"Great! Two of my kids are highly allergic to cats, but luckily not to dogs at all. So many people are told that ALL doodles are non-shedding and hypoallergenic and that is so untrue. I have three doodles and one would drive your…"
"Thank you. I just wanted to clarify that dogs and cats are only an "irritant" to my allergies, which is a runny nose or itchy eyes, not how some allergies can be so severe for people - I am still able to have both. "
My husband and I live in Billings, MT. I am a Realtor and he is a general manager of a company. We have a 28 year old son who visits often with his wife and three young children.
Do you currently own a dog? If not, have you owned dogs in the past? Any other pets?
We have one dog, Gus. He is a 6-1/2 year old neutered labradoodle. Our 16-1/2 year old cat Chester passed away last year, so it is just Gus. Prior to him we had a German Wirehaired Pointer, a Shorthaired Pointer and a lab mix over a period of 25 years. We previously always had two dogs and a kitty.
If you are looking to adopt a doodle, why have you chosen this mix?
I am slightly allergic to dogs and cats now. Although many dog breeds are "hypoallergenic", we love the temperament we have observed in Gus and the golden doodles we have met.
Have you read our adoption policies?
Are you aware that many doodles are not allergy friendly and that many of them do 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?
Are you now involved in Rescue? If so, how? Are you interested in volunteering with our rescue?
No, we aren't.
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Great! Two of my kids are highly allergic to cats, but luckily not to dogs at all. So many people are told that ALL doodles are non-shedding and hypoallergenic and that is so untrue. I have three doodles and one would drive your allergies nuts! Good luck finding the next dog of your dreams.
Hi Rose, Whenever allergies are a concern,'non-shedding' dogs tend to be more allergy friendly. Here is a link to the most allergy friendly breeds: http://www.justdogbreeds.com/low-shedding-dog-breeds.html Notice that doodles are not on the list.
The problem is that as mixed breed dogs, every Goldendoodle or Labradoodle is different, so the fact that one does or doesn't affect allergies doesn't mean that another one will affect in the same way. The protein that causes dog allergies is called KNF1, and it's present in varying amounts in individual dogs. With mixed breeds, even within the same litter, you can have wide variations, and there is no way to know that until the dog has his adult coat. http://doodlerescue.org/forum/topics/the-truth-about-dog-allergies-and-doodles
Here is an article about determining allergy levels with a particular doodle. http://www.doodletrust.com/education/doodle-alergy-myth No one should make a guarantee that a doodle is or will be hypoallergenic - this is marketing hype. 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. http://doodlerescue.org/notes/DRC_ADOPTION_POLICIES_AND_PROCEDURES NOTE: You MUST have had a dog as an ADULT with VET RECORDS for that dog in YOUR own name.