I have badly wanted a dog since I was a child, but I am allergic. I am taking allergy shots, and I have spent time with some of the "hypoallergenic" breeds and not had reactions; however, I would NEVER purchase a puppy without visiting it first to establish my allergy state.
I have an acre of property, with a 4700 sq. Foot house. I live alone and I am very active. I have a huge pool that the dogs would love. I live near desert trails and would love a dog to take out hiking and exploring trails in my beautiful state of AZ. The dog would go everywhere with me - coffee shops, errands, etc. He/she would be my buddy.
My three main concerns are: 1. My allergies - I am getting allergy shots. I would not purchase without visiting first to establish I am not allergic. I did visit a breeder of lagottos for a few hours once and did not have a rxn, but decided then that it was not a good time for me to have a dog.
2. Because I am allergic to dogs, I have small parrots as pets. They are my babies and mean the world to me. Two of them were severely neglected before I found them and they are the sweetest most affectionate little fluffs. They have their own room with large cages. They are out a lot (and they should be - for all intensive purposes they are wild animals). I have been told by dog owners, breeders and a vet, that I should be able to train a puppy to leave the birds alone, but of course I would never have both out unsupervised.
Third, I work a lot of hours, but I also get a lot of time off. 4 days a week will be longer days, but I would hire a dog walker to come by. The dog would have it's own room or area of the house, with a door outside to a gated area. It would get a walk twice a day, regardless. There is also a doggie day care on my way to work I would consider.
Based on these criteria, I think the lagotto is the best pick, but I am also wondering about the Swd, barbet, and Portuguese water dog. Does anyone have an opinion? Thank you!!!!