Originally Posted by thekunk07
thank you for all the advice guys. we're (we being me and my son) thinking a small to small-med dog, some poodle combo (lab. golden, cocker) since they seem to be most hypoallergenic. the wife's biggest trepidation is what to do upon her mythical return to work (it's been 8 years) and the expense if there is any grave illness involved. no cats, as we are both highly allergic.
Medium-sized, easy maintenance, swift, smart (very smart) and seriously cool - the Basenji.
Also supposed to be easy on the allergies. Barkless, but can make a variety of unusual sounds. Will bond with family, but may be aloof with strangers. Will run any small animal done on sight (these dogs are still used to hunt in Africa), so fenced yard and a lead are necessary.
Needs a non-idiotic owner.
Medium-sized, wily, full of vim and vigor, and character for days - this breed is at ease in the field, the barn or the pub. The Irish Terrier.
Coat needs a little maintenance, but this dog will keep your son occupied for hours and be a true companion.
Needs a mostly non-idiotic owner.
known as "the child's nanny" this breed is a large dog in a small package. Can take serious rough play from kids - whereas the Basenji may not - as well as acting as a reasonable deterrent to those who mean your kids harm. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
Wash and wear. You'll have to deal with breed prejudice from the public, though. And it may be banned in your town.
Needs a non-idiotic owner, but the breed is forgiving.
All breeds have health issues, so you need to research breeders and lines. Put $30/month away for the life if the dog in case you run into major issues. You'll be covered if problems arise when the dog is older.