Hypoallergenic Dog Recommendations
We have a large family with kids from ages 8 up.
I am around most of the time so can train a puppy. I have had dogs before and we recently fostered a dog that my children were great about walking.
I know that nothing is ever truly hypoallergenic but I seemed to have developed mild allergies to cats and dogs. My niece who spends a weekend with us a few times a year and visits often is SEVERLY allergic to dogs.
I considered a goldendoodle but then read some study that showed they were just as bad if not worse at producing dander than your basic mutt. Anyone know if this is true? I may look into getting an F1B with the hopes that it will be less reactive than an F1. Anyone have thoughts on this? Plus I am shocked at the range of prices for what is essentially a mutt. One web site wanted 500 and another wanted 2000. Since you cannot show or breed them, why would they charge so much? Why such a difference? How do I find a reputable breeder?
I was considering a poodle. A friends poodle from the 1980s was probably the coolest, smartest, sweetest dog I ever met. However, I met a poodle over the weekend who is just psycho (bites without warning and then is friendly) and his owner basically told me she believes that this is typical of poodles. Just what she said, I have no idea. I would consider a minature or standard.
I have visted and looked at shelters in my area but younger (I would take a dog up to age 2) hypo breeds are not readily available.
In general I am not a fan of terriers. We are fairly mellow and they are not (I know that is a generalization). Wheaten terriers sound like they would be too hyper for my house,
Sizewise anything from a miniature poodle size to standard poodle would be fine.
Finally, I am lost as to how to find a reputable breeder. Plus I really will not buy a dog sight unseen. Do I just keep hitting web sites?