Are we really thinking about getting a puppy?

by Lisa on May 9, 2012

I can’t believe we are talking about it. Hubby has refused to even humor such discussions for so long. Every time Gracie brings up the subject of getting a puppy – WHICH IS EVERYDAY – my hubby will remind her we are not getting a dog. End of subject….. Until recently. Well, she still thinks we are not getting a dog, but hubby and I have started researching breeds and talking about what type of dog would be best for us.   Grace turns 5 soon.  Maybe a puppy will be her surprise gift.

My daughter and I are both allergic to many things- including dogs.  And, she is asthmatic.  However, there are dog breeds which are considered “hypoallergenic“. So, we are looking at a list of these types of dogs. I am blessed to have some special ladies in my life who are dog trainers and groomers. NICE! I consider them experts. They deal with all types of breeds everyday. I am thankful for their insight.  These ladies have been giving me some great advice regarding temperament, personalities, upkeep, etc. for certain breeds.
Here are a few of the breeds we are considering:

havanese breed

Havanese

Maltese breed

Maltese

Bichon frise

Bichon Frise

Cavachon breet

Cavachon

Schnoodle Breed

Schnoodle

Aren’t they all just so cute?  How will be decide?

Do you want to know more about the hypoallergenic breeds?  GO HERE for a thorough listing at www.dogbreedsinfo.com.

Now, do we buy a puppy from a breeder? Do we find a dog to adopt from a rescue shelter? So many ways to go. I will definitely let you know what we decide. Until then, I would LOVE to hear from you. Is your family a dog family? Or, are you cat people? Is a fish the only pet ever allowed in your home? Does the family dog sleep with the children?

I am curious. Tell me about your family’s pet and how you chose it.

 

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Liz Reeves May 9, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Here my 2 cents for what it’s worth:

If at all possible, adopt a rescue/shelter dog. You can even call the humane society & let them know what you’re looking for and they will call you when one of that breed comes in. Or go to petfinder.com & search for the breed. Betcha you can find one in a local rescue group!

Honestly, unless you’re planning to register the dog w/ the AKC & get its official papers (which seems totally pointless to me unless you plan on having a show dog), there’s not much use in paying out the wazoo to a breeder to get a “fancy” dog. There are equally amazing & beautiful dogs in all the shelters & rescue homes — and if you adopt one of them, you may very well be saving it from being euthanized!

Most shelters/rescue groups will let you “interview” the dog to see if he/she is a good fit for your family before you make a decision. We have been able to go interact with both of our last 2 dogs before making a decision.

Good luck!

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Lisa May 10, 2012 at 8:42 am

Thanks Liz. Petfinder.com is one of the sites we are looking on. 🙂

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Liz Reeves May 9, 2012 at 10:41 pm

PS If Grace has not been around dogs much, keep in mind that puppies are extremely playful & like to chew on things (including fingers & toes). If that might freak her out, it might be wiser to choose an older/adult dog who is already through the puppy stage. Another cool thing about adopting a dog from a shelter/rescue group is that most of them are not puppies!

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Amy Tong May 10, 2012 at 12:55 am

They are soooo adorable! Sorry but I really need to steer away from this post…I might just be too tempted to adopt one myself!

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Lisa May 10, 2012 at 8:43 am

Lol. I completely understand!! 🙂

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Kass May 10, 2012 at 5:51 pm

We are on our second Malti-Poo (the first lived 17 years). We love these dogs but I would suggest a Bichon since they are so wonderfully good-natured. I would not get a senior or adult dog just because the life cycle will be shorter and it is hard for children to deal with the death of their dog.

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Lisa May 10, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Thanks, Kass for sharing about your Malt-Poo. Those are some pretty cute dogs!

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Kim B. May 10, 2012 at 7:14 pm

We have had pet store dogs, breeder dogs & pound dogs. If you truly want a certain breed then the best way to go is with a breeder. If you want that feeling of saving a dog & giving it a 2nd home then definitely go to the pound. We LOVE our pound dog & I’m telling you, she’s the sweetest dog! It’s almost as if she’s sooo grateful we saved her as she’s better behaved then our pure bred dog!

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