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Allergies and Havanese???

Hi! I have been lurking on here since December..As you know we may want a havanese and Ive already been contacted by some great breeders you recommended to me...We are waiting till my daughter is alittle older..
Heres the thing..Now we are unsure how allergic she may be..
We went to a dog show yesterday in NJ, that in one huge room there had to be over 100 dogs, and all groomers there too grooming and trimming all the dogs etc...After 2 hrs of being there, when we were leaving my daughter developed 5 hives around her chin, and was all stuffy in her nose, after neing i the car 10 minutes, she was completely fine....
She has been around my sisters yorkiepoo, and only once did she have a hive or two, but my sister also has 2 cats, a bird, and rabbit....
Soooo, Im assumely she has a slight allergy to dogs, but woudl she be fine with one dog?? Was it jsut cause there were tons of dogs? And if we get a havanaese, do you think she woudl be Ok?
We are are only considering a Havanese, Norfolk Terrier, and a Papillon...Though now a Papillon may be out of the question????
Thank you in advance for all your help!!!! My daughter will be 3 in the summer
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Hello Iwanta,

I think a dog show is probably the WORST place to go if someone has allergies to dogs...also the BEST place if you are not sure whether your daughter is allergic. Next trip, I would guess, would be to your pediatrician.

That said, Havanese are a very good breed for people with allergies. The shed minimally and do not produce dander. Most people with allergies are fine around Havanese. It is the dander you want to watch out for. Some non-shedding dogs still produce dander.

I congratulate you on all the research you are doing to find the right dog for your family! Nice work.
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My wife and son are both allergic to dogs and cats but they are fine with our dog as well as our friends hav. My advice is find a breeder that has only havs and ask them if you can come over for a visit. If your daughter doesn't have a reaction, you'll have your answer.

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Thanks for the info....
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I also agree, the best place to go when you have dog allergies is a cat show. lol! You can buy anti allergy drugs before you go to a dog show to have a fun time.

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Anyone else have thoughts on this? Im really confused now..I feel like we will never get a dog..As we were unsure if were getting a puppy, we wanted a rescue..Liek even a havanese mi, or poodle mix of some sort..
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If your daughter has allergies, I would stay away from the mixed breeds (unless both breeds have hair like maltese/poodle mix), as you never know what you are getting. Most people who are allergic to dogs, seem to do fine with dogs that have hair vs. fur. I would recommend you visit a breeder who breeds just Havanese and spend some time there with your daughter. That should help.

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Yes, I agree...I still feel liek a purebree havanese is best...Just emailed Hawkhaven, our breeder,( I hope) and she recommends my daughter goign there a few times to play with them before we buy....We still want a slightly older puppy though, but if not we will have to wait it out and get a puppy...Im not an experienced dog person, so training a pup may be more of a challenge for me...
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Yeah, the best thing is to always just try it out. Find someone with a havanese, whether it's a friend, the breeder, whatever, and have your daughter spend time with them. Just make sure they don't have other dogs or animals around. My breeder also had labs.

Personally, I've been allergic to dogs and cats my whole life, but I've never had any trouble with the Hav. She even sleeps in bed with me now (so I'm breathing near her all night) and still no trouble at all. But I never had severe reactions to dogs - no hives or anything like that, just lots of sneezing and itchy eyes.
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Great to know! Also, she onyl had a few hives too, but after 2 hours worth of over 200 dogs in a small place, with all teh groomers blow drying, etc...
I bet in a regular atmosphere with one dog, she may not have an issue..But I woudl still feel safer with a lower dander dog....Also, she is 3, so I still deep down feel the Havanese is a better family dog...
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