What kind of hypoallergenic dog should the Obamas get?

I saw a show that said they were considering a Labradoodle and was pissed! The last thing we need in this over-pet populated world is having the President act as as a role model for people who think it's okay to breed "Designer MUTTS". "Designer" dogs are the product of people who can't afford to buy two Purebred, AKC Registered dogs of the same breed, so they breed whatever they can get their hands on and give it a fancy name so they can make money selling the puppies.

Being a Breeder of AKC Show Dogs I may be biased. Anyone else here agree with me?

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Sharon7772

Asked by Sharon7772 at 3:59 PM on Jan. 23, 2009 in Pets

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  • I think a labradoodle is a hypoallergenic dog is why...one of their daughters has allergies.

    http://australian-labradoodle.com/Allergy%20Friendly%20Dogs.htm Not sure if this is the same one...I would suppose so.

    I figure any breed they pick people will be up in arms. I could care less. At least they will be responsible and not dump their pet or let it roam the streets not spayed or neutered.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:06 PM on Jan. 23, 2009

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  • That is what I have heard too, one of the girls has an allergy, so they have to get a hypoallergenic doggie! He has said if it were not for the allergy he would love to adopt from a shelter!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:21 PM on Jan. 23, 2009

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  • Heres a better question. WHY do they suddenly have to get a dog. Like it's some presidential thing. Give me a freakin break. If they already had a dog, cat, gerbil..whatever..great. To deliberately get an animal because it is expected is absurd to me.
    GrnEyedGrandma

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 4:37 PM on Jan. 23, 2009

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  • Just because a dog is deemed hypoallergenic does not me it is 100% allergy free. It is a mix breed dog half of which is a Lab (a dog that does cause allergies and a Poodle which is low allergy causing). Allergies are caused by saliva not hair.It is a crap shoot as to whether the pup will get the poodle gene or the lab gene. Either way the dog still produces saliva. I agree as an AKC show person myself that our new president is feeding the Puppy Mill industry. The VP did the same in purchasing a GSD from Jolindy kennels a mass producer of GSD's that are raised in filthy conditions. I have been to Linda's place for a client who wanted a GSD. Why does anyone feel the need to put a dog or cat in the White house? There is no need. If his children wanted a dog for so long, he should have obliged them sooner. It is a publicity stunt. NMNL.

    equusvetgal

    Answer by equusvetgal at 4:52 PM on Jan. 23, 2009

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  • They wanted a dog because now is when those little girls are the right age to want and learn how to care for a dog. Why should they be denied a pet just because their father decided to run for president?
    pagan_mama

    Answer by pagan_mama at 6:45 PM on Jan. 23, 2009

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  • Just curious..What exactly is the right age? No one said anything about denying them a dog. What was said is that if the family member is so allergic why would anyone get the animal. It makes no sense. Cancel that last sentence, he now has staff that can take care of the so called family companion. So much for children being old enough to care for dog. I would never think of bringing any animal into my home if a family member of mine was allergic. It is not fair to the family member or animal.

    equusvetgal

    Answer by equusvetgal at 8:08 PM on Jan. 23, 2009

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  • I have never under stood the "labradoodle" thing. In my local paper this week there are ads for (see if you can guess the cross) Cavatese $550, chi-a-pin $100, Golden Doodle $1000, Labradoodle $800, maltipom $450, Miniature Mastiff (which defeats the purpose) $200, Morkie $500, Peek-a-pom $150, Peek-a-poo $250, and of cours the yorki-poo $300.

    Seriously folks....these are not real breeds.

    Oh, and dogs can not be 100% hypo-allergenic because what people are allergic to is the oil in the dander not the hair. And even the Chinease Crested has skin.
    jojoba

    Answer by jojoba at 8:49 PM on Jan. 23, 2009

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  • When did doing a good deed of giving a pet a home become so negative? I'm surprised by alot of people's answers here. My daughters Girl Scout leader has an allergic daughter and they have had a hypoallergenic dog now for two years and everything is fine. I think there are more important priorities to look at in this day and world.
    LKornak

    Answer by LKornak at 8:55 PM on Jan. 23, 2009

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  • Labradoodle: Allergy Friendly: What does it really mean?

    Allergy friendly means that 99.9% of people with asthma and/or allergies will not have reactions to the dander or the coat of the Australian Labradoodle. The small population of people that have allergies to Australian Labradoodles are most likely allergic to dog saliva, and will generally react to any breed of dog, shedding or not.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:30 PM on Jan. 23, 2009

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  • ""Allergy friendly means that 99.9% of people with asthma and/or allergies will not have reactions to the dander or the coat of the Australian Labradoodle.""

    First of all, I'm pretty sure they're not Australian. Second of all, this is stated like it's actually a real breed, and it's not. My post was mainly a focus on whether or not it is right for people to breed Mutts and act like they've done something good. There are enough Mutts in the shelters that need homes.

    Heck, there are soooo many people breeding low quality, non-health tested, purebred dogs and selling them cheap. (which is also a problem in this country) Why would you ever pay $1,000 or more for a Mutt?

    As far as hypo-allergenics is concerned. Being a mutt, you cannot determine definitively which genetics the dog will possess the most of. It may get 100% of the Lab's non-hypo-allergenic properties..

    Sharon7772

    Answer by Sharon7772 at 11:00 PM on Jan. 23, 2009

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