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I'm allergic and I agree with the above poster - if you get one of the low-shedders your allergies may be ok.

Here's an idea....

I REALLY wanted a boxer but wasn't sure how my allergies would react.... I volunteered to foster which gave me an opportunity to "test-run" the dog to see how my allergies would be and it also gave us the opportunity to make sure she fitted in with our family!! Boxers don't have the undercoat like shepherds, labs etc. and she doesn't bother me. I am EXTREMELY allergic to all that flying hair the undercoat breeds shed a couple times a year!!!!! The other bonus is she doesn't need to go to the groomer for haircuts.

Friday, August 18, 2006, 3:22 PM

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