"Hi, I've have Springer Spaniels also and found that keeping them short was about as good as my non-shedding doodle. However, you need to know that many doodles do shed - one of mine sheds tons - way more than my Springer ever did. :-} The…"
My husband and I are retired and are looking to adopt a doodle mix (he has allergies), mainly for companionship. We need a medium-sized dog (such as a springerdoodle). We would prefer a dog who is housebroken but that's not critical. We live in a very dog-friendly neighborhood and have 3 miles of walking trails outside our door.
Do you currently own a dog? If not, have you owned dogs in the past? Any other pets?
We lost our dear Abby three years ago. We have owned two dogs, a lab/Irish setter mix and then an English setter. Both lived over 14 years. We also had a cat who lived 15 years.
If you are looking to adopt a doodle, why have you chosen this mix?
We know several people with doodle mix dogs and they are delightful, although quite varied in size! They are bright and people friendly and, with four young grandchildren, that's a must. We had been looking at Springer Spaniels but my husband's allergies have gotten worse in recent years so we decided a more hypoallergenic dog might be the answer, although that's not the deciding factor. We'd also prefer one that didn't shed quite as much as our last two!
Have you read our adoption policies?
Are you aware that many doodles are not allergy friendly and that many of them do shed?
Well, it's not critical. One way or the other, we'd love to get a doodle mix.
Are you aware that we do not adopt to homes with children under 10, and that we do not adopt dogs for service work?
None of that applies to us. Grandchildren just visit from time to time.
Are you now involved in Rescue? If so, how? Are you interested in volunteering with our rescue?
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Hi, I've have Springer Spaniels also and found that keeping them short was about as good as my non-shedding doodle. However, you need to know that many doodles do shed - one of mine sheds tons - way more than my Springer ever did. :-} The reason you've seen such a difference in doodles you have met is because they are mixed breed dogs and as such there is no standard.
If allergies are a concern, you need to be aware 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: http://www.justdogbreeds.com/low-shedding-dog-breeds.html
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.