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Dander Allergies

Discussion in 'Doberman Talk and Discussions' started by brad, Mar 10, 2012.

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    Hello,

    I am looking for a bit of advice I suppose. I would like to get a doberman a european breed. I have an allergy to dander it seems from being around labs/rotties. However I have a weiner dog at work that licks me from head to toe and rolls all over me and does not bother me. I am just wondering where the doberman falls? Do they shed alot, is there lots of dander. I am just trying to do some research prior to purchasing one!


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    JanS DCF Owner Staff Member Administrative Staff

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    Hi Brad and welcome! Doberman's don't shed nearly as much as labs and Rotts, but they do shed a couple times a year, like almost all breeds. Being that their hair is so short the cleanup is minimal, and I'm also an allergy sufferer but the Dobe's don't bother me in the slightest. I think a good diet also helps keep the dander at a minimum.
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    Welcome from Colorado. In dry climates the Doberman can have quite a bit of dander. This can be controlled with a good diet and supplementing with fish oil. The shedding can be controlled with weekly brushing outside with a rubber curry comb. Do you know anyone with a Doberman? Some exposure to them would be the best way to determine if they're the right breed for you.
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    Thanks so much for the reply. I am just sitting on the fence at the moment waiting to arrange a get together with a doberman before I look to a breeder!
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    Good plan so you know ahead of time if it will work for you. Let us know what you find out!
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    I agree with Jan, we have not had any allergy problems in our family with this breed and we all have allergies. When we had our boxer I would have to wash thoroughly after playing with him or I would break out with itchy skin and eyes. None of us have had any issues with either of our dobermans. Shedding is minimal and I agree proper diet and supplements help with there coats. Good luck with your search and I would definitely get some exposure to test yourself since everyone's allergies are different.
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