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Have you ever met and pet any of these non-allergenic, large dog breeds? Bouvier des Flandres, Portuguiese Water Dog, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, Irish Water Spaniel or Standard Poodle.

We're looking for a large dog that's good natured, good with children, gentle, not one to jump up on newcomers (especially not on children), and one that's fairly easy to train and doesn't mind being alone from time to time.

We do live on water, so that would be a plus for a Portuguese Water Dog.
I had always hoped to have a Standard Poodle some day, but that was before I began to realize all of these other non-allergenic dog breeds out there.

But I'm also checking into local dog rescue shelters, so we may take pity on a 'less-than-perfect' dog that we think could fit into our family and give him or her a try, instead.


We tend to have a 'soft side' for the unfortunate, so that would extend to dogs, as well, though if the dog wouldn't get along with young children, that would be a problem, as I teach piano to young children and do have my great nieces and nephews over from time to time.

What about you?

Do you lean towards liking one of these breeds over another?

Or would you suggest another non-allergenic, large-ish dog to me (a mixed breed would be fine too) that you think might work better than any of these for my family?

...I'm listening & open to suggestions!
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(But I really don't want another small or medium-sized dog that might be a car chaser, as our past dogs died by being run over by vehicles.)

1218 day(s) ago

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philosopher
I love dogs. We do not have one because my son keeps us busy.

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Trissinger
1204 day(s) ago
Yes, that makes perfect sense, Philosopher.

I hope my husband & I will have a dog about the house & walking on the trails with us once again, before too long!



Happy Saturday to you, Philosopher!



Kravenhead
Yikes! I just went through a list and not only haven't I had any experience with any of them, but I hadn't heard of most either.
I did have a friend who's son had a Standard Poodle.
He made a hunting dog of him, of all things.
Now he bragged that dog up quite a bit, but to me, that's a little like a parent braggin' up their child.
Through the eyes of love, as they say.... Do "they" say that?

The first site I found had a blank page for a list. http://www.dogbreeds.com/non-allergenic/

The second had a pretty good list, though.
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/allergy.htm

On the Poodle..... I've heard, true or not, I don't know, that they don't really understand the danger regarding moving vehicles.
In other words, they run out in traffic.
I really don't know if that' true or not, but I have heard that on more than one occasion.

I've had a lot of dogs over the years, but most, with the exception of my Afghans and a Doberman, have been mutts.
Non of which were on that list.

Also, living in the "city" as I do, I wouldn't know that much about traffic dumb breeds.
In the city, dogs have to be leashed or fenced in.

I wish you luck.
There's something to be said about having a dog in the family.
They love pretty much unconditionally, so they can serve as a neutral bond in the midst of family disagreements.
They're always excited to see ya.
They get people out walking.

They even get strangers to smilin'... Like in nursing homes.
Yup... Dogs are good. I hope you find one.

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Trissinger
1183 day(s) ago
Hmm, talking to your dog, yes, I've done a lot of that with my pups in the past. I tend to think it's more for my benefit than for theirs. Anthropomorphic, you know.

Did your dogs do what you wanted them to?

Kravenhead
1185 day(s) ago
I don't think it's common. This guy is a hunter, so he's trained the dog to retrieve the birds he shoots from the water.

Yeah, temperaments do vary a lot.
Although, like you say, they do seem to adapt to their owner's needs, desires, etc.
Trainers usually say you should use one word commands. I've always done the opposite.
I've found that if I talk to my dogs a lot, and take an interest in what they try to tell me, the less we have to go through repetitive training exercises.
We communicate better.

Trissinger
1186 day(s) ago
I hadn't known that poodles of any type were trained to follow the scent of birds -- that is what a 'bird dog' does, no?

I am going to check into a Labradoodle & one other poodle mix yet.
Apparently one or the other can have pups that won't chase cars nor be lonely while on his/her own for a good number of hours.

It can largely depend on the particular dog & breeder & how it's been handled, however -- these mixed breeds don't always have consistent temperaments throughout, but can differ greatly (apparently, or so I've read) from how a breeder has bred and trained/not trained their dogs.

Kravenhead
1186 day(s) ago
Tall, Black, well mannered.
Supposedly he made a bird dog of him.
I think they even compete in bird dog contests of some kind.

Trissinger
1186 day(s) ago
What's your friend's son's Standard Poodle like?

Kravenhead
1204 day(s) ago
The only things I can be fairly certain about are from personal experience.
And even then, dogs all have different quirks and personalities.
Ha! I'm sure my friend's son would say his Standard Poodle isn't car dumb.

Thanks... And a Happy Early Sat Morning to you too Triss!

Trissinger
1204 day(s) ago
A Happy Early Saturday Morning to you Kraven!


Trissinger
1204 day(s) ago
Yeah, I was kind of expecting that most people wouldn't have heard of the other breeds, but one never knows.


Trissinger
1204 day(s) ago
Thanks K--!
Yep, I hadn't heard of most of those breeds either-- just read up on 'em. ;)

I think you're right, about people talking up their pet dogs the way some people do their children.

I guess if people do that about their children, what's to stop them from doing the same with the four-legged variety?

I have been hoping that a Standard Poodle was more intelligent than to run out into traffic...


I hope that only would hold true for the smaller poodle breeds. ...

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