November 15, 2008
Hypoallergenic Dogs: Can you own a dog if you are allergic to them?
President-elect Barack Obama will be looking hard for a dog before he enters the White House in January, but it wonâ€™t be any usual dog. The 45th president will be in need of a hypoallergenic companion. These are dogs that provide a reduced chance for an allergic reaction among individuals who would be prone to such. This is mostly because there is some quality in their coat that makes them less likely to shed, but there are other reasons as well. Here are some of the most popular hypoallergenic dogs that Barack Obama might be choosing from.
Bichon Friese -Â This is one of the few dogs that have been recommended by the American Kennel Club for people with allergy problems. The reason is that its undercoat does not hold lots of hair and it is especially intolerant of dander. This means that the chance for an allergic reaction is relatively small.
Goldendoodle â€“ From the â€œwho would have expected this?â€ file comes the Goldendoodle. At first sight, this looks like the kind of dog that would make a personâ€™s allergies go haywire, but itâ€™s not. Despite its curly coat this dog is popular because it doesnâ€™t shed. It is obviously a hybrid between a golden retriever and a poodle, so it is not the most common dog, but allergy sufferers are making this a popular choice.
Fox Terrier â€“ For those folks who would like a more rugged, outdoors dog, the fox terrier is a good hypoallergenic choice. The reason is that this is one of the only dogs in world that does absolutely no shedding. With no hair around the house to enrage the senses, allergy sufferers in the Obama household would be protected.
Greyhound â€“ The people who like to rescue greyhounds are doing a good deed, but they are also saving themselves the trouble of cleaning up dog hair. This is one of the most popular hypoallergenic dogs in the world. They are small enough to live in the house, but they have the make up and instincts to survive outside, as well. All in all, this is an excellent choice because their hair is so short that they rarely shed.
People looking for hypoallergenic dogs should know that there are quite a few options out there. In the end, it comes down to finding a dog that has a manageable coat because it is the dog hair that causes the most trouble for people with allergies.
There are certain dog breeds that you can picture alone, and others that you just have to see together. Scottish Terrier puppies, or â€œScottiesâ€ as they are affectionately referred to, are dogs that you often see in pairs. These animals love to be together and they seem to relish the role of being a pet. Because of that and the fact that they seem to almost live forever, they are great house pets for the entire family. Most owners feel that the Scottish Terrier breed becomes a part of the family after a little while.
Scottish Terrier puppies are small, but they are extremely sturdy. They have a long, flowing coat of hair that usually requires grooming. In order for the breed to have its characteristic look, they have to be well groomed. For most owners, this type of care is required about once per month. As far as colors go, Scottish Terrier puppies normally come in dark colors. Dark grey and black are the two most common hues for these dogs.
Though these dogs have a nice look to them, people donâ€™t generally buy them because of the appearance. What makes the Scottish Terrier breed so enviable is the fact that the dogs have personalities much like people. They are described by many owners as being dogs of high intelligence and high character. They are always full of energy and the scoot around the house so quickly that you can sometimes miss them. When it comes to protecting you, they donâ€™t play around either. The Scottish Terrier breed is very loyal and extremely protective. They have a long standing tradition of serving as excellent watch dogs.
Like with most dogs, Scottish Terrier puppies must be effectively trained from a very early age if you want to have a good relationship with them. They need a strong owner who knows how to handle them with both care and with stern enforcement. Obedience training is not difficult, because they are extremely intelligent, but it must be enforced by both positive enforcement and negative consequences. They can learn both basic commands and tricks, as long as the owner knows a little bit about dog training.
Scottish Terrier puppies must be cared for a great deal, as they are prone to certain health issues. They have one specific issue that is so common that it was actually named for them. â€œScottie Crampâ€ is a condition that is very painful and can sometimes restrict the movement of these dogs. It normally occurs in older animals, though.
Overall, this is a breed that relies on both its personality and its intelligence to get the job done. If you own one, you will want to own two. They can become a part of your family, given the appropriate amount of care and love.
For those people who need a distinctive looking pet, the Pekingese breed is a perfect fit. You will never have to worry about Pekingese puppies being confused for other types of dogs, and they provide a nice bit of companionship to go along with their distinctive look.
As you might have guessed, the Pekingese breed is known for its beautiful, flowing coat that is the one distinctive part of its appearance. While some dogs are a set color, Pekingese puppies come in a number of different shades, so there is a good bit of variance in this breed. Nothing about these dogs is large, meaning that both their features and their body are quite petite.
Even though they might not be the biggest dogs on the block, Pekingese puppies are not scared of anyone. In fact, they are sometimes foolishly brave. They have lots of courage and lots of energy to expend and they are not shy about protecting your home. While not the most effective guard dogs on the market, Pekingese puppies are enough of a nuisance to serve as excellent watch dogs. Owners will learn from the beginning that Pekingese puppies do what they want to do when they want to do it. They have a strong will about them that is hard to break, but they will be very submissive to their master. Donâ€™t expect strangers to have similar success controlling their actions, though.
Though the Pekingese breed does not have too many health problems to note, they do have a few things that owners must keep an eye out for if they want a healthy pet. Since they mostly live inside and donâ€™t mind being lazy for quite a while, these dogs have a tendency to let their weight become an issue. They are canine couch potatoes, so owners have to make sure that new Pekingese puppies get plenty of exercise and donâ€™t eat too much. In addition, these dogs are unique in the fact that they pick up colds very easily. Owners will want to keep an eye out for that.
While many dogs need a large, open space to survive, the Pekingese breed does just fine in whatever sort of atmosphere you prefer. They are perfect dogs for smaller apartments, because they can make themselves at home without having to have a large yard to move around in. Still, they do like to be outside, but can get by with only a couple of trips to the park or the occasional walk. This is why Pekingese puppies are a favorite for college students across the country.