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Tell us about yourself and how we might help you:
We are looking for a companion for our 6 year old Portuguese Water Dog, who up until Sophie passed 3 month ago has never been an only dog.
Do you currently own a dog? If not, have you owned dogs as an adult, with vet records in your own name (not parents' names)?
1 Male, 6 year old, Portuguese Water Dog
If you are looking to adopt a doodle, why have you chosen this mix?
Most of my family is allergic to animals that shed and Labradoodles do not shed. We live on a lake and love dogs that enjoy the outdoors and will take cruises on the boat with the whole family.
Have you read our adoption policies, located under the "About DRC" tab?
Are you aware that many doodles are not allergy friendly and that many of them do shed?
Yes, we are searching for one that does not shed
Are you aware that we do not adopt to homes with children under 10, and that we do not adopt dogs for service work?
Yes, the youngest in out family is a senior in highschool
Are you now involved in Rescue? If so, how? Are you interested in volunteering with our rescue?
Other than volunteering at local rescues and donating to the ASPCA, we are not.

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At 10:41am on May 8, 2014, Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie said…

We aren't trying to be negative, but realistically informative.  Many of our dogs come into rescue because the owners believed the hype that all doodles are non-shedding and  hypoallergenic (more like poodles and PWD's),  when they find out that their dood triggers their allergies, or their dood sheds they need/want to re-home them.  And until one is really "in the know" they have no clue that there is a coat change from pup to adult that can change one's reactions to the dog.  The point of view of our rescue is to find the best  forever home for the dog as opposed to the best dog for the adopter - see the difference? Sometimes that is the same, but many times it isn't.   Multigenerational doodles would be LESS inclined to trigger your allergies.  F1B (first generation doodle back to a poodle) is another cross less likely to trigger allergic reactions.  The problem is that most times we might not have that information.  And the newest studies show that there is a chemical in the dog itself that seems to make allergic reactions less and this is truly on a dog by dog basis - so one might do well with one particular dog of a breed usually not thought to be allergy friendly because of that and other dogs of that breed would set off severe reactions. 

At 9:36pm on May 7, 2014, Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie said…
Hi Kelsea,
If you are looking for a dog and allergies are a concern, you should know that there is truly not a hypoallergenic dog breed, however 'non-shedding' dogs tend to be more allergy friendly. Here is a link to the most allergy friendly breeds:
While doodles are great dogs, not all of them are non-shedding or allergy friendly and there is a coat change from pup to adult that can cause a change in your allergic reactions to them. Here is an article about determining your allergy level with a particular doodle. If you are still interested in adopting a doodle (that may or may not be allergy friendly) be sure to read our DRC ADOPTION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.
You might want to get an application on file.
Check the OUR ADOPTABLE DOODLES section. When you are looking at the pictures, notice that the two letters in front of the dog’s name mean the state they are being fostered in. While the DRC allows out of state applicants, they cannot transport the rescues and will not let them fly, so you need to be within driving distance of the foster. If you have an application on file and you see a dog under the DRC’s care, you can send an e-mail to: stating that you have an application on file and would like to be considered for (name of dog).
Here are some additional ideas for finding a rescue doodle:
Here are some additional ideas for finding a rescue doodle:
1. Here is an interesting article that points out dog breed differences genetically, especially mixed breed dogs like doodles:
2. Here is an article on what a doodle really is:
3. Here is a helpful article on how to find a doodle on Petfinder and in shelters:
4 PETFINDER (putting in all zip codes within your driving distance) as well as possible dog breeds that could be doodles starting with poodle which will include poodle mixes; Sometimes doodles are listed as terrier mixes;
5. GOOGLE in shelters and humane societies within your driving range. Check their sites often.
happy spring

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