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In despret need of a poodle or bichon

September 9th, 2004, 08:27 PM
I have 3 asthmatic children and they despreately want a dog. I was told they could either have a poodle or a bichon. I grew up with poodle and have the knowledge to keep them happy and healthy. It does not have to be a puppy but would perfer it to be house trained. I f anyone could help you would make 3 children very happy. I live in windsor ontario but would pay for the dog to be shipped.

Crystal :)

September 9th, 2004, 08:38 PM
You need to have the children around dogs to see how they will react. One way you may want to do this is by offering to foster a dog for a rescue. These breeds you mention can cause allergic and asthmatic reactions as well. It's got nothin to do with hair/fur it's all about 'pet dander'

September 10th, 2004, 05:30 AM
Luba's right, although poodles and Bichons are usually less allergenic than any other breed. You're still going to have to try a dog out with your kids, and it should be for a few days. Also, make sure the dog is shampooed with something that doesn't smell too strong, as that can cause a reaction all by itself! As an allergy sufferer (and recovered asthma sufferer) and major dog lover, I sympathise with your situation and hope that you find the perfect pet!! Good luck!!!

September 10th, 2004, 11:58 AM
My friend has poodles and they have been around them alot so that is how I know that they will be okay. They have the same love and passion for animals as I do. They are caring and gentle children when It comes to animals. I have frogs and nutes and fish. They take good care and are responsable.. I have a friend who is a dog groomer and she will take care of all my grooming needs so I am not worried about that. Thank you for your replies they are very much appreciated.


September 10th, 2004, 12:02 PM
Every single dog is different. One dogs dander can cause allergies yet another not. It depends on the dogs own metabolism, what they eat, their environment, grooming (the dogs own grooming abilities and so on)

EACH DOG is different!!

September 10th, 2004, 12:14 PM
There specialists told me that bichons and poodle have the lowest dander and that as long as I keep they brushed daily and keep them clean and well groomed I should not have a problem. I grew up with poodles and there is a extreme amount of upkeep to them emotionally and physically. I assume that bichons are the same.when we got our last poodle which has been dead for about 10 years was badly abused when we got him. when we went to see him he just ran to my brother and I and he looked at us to say help me please. I said we have to have him. I was 8 at the time. we took him home and took him to the vet and he had so many things wrong with him. He was under wieght and he was all tatey but I took the time and within a month he was so much better. he was the baby of the house. He was an amazing little person. If you had seen him you would not think of him as a dog. I use to dress him up and make little sweaters for him. it was a loss when he died at 15. I want to share that with my kids.

September 10th, 2004, 12:34 PM
It's great to have a pet but in your situation you MUST meet the dog first.
You are asking in other threads as well to have dogs shipped to you and this is not something you want to do.

First of all, not all dogs and children get along (aside from allergies)

You HAVE to meet the dog and like I said to you before go to a rescue. Their dogs are in foster homes. ALSO if you foster a dog and end up wanting to keep it you can adopt it.. it's a wonderful way to see if your family and the new dog get along and the allergies are not an issue.

OVER bathing causes dry skin and MORE dander. Dogs should not be over bathed for their own reasons (dry skin and poor coat as well as itchy, flakey skin)

Brushing and bathing is a 'as need' basis. Some breeds like poodles and bichons can require extra grooming but it doesn't mean you have to bath the dog every time you want to clip the fur.

Brushing indoors INCREASES the dander in the air which is what your children will breath into their lungs causing the allergic asthmatic reaction.

Search through rescues and offer to foster for them. Its probably the best solution for you at this time.

Again I can't stress the importance of meeting the dog especially when you have children.

September 10th, 2004, 11:10 PM
Thank you for the response. Like I said I know about the grooming and care end. My poodle had dry skin when we got him and I mean really dry skin. I agree about meeting the dog. You don't the temperment of the dog or how he is going to respond without meeting him. My brother was asthmatic and I had to groom my poodle outside or in out laundry room with all the windows and doors open. I am up to speed and am really prepared for a dog. Everyone keeps telling me how huge getting a dog is but I am ready willing and able to take on that responsabilty. My brother thinks it is because I am 30 and can't have anymore kids. A dog is like haveing a newborn but you dont have to get fat to have it. :)

October 3rd, 2004, 05:42 PM
Portugese Water Dogs are apparently the absolute best dog breed for people with intense allergies. A member of our family had only this choice when buying a dog--and he's been fine ever since they got the PWD.

These are costlier dogs--ranging from 1500-2000, but they are friendly, cute and good with kids.

October 6th, 2004, 02:06 PM
Since this is in the rescue forum, you could try Portuguese Water Dog Rescue, Diana Scott, 905-852-5729

October 6th, 2004, 03:05 PM
Some breeds like poodles and bichons can require extra grooming but it doesn't mean you have to bath the dog every time you want to clip the fur.

Yea!!!!! Luba's back!!! :D :D I don't have to hold my breath and turn blue!! It's about time girl!!!!

Just have to correct this though . . . it is important for the dog to be bathed and brushed before being clipped. There is a danger of the dog being clipper burned if clipped too closely or the clippers become hot. Dirt will make the clippers dull and heat up more quickly. Also more danger of infection. The clippers will not glide easily through the fur either if not clean and brushed.

October 6th, 2004, 03:17 PM
Welcome back Luba.