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Question DetailsAsked on 1/18/2012

Can you tell me what kind of dog I should get from the rescue center. I have COPD, so I need a little dog, not a puppy. Help please.

I am retired now, so I have lots of time to spend with my pet. Last dog I had was a terrier mix, and I had him for 17 years. I have a fenced in yard and an acre of land he or she can roam in. I plan to have him or her as a house pet, not an outdoor pet. I don't know if you can help me, but maybe some of your readers might. With COPD a puppy would be too much work and I get out of breath rather easily. I am not on oxygen during the day, but I do sleep with oxygen at night. Other than my lungs being bad I am in rather good shape for an old broad of 70. Thank you and your readers for any help you can give me. I really need the companionship, I miss my Shadow, he's been gone now for about 5 years. I think it's time I get another little friend.

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Hi there! I'm not able to give you a specific breed recommendation but perhaps my thoughts can help narrow some options for you when you are making that very important choce.

My husband and I have two siberian huskies and while we love them to death you DO NOT want any breeds that include the working dog bloodlines. They require lots of excercise alongside their owners to have a full and happy life - even if they have acres and acres to run around on.

Would it make sense to look for allergy friendly breeds? My thought is they would be sure not to aggragate normal function of the lung through dander, etc. If so check out the source article from Pet Place:

Good luck, Im sure this is going to be a very luck dog!


Answered 8 years ago by HMDhome

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