Posted: 02/11/2014 at 11:38
Hi Lesley - I have looked at labradoodles and a friend has one (I warned here they're loopy but did she listen??? LOL) - however it's not the hairs that aggravate OH's chest but shed skin particles. We'd considered very shorthaired dogs like whippets, weimeraners etc as well, but his chest reacts to them too - even when they're very well-groomed, regularly bathed etc. He's the same with cats. Fortunately he's ok with them in small doses - it's just living with them for any length of time - so we can visit friends and family with dogs, and he can make a fuss of dogs he meets
If we could have a dog it would be either a working-type terrier (Patterdale/Lakeland sort of thing) or my current dream dog - a Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen
In the past I've had labs, golden retrievers, springers, a cairn and a Jack Russell x wire-haired dachsund called Yo-yo and some Heinz 57s - loved them all.
As well as gun dogs on the farm my now Aged Ps had a corgie, Lhasa Apso and a Cavalier - not desperately keen on any of them but that's probably down to their owners' indulgent treatment of them, rather than any innate fault of the dogs.