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Considering getting a dog - can I ask for pointers?

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NacMacFeegle Fri 07-Oct-11 12:00:54

(You may have seen my thread last week, where I had an unexpected puppy visitor overnight. It seems to have made me whatever the equivalent of broody is for dogs!)

Main issues are my allergies (which vary from dog to dog) and that there are 3 children in the house, 8, 6 and 3. They are very used to dogs and well aware of how to behave around them though.

My family have always kept large dogs - Alsatians, Labrador etc. I would rather have a smaller dog, and think I would like some kind of terrier.

I would rather rehome than buy a puppy - I am not convinced that buying puppies is ethically sound.

I noticed Valhalla and a few others on another thread saying that Labradoodles and other new breeds are a bad plan - would that be a consensus on here? What about your average mongrel?

Having googled a bit, I am thinking about a Wheaten terrier, or a Kerry Blue type, although obviously will be limited by who is in the shelter!

Time scale - I am looking at after Xmas to start making serious enquiries, because I really want to be sure!

What do you think? Any experience of the above breeds (of course I know individual dogs vary within breeds, but as a general rule)

OldBagWantsNewBag Fri 07-Oct-11 12:18:31

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NacMacFeegle Fri 07-Oct-11 12:25:19


Not sure about the allergies - depending on dog, but at the most severe it would be contact (hives), runny eyes, itching and wheezing. Very attractive wink. That was with my Mum's Collie/ alsatian X. With others it's just a slight itch/ slightly sore eyes. I think if it's mild, then I should get used to it. Will have to go and rub my face on any prospective pets!

Lizcat Fri 07-Oct-11 16:28:00

There are a massive range of dogs who don't shed their fur and are suitable for allergies. The 'designer' breeds are often non-shedding, but this is not always the case. Most breeds have their own rescues run by volunteers who do an amazing job. I am currently salivating over a couple of poodles on the Poodle rescue website (I know I am only allowed one dog, but....). The kennel club lists these rescues by breed.

lemonbalm Fri 07-Oct-11 16:30:26

I wouldn't get a pointer. wink Or a terrier. Terriers are harder to train than, say, a labradoodle.

alice15 Fri 07-Oct-11 21:23:53

Second Lizcat's recommendation to contact breed rescue if you have a particular breed in mind. Our practice was involved in rehoming an Airedale last year, when the elderly owner very sadly became too ill to keep her, and Airedale breed rescue were wonderful - put us in touch with a selection of pre-vetted Airedale-loving homes, and she ended up going 300 miles to live with an old lady much like the one she'd left (but healthier!), with the backup of the old lady's Airedale-loving son in case of trouble. It was a match made in heaven that breed rescue made possible - they can do a wonderful job. If you go that route, though, you may not get a dog instantly, as they will rightly prioritise the right home for the dog over finding any dog for the homes that want them, if you see what I mean. Hope it works out for you.

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