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30th September 2007, 10:47 PM
I currently have a 2 year old King Charles Cavalier, and looking for another dog; however due to my husband's allergies I don't want to get another cavalier. Is there another breed that gets along well with a cavalier? My dog is a neuter male and is very docile, I have hear that a miniature schnauzer would work OK.

Please Advise

Thanks Dana

30th September 2007, 10:53 PM
Do you need one that does not lose their hair ? A poodle might be good what ever good luck
----Aileen and the gang (Barney---Jazzie---Sam)

30th September 2007, 11:44 PM
Well, just be aware that no animal is totally hypoallergenic. It isn;t the hair that causes allergies but shedding dry skin -- dander. Some people do find getting a dog that sheds less hair is more helpful but not always. Adding a second dog could kick an allergy into hyperdrive, too -- the more you are exposed the allergen, the worse an allergy can get.

If you want to try a second dog I would consider a female, a mini schnauzer or a poodle as suggested are both low-shed breeds.

Other steps to take are bathing them every two weeks or so with a mild dog shampoo to wash off dander and loose hair; get an air purifier with HEPA filter for the most used rooms; make the bedroom off limits at ALL times for the dogs; get rid of carpets and as many rugs as possible as these all shelter dander; get a good vaccuum with a HEPA filter, vacuum several times a week.

30th September 2007, 11:46 PM
Also see this thread I have in the Library on dogs and owners with allergies:


1st October 2007, 12:05 AM
We are looking at a miniature schnauzer due to it is somewhat hypo allergic; however does anyone know how well it gets along with cavaliers??? And should I get a male or female?

Thanks Dana

1st October 2007, 12:47 AM
We have a mini-schnauzer and a cavalier and they get along just fine. Our schnauzer gets along with any dog. She is 12 years old, and we have introduced her to numerous other dogs in her 12 years ( my 3 children all have 2 dogs of various breeds, and we have had 4 different dogs of our own in her 12 years). Of course, I guess you could always get that rare dog that doesn't like other dogs, but we have had 3 mini-schnauzers and only 1 didn't have a wonderful disposition. Schnauzers are VERY smart and learn quickly, but they are prone to being very active and they bark which does make them a good watch dog. I personally love the breed. Judy and Dixie PS we have always had females, so I don't have any experience with a male.

Barbara Nixon
1st October 2007, 10:09 AM
I think, with any breed a lot depends on the individual. Years ago, I met a lady , at class, who had two mini schnauzer males. One was fine, but the other was very dominant. He didn't like Monty, who's very laid back and the owner had problems with his dominating the other dog, too.

1st October 2007, 10:29 AM
what about a bichon. they are non shed, similiar to a poodle, and small in size. My friend, half of her kids have asthma and this is the only breed that is fine for her family.

1st October 2007, 11:16 AM
Just about any dog will get on with another as long as both are well socialised-- so you'd really be perfectly fine going with any breed or mix. You could get anything from a dog from the pound of a mixed background to a St Bernard to a chihuahua and they would all fit in fine with your existing dog as long as the new dog is well socialised. A couple of people here have schnauzers that live with their cavaliers. But if the schnauzer comes from a so-so breeder, of uncertaiun lines where temperament is not stable, and the breeder doesn;t adequatley socialise her puppies, you runs risks the puppy or adult would NOT get along, whether a schnauzer or any other breed. So the most important thing is picking a very good breeder, whatever the breed. Don;t order online, don;t go to a backyard breeder; go to reputable breeders who health tests and breed for conformation and temperament as well. :thmbsup:

But note ANY allergy doctor will conmfirm that NO dog or cat is hypoallergenic -- there's simply no such thing and it is impossible. All mammals have to shed skin and pass some secretions through their skin -- and in addition, all dogs and cats lick themselves and dogs in particular lick *people* -- and saliva is usually going to make people who are allergic react far more than hair.

Many doctors feel the only reason some dog breeds cause fewer problems is that you will note they are all of breeds that go to the groomers every 4-6 weeks and are small dogs that people tend to like to wash -- and hence are more likely to be washed throughly on a regular basis. Shedding hair should not be much of a factor. When I had a cat allergyu, simply washing my cats every two weeks (yes, they tolerated this! :) ) greatly decreased the level of problems caused by their dander.

If you are thinking of a second dog I would really sit down and discuss this with your husband's allergy doctor. He could get a more severe reaction by introducing a second dog that would place you in the situation of having to get rid of BOTH dogs, which you don;t want -- in general I think unless your husbanc and you are really willing to reshape how you live in your house to thoroughly accommodate keeping it as allergen-free as possible, you run this risk. I'd want to discuss how severe the doctor believes the allergy to be, whether there are other things he is allergic to, whether they believe a second dog would stress his immune system to the point of worsening his basic allergy. :thmbsup:

1st October 2007, 03:47 PM
Thank you all for your responses...I plan to get a puppy so hopefully it will not walk over my current dog. But any thoughts on a male vs female?? I heard females are more bossy; any dog I purchase will be "fixed" at age appropriate.

Thanks Again


1st October 2007, 03:53 PM
I've attached DJ's picture to my profile....it's all about him:dogwlk:

1st October 2007, 04:08 PM
We have a 5 yr old female Cavalier, and then got a male, minature Schnauzer puppy who is now 19 months old. They're best friends. I agree with Karlin, though, most dogs will get along as long as they are well socialized. But, as suggested, I would talk to your husband's allergy Dr. before brining another pet into the house. If you do decide to get another pup, take into account your current dog's temperment and personality when choosing the right sibling. Our Cavalier is shy, so our trainer suggested a male as he wouldn't challenge her for alpha or dominance like a female would. She was right, Gus knows Abbey's in charge. Now that I have a male, I really do think they are easier than females in that he's less moody and very easy going.

1st October 2007, 04:29 PM
My husband and I have always had at least one dog (my dog) the problem my husband has primarily is due to the shedding and dandruff; prior to DJ we had a sheltie (for 15 years) and my husband really didn't have that much trouble. Since I have to have another dog:). My husband did research on some non-shedding/hypo-allergic dogs and we narrowed the list to a miniature schnauzer.:D

Jen, your message was encouraging..so it really doesn't matter...male or female huh??


1st October 2007, 04:47 PM
Jen, your message was encouraging..so it really doesn't matter...male or female huh?? Dana

For us it did matter, we knew we had to get a male so Abbey (our Cav) wouldn't be challenged.