Julia wrote: "I have no allergies (knock on wood), but I chose Poodles and then Havanese because they don't shed, don't drool and don't smell when they are wet. Now if I could only get my Persians to stop shedding. "
*** Yup, those were some of my considerations too, when looking for the best breed for us. I love the playfulness and various personalities of the Havanese, their size and weight and the wide variety of colorings.
I have had some reaction to certain dogs, but I have no idea just which ones, nor for how long I could react. I can visit one friend who has a Burm. Mtn. and a Lab and have absolutely no reaction. I visit my mom with her Pekingese and sometimes I'm o.k., other times I'm not. The last thing I want is to get attached to our pet only to have to give him away due to allergies!! No way I could think of doing that so.....
The only thing I was concerned about getting a Hav. was the description of them as "velcro dogs" as I was a little worried I'd be tied down at home and never able to leave for more than an hour! That hasn't been the case at all though. Ricky stays in his crate when we're gone on w/e outings and almost every time we come back home, he's waking up with a stretch and seems just fine.
We've never left him for more than 4 hrs. though just because I think more than that isn't good. I'm the one who worries the whole time we're out! lol