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I am new here and am looking into getting a Havanese. The one problem is that my partner who lives with me has some allergies to some dog more them others.
As much as I just want to get the dog and say tough to him I can't. Has anyone met someone who is allergic or has had some allergens to dogs in the past but not to the havanese? It's not the saliva, it seems to do more with the hair. Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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My daughter has tested allergic to dogs, and has allergies to a friend's laborador retriever, but is not bothered by our havanese, in spite of rubbing her face in Dusty's fur on a regular basis. Probably the best thing to do is to try and find a havanese you can "borrow" so you can see if it causes allergies or not.
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My daughter in law has allergies - she is very allergic to Bella their cat but they love her anyway and tolerate her .. She is fine with the dogs she has never complained once ..
I have some allergies but not to pets
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I have allergies to doggy dander. But when Oreo was a little pup I was reacting to his urine, as we were using puppy pads in the house until he was trained to go outside. I am finding I am managing my allergies very well and I am not nearly as bad as I have been with other dogs even when I rub my eyes after petting him. I can actually take a big whiff of Oreo and it doesn't do anything. As long as I keep him well bathed (as I have seasonal and dust allergies) and if he needs major grooming I leave it up to the groomer because I react a bit the next day. I missed having dogs in my life and I am so happy I can share my life with one now. I hope it works out for you and your partner.

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I am allergic to both dogs and cats.

Whenever I brush or bathe our big dogs (golden retrievers & others), my skin welts up in painful hives. It's really awful. My DH usually does the bathing to keep my breakouts to a minimum.

However, I can and do bathe and groom Pepper (our Hav) by myself and have not had a reaction to his fur, dander or saliva. I can bury my face in his fur with no allergic response. If I try it with the other dogs my face will itch and burn until I can wash it off.

I also found out that dirty dogs make my skin breakout much worse than clean ones.

For sneezing and itchy eyes I found that over the counter Claritin worked wonders for me. I took it for years so we could keep our pets and, amazingly, I have not needed it for the past few years.

Your partner needs a hands-on meeting with a few Havs to see how it goes.

Good luck! I hope it works out.

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I have 3 cats and I have to wash my habds after petting them. If I don't and I touch my eyes, I get a reaction. I was not allergic to my other dogs, and I am not allergic to my Havs. But other dogs will make me sneeze or break out in a rash.

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Havs are perfect for people with allergies - they're hypo-allergenic, I think the word is, as they don't have traditional "dog" hair.
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My husband has bad allergies, if he is in a home even a clean one with a cat, he will have a runny nose within seconds, within a few hours, he can't breath. He likes cats but just cant be around them. He isn't as severe to dogs but usually runny nose- his parents have a corgi that has to be put in the basement when we visit. The maltese and Havanese don't give him any trouble but then again he never grooms them!


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Cory, your partner may do well with some Havanese and may be sensitive to others. Unfortunately, the only way to tell for sure is for you and your partner to go meet some and find out. When it comes time to pick a puppy, you'll know when you go meet him/her.

If you would like assistance in meeting some, I'm willing to help you find some closer to you and I'm sure others will too.
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My fiance is allergic to dogs and cats. Even his parents' dauchsunds will give him a runny nose and they are short haired dogs. However, he has never experienced a single allergy to Kubrick since we got him.

I agree with Kimberly, though, and make sure that you have your partner meet a Hav and make sure that he really is not allergic before you go off and get one.

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