Posted : 4/19/2007 5:26:11 AM
Hi again, & thanks for the input. I'm hoping to get even more!
I had found a site titled Select Smart.com/ [linkhttp://www.selectsmart.com]www.selectsmart.com[/link]
and this is where I originally found encouragement regarding Lab's & allergies. It had a series of questions, and you could answer as Yes, strongly prefer
or No Preference.
Some questions were more definative, such as Exclude all dogs not appropriate for kids
or Biters Avoid all dogs that are more likely to be aggresive
(I answered yes to these ?'s).
When it asked Would you like a dog as more easily tolerated by allergy sufferers?
I answered Yes, strongly prefer.
I also answered Yes, St. Prefer
to trainability, intelligence, stranger tolerant
to pet tolerant.
I checked No Preference
to everything else.
It then ( after enduring advertisements) gave me a list of breeds with a number in front of the breed name. They weren't ordinal numbers, they seemed to be sort of like a percent number, but it didn't have a percent symbol so maybe I'm wrong. At any rate the "top dogs" were as follows: 100 Bichon Frise, 95 Poodle (toy), 88 Border Terrier, 85 Labrador Retriever, 79 Golden Retriever, 76 Fox Terrier (wire), 76 Havanese, 73 Pharaoh Hound, 73 Whippet . There were about 55 breeds listed going down to a rating of 42.
The Bichon got cut because of excessive grooming needs combined with a rumors of serious potty "issues". The poodle was cut because my kids say that "no way on this God's earth are they going to have a dog with fluffy butt cheeks". The Border Terrier got cut because of the extreme warnings regarding the instinct to run after little furry things led me to believe that it was going to run head first into a milk truck the first time it got out of the house without it's leash!/that's my run-on sentence for the day.
It didn't help when I found out they cost about $1500 average. The fact that we live on 1+ acres of "little furry critter heaven" does not help either!
OK so were now down to the Lab & the next is the Golden. I really,really like both those breeds! I found more info on allergies and dogs on an online article titled Dog factor differences in Can f 1 allergen production.
If you Goggle that title you will find a few references to this study of 188 dog breeds. I will type in one site address, but it's really long: [linkhttp://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/mksg/all/2005/00000060/00000008/art00012]www.ingentaconnect.com/content/mksg/all/2005/00000060/00000008/art00012[/link]
(hope I got that right).
If you read this and some of the other articles you will understand why I was hoping for a layman style interpretation. Because of this study I have been more focused on the Lab. I am not under the illusion that a Lab would be hypo-allergenic. Believe it or not I was once allergic to a Christmas Tree! We didn't stop getting Christmas Trees (until we won a fake one, so now my husband won't buy a real one/bummer), but we stayed away from the really long needle type. I'm pretty sure that my husband would have put me up for adoption, if the kids would have let him, when I told him that I was allergic to that tree! Apparently I have a Felix Unger respiratory system, but an Oscar personality. Thankfully I'm not really as bad off as that character, but it is really frustrating dealing with allergies.
I did have a German Shepard that had very serious hip dysplasia (we had one hip replaced when she was about
, also bone chips in her elbows + a host of other physical problems. I had bought her about 21 years ago for $500 from a reputable breeder. Her father was a Schutzand bred Shepherd imported from Germany. The hips were all checked on the parents. She was the best dog in the world except for those darn problems. She lived to be 11 years old. I wasn't allergic to her for the first 2 years, but as I had children my allergies developed and got worse. I think Shepherds are one of the worst breeds for allergic people, but we adjusted. She never understood why she couldn't sleep in my room anymore or why she lost free run of the house. I have to say that some shepherds have facial expressions similar to people and I often think of her looking at me with those sad eyes while sitting behind this gate that kept her out of the kitchen. Alas, I digress... I guess my point is that I am all too familiar with that darn hip problem, and the breeder of the Lab puppies did have the hips checked out for both parents/eyes & (I think) elbows.
I am interested in participating in agility type training with the future dog. I am only interested in the AKC's opinion as it pertains to the possible breeding of the dog. What I mean is - if it pans out to be an excellent dog for temperment, intelligence, training etc.. and if "the powers that be" think it is a good possibility for breeding, I would be interested in that. So I was thinking that maybe the little bit of white under it's lip may be something that would eliminate it from the running. I had hoped to pursue that with my shepherd, and she was doing very well with her training, but obviously the hip problems (among other things) took that idea off the table.
I'm looking forward to hearing more opinions on this allergy/ Labs ?