Whether you are allergic or just not a friend of dog hair it is important to find a dog that does not shed. There are plently of dogs both small and large which are non shedding or considered low shedding. Just make sure to do your homework to find a dog that is a good fit for your family. - Dave|Xoxide
Our family is trying to decide what kind of dog to get. My wife's family always had a dog while she was growing up, but I had to rely on the neighbors.
It is very important to my wife to have a clean dog. It's been about 15 or so years since she has lived at home and she likes not having dog hairs on everything. The most recent dog her parents had was a German Sheppard/Black Labrador mix.
I would like a medium to large dog with higher intelligence. I want to train it, but being a first time dog owner, I may not be very good at training, so I want the dog to be of above average intelligence. We have two daughters, ages 4 and 7, so the dog needs to be good with kids. We have an average size suburban yard. We don't have any other pets, but we want a dog that will be friendly with other people's pets. My in-law's most recent dog once attacked a poodle. I want a dog that I can play Frisbee with at the park with minimal concern that it will attack somebody's dog instead of the Frisbee. Lastly, I am concerned about how well the dog will get along while we are at work/school during the day. We are willing to get two dogs if need be so that they can play together, but I have heard that with some breeds, this can be a mistake as they will get into more trouble together than they would individually.
Getting back to low shedding, I went to this web site and found a list.
While these dogs fit my wife's desire for a low shedding dog, they often do not fit my idea of the ideal dog. Generally speaking, the entire Toy group does not appeal to me. I don't care for Poodles either. I really like the Polish Lowland Sheepdog and perhaps the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. An American Foxhound might be a good choice too, but I'm not sure how much they shed. A Golden or Lab would be great, but I'm sure they shed way too much for my wife.
Any advice people can offer would be greatly appreciated. I want to make the best possible decision. I think if more people used forums such as this one, and the Internet in general, before getting a dog, there would be fewer dogs in the shelters. Thanks.