On Obama, hypoallergenic dogs, goldendoodles and allergies

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Goldendoodle Capers is up for adoption at Grateful Goldens Rescue in Mt Pleasant, SC

Since I last reported on Obama wanting to adopt a shelter dog, but having concerns about daughter Malia’s allergies, two things have happened: (1) The story has only gained ground, and (2) I realized that the buzz is that Malia wants a goldendoodle (not a labradoodle).

I’m thrilled that so many people have urged the Obamas to find their next pet on Petfinder, including Best Friends Animal Society, The Oregonian and author and blogger Carole Raphaelle Davis. And after the jump, I’ve included links to some of the adoptable goldendoodles listed on Petfinder.

I also learned some interesting information from Petfinder staffer Kim Saunders that could be useful to anyone with pet allergies:

There are plenty of hypoallergenic breeds, but there are actually no non-allergenic dogs (or cats). However, dogs with soft, constantly-growing hair — like the Poodle or the Bichon Frise — may be less irritating to some people. This might even be because they are bathed or groomed more frequently.

If your or a family member’s allergies are uncomfortable but not life-threatening, you can take these steps to reduce the symptoms:

  1. Wash pet bedding regularly and change your air filters frequently. You should also use a high-efficiency HEPA air cleaner in the home.
  2. Create an “allergy free” zone in the home — preferably the bedroom — and strictly prohibit the pet’s access to it.
  3. Brush your pet four to five times a week to reduce pet dander.
  4. Choose the right pet brush — one great option is the FURminator.
  5. Consider getting allergy shots to improve symptoms. Steroidal and antihistamine nose sprays and antihistamine pills can also work to make you feel better.

If you have any other tips for living with pet allergies, let me know!

Of the 147,936 adoptable dogs currently on Petfinder, there are quite a few hypo-allergenic breeds, such as:

  • 2,558 poodles / poodle mixes (including goldendoodles)
  • 925 Yorkshire Terriers
  • 657 Bichon Frises
  • 434 Cairn Terriers
  • 247 West Highland White Terrier Westies
  • 152 Cockapoos
  • 120 Wheaten Terriers

Some adoptable goldendoodles on Petfinder today:

in Daytona Beach, FL
April in Mt. Pleasant, SC
Hope in Willingboro, NJ (poor baby has a terrible — but treatable — case of mange)
Darren in Elverta, CA
(not yet named) in Montreal, QC — puppy mill refugee

Related links:

Poll: Should the Obamas adopt from a shelter? (AnimalPlanet.com)

Previous entries:

Hey Obama, you CAN adopt a labradoodle!

Obama’s puppy and more good news for animals

Nominate a Petfinder dog for the Obamas!

HSUS urges Obama to cast a vote for homeless pets