I Am Looking For A Non-Shedding Puppy

Today’s post is about a lady who is possibly looking for a non-shedding puppy.  She sent me her question and a bit more about her home circumstances, which helped me reply more fully.

As this article shows, not everyone who thinks about getting a puppy has the right home/life conditions for it to happen or be easy.  I’m grateful for the question though, as it means this lady really cares.  She is clearly thinking about getting a puppy and what this means, rather than just racing into it and making a mistake.

Here’s the question, and my answer below:

I am looking for a puppy, medium size, not to big not to small, non shedding – I have allergies. I am alone now, and lonely, I see so many people coming home to a loving dog and I think this may help me with the loss of my son and my husban.  I am 62 years old, I work, 5 days a week, some weekends, and some nights.  I’m unsure about leaving a dog alone for long periods of time. I leave my house about 7:30am and return 5:30pm, the nights I work are from 12pm to 10am.  I don’t want the dog to feel lonely either.  I generally don’t go away for any lenght of time but I may in the furture and I’m already concerned about the welfare of the dog if I should get one.  I am just thinking about it at the present time. Thanks for you help. Patti

My answer is here:

Hi Patti,

Your situation does not suit a puppy.  Your working hours are too long for a puppy to be happy at home without you.  Puppies need a lot of care and attention and someone around most of the day.  They need to have many hours put into training, socialisation and more. Even if you had day-long puppy care it is still not a good idea as your puppy needs to bond properly with you and not a day-carer.  Most puppy sitters won’t puppy sit night time shifts, and this is a critical time if any accidents occur because there are far fewer people around to notice than in the day time.

In fact your working hours out of the house are even too long for most adult dogs.  My advice would be to adopt an old dog from a non-working breed and/or a breed which has low energy levels and exercise needs.  Age-wise something 8 years old or older, and probably from the toy or companion breed type.  Terriers might be small but they need a lot more exercise than people think because they are working dogs by breeding and can be a big nuisance if not properly exercised and stimulated.

Funnily enough ex-racing greyhounds can be tolerated by people with mild to moderate dog allergies.  Old greyhounds can be happy at home for longish periods and they don’t need as much exercise as people think.

However even if you try and adopt an adult dog, most rescue organisations would consider your working hours far too long for rehoming. They would question your ability to walk the dog in a routine and for the length of time it should be exercised – plus they would certainly grill you about spending the time with it that it needs.

Thanks for asking the question and I hope the advice has helped.  It might not be what you wanted to hear but not everyone has the right set up for a dog.  However should your working hours reduce then you might well make an excellent home.Cats need much less in the way of ‘full on’ human contact but give a lot of love.  I recently rehomed a 15 year old cat who does almost nothing apart from purr, stretch and eat.  If I could not have a dog, I’d certainly have a cat instead.  Maybe that would be a better option for you all round.  I did not know if you were allergic to cats as well as dogs.  Some people are, some aren’t when it comes to pet allergies.

Thanks again Patti for your question!


I hope this has given you something to think about.  If it has, your free e-course on choosing a dog will help you decide what’s best.


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