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Considering a Doodle for me and my daughter

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I am considering getting a doodle for my Daughter. She is extremely allergic to most animals as well as has asthma. For this reason i am trying to figure out if it is possible to keep a doodle as an outside very occasional inside pet. The thing that worries me is my daughters asthma and her needing a "clean air" environment if an attack and treatment session is needed.

Does anyone here keep "outside" doodles?
if so how does this effect the grooming, with matting being a problem?

Any help would be very greatly appreciated
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Doodles are family dogs - they prefer to be WITH you. From my limited experience (ours is only 17 weeks old) I can tell you our dog would be miserable left alone outside. There are breeds that are more independant but I don't think any of them are allergy friendly. I have read multiple cases of doodle owners thinking their dog can be left outside and most of those dogs have now been rehomed because they were miserable (or made their owners miserable)

I would find a breeder of F1b's who will allow your daughter to spend 1 on 1 time with each puppy to figure out if she will have allergies to them. My dd has pretty severe asthma and has NO problem with our puppy who is an F2.

Good luck to you.
Thanks maybe I can section off house to Dog friendly/daughter friendly areas. I grew up around animals and when ever my daughter sees animals her eyes light up and I can see she would benifit as I did from having pets. We have not been in a position to have a dog (not enough room, then not enough time, etc..etc....) until now. I really hope to find a good fit for our family and for my daughter she loves dogs so much but here asthma and allergies have always kept her from them.
I would really just go visit a breeder with a litter of F1B's - you may be surprised - she could have NO problems and then you don't have to worry about "areas" for each of them.

The big changes I made to the house while prepping for the puppy were investing in an ionic breeze for my daughters bedroom and one for the main living space of the house... they were expensive but you can actually feel the difference in the air quality in the house. Worth every penny if you ask me! I also bought a vacuum with a hepa filter (dyson dc14 animal vac) - but I'm sure you are familiar with all this if you have a child with allergies :)
Labradoodles are extremely social animals and will not do well outside. Even with the 2 that I have, they are not happy being outside for more than an hour without me with them. They become very destructive at that time in the yard. I agree with debbildog, there are other breeds that do much better as outside "occasional" dogs. Good luck in whatever you decide.
All the advice so far, should definately be taken to heart.
My Denver will go out in the yard alone to do his business
but will immediately return inside if none of us are outside.
They truly are "People Dogs" and love! love! love !to be
where you are. I totally agree that they are not suitable to be
outside dogs.
I think if you left your doodle would have a heartbroken doodle. They want to be right next to their family. Please try to find out how your child would do around a doodle before you take one home.

I guess i disagree about any dog just being an occasional pet and being left outside. I can't see how that would accomplish what you want.

I grew up around animals and when ever my daughter sees animals her eyes light up and I can see she would benifit as I did from having pets.
:( :(
hi gibbs and welcome!
I think the posters here so far are trying to say that there is a real possibliity that an f1b IS allergy/asthma friendly and there is no need to sequester your daughter from the dog or vice versa.

If you have any concerns about Doodles how about a nice Standard Poodle? Maybe one that has the Standard frame of mind and personality but is on the smaller side, say, under 20" ?

Otherwise, I think you might want your daughter to visit dogs or puppies elsewhere if her asthma is such a large risk. It's hard to tell how a child might process being kept from a dog she has come to love.

On the positive hopeful side, I have had the pure joy of having grown adults who spent their lives dreaming of owning a dog (due to asthma and allergies) realize their dream with a silky, fleece-coated F1b Labradoodle!

Best wishes as you consider what's best for your daughter and all,
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gibbs..sorry if I came across a bit strong....I just see so many sad dogs banned to the backyard and forgotten..I know you want to find what is best for your daughter and coming to this forum is a great place to start. Lots of good information and experiences. If she can tolerate it, a doodle would make a wonderful companion. :)
Hello, welcome!
I want you to know that I totally understand your concerns. My husband suffers from severe allergies and asthma. He uses his inhaler many times a day...but not because of our dogs, thank goodness!
Maureen made a good point about Poodles, and if you dont' clip them in that silly fashion, they almost look like Doodles!
I agree with the others that one of the things that make Doodles such great family pets is that they adore the family. My dogs, although they WILL spend time outside, would rather that I am out with them. It is their ritual, even at night, that I go out with them to potty...and when I come in, so do they. They really do follow me everywhere....which, of course makes a very nice pet for your daughter.
One thing that you might want to keep in mind too, is that often people are allergic to the PRODUCTS used on the dog...for instance, the shampoo, rinse, etc. Or even that these dogs, due to their coats, will pick up allergens from outside, like dust, dander from other animals they play with, pollen, etc.
So, I think (as the others have mentioned) that having your daughter spend time with a few Doodles might help you to know...and also, if you get one, someone (not your daughter, obviously) should brush it before it comes into the house every day.
What state are you in? I know that there are many of us with puppies all over the place, maybe we could arrange a visitor for your daughter...perhaps in an open space.
When we met our dogs, my husband didn't know if he would have an attack (he can't be in a room where an animal has been, even if the animal is no longer there...) so our breeder gave the puppies a bath and brought them to us in our hotel room (where we knew that my husband was not having reactions.)
After snuggling with the dogs for an hour, we took a chance...still, knowing that things could change...and we brought 2 puppies home, fully expecting to make a gift of them to our family members if it didn't work out for us.
Well, we became breeders because it worked so well that we wanted to share this lovely dog with others!
Soooo, I think it is worth a try...but find a breeder willing to work with you.
Perhaps starting with a sample of the dog's hair...and moving on from that point.
Please feel free to contact me if I can help. If you want to send a PM to me (click the PM button for private message) I will send you my phone number and we can discuss whatever you'd like.
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I whole-heartedly agree with the other posters. My Dakota is even heartbroken when we go somewhere in the truck and don't take him . . .
I'm with everyone else on this and we've only had Cody for 7 weeks now. He MUCH prefers to be with us then alone outside. If we take him out, he'll come in with us most of the time. The times he won't, you can find him at the back door within 10-15 minutes wanting to come back in and join us.

As to allergies and asthma - I have both. I will preface this by stating my asthma is VERY mild. My allergy list is long, but cats top it. Dogs have always been hit or miss with me, but because an initial miss may not hold a few days down the road, I never had a dog growing up (parents got one once I went away to college). Their first Basset didn't bother me unless I was in the house for an extended period, but their second one (years later) bothered me right when I walked in the house.

Anyhow, DH grew up with dogs and wanted one. So after an Animal Planet show on doodles and MUCH research, we got an F1. I was able to go to the breeder's and test my allergies - very little reaction (and more then likely attributed to the lab moms). Since getting Cody home, I've had no issues. He does shed a bit, but not a whole lot - we just have to brush him every day. I'm still waiting for him to blow his puppy coat and see what we get, but at this point he's part of the family and if I need to permanently affix my inhaler to my mouth later, then so be it. :)

If your daughter's allergies are more severe, I would definitely head towards a F1b, but if they're not severe, test out a F1 as well.
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Marjie wrote
I need to permanently affix my inhaler to my mouth later, then so be it.
Now that is a Doodleholik
What a wonderful thing to say and be willing to do for
the love of a dog!!!!! You are great!!!!
Hi Gibbs,
While I or my hubby don't suffer from animal allergies, I do have a son-in-law that has severe allergies to dogs. He couldn't be in the same room as our old dog, a cocker spaniel, but he doesn't have any problems with our F1 LD. Since we live 600 miles away, when we visit we stay in their home and we visit with Cinnamon, we don't leave her at home. our SIL has even mentioned how much he likes her. My daughter has been trying to talk him into a dog and she thinks he's almost there. They have 2 cats right now, so an LD would fit right in!! (yeh, right!)

As far as leaving Cinnamon out for long periods of time, she lets you know that's not going to happen. Even when we dog sit and that dog will stay outside all day, Cinnamon wants to be near me. None of this outside stuff for her!

Good luck with your decision!
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I think you will be hard pressed to find a reputable breeder that will sell you a puppy designated to be an outdoor dog. I had a family in a situation like yours before and I bathed the puppy prior to the girl visiting and allowed her to visit out front with the pup for as long as they wanted and then they left to see what if any reaction occurred. When none did I sold them the pup on a 2 week trial basis (I dont know what else to call it!) I offered full money back in that period no questions asked if an allergic reaction presented itself. None did! They have a happy daughter with asthma and a happy indoor doggy!

I also like Maureens suggestion of perhaps just going poodle. I would still visit first though because even though its rare you could still be allergic to poodles.

Have fun and its great to see you inquire before just jumping in to this!!
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