I have wanted a maltese every since the first time I seen one in person. I am a severe asthmatic with allergies to almost everything. I was told that maltese do not have dander and that is what causes the allergic reaction. My doctor said there is no such thing as a non-allergic dog. Is this true? I want one so bad. I grew up with a poodle in the house and it bothered me a little bit. My asthma has gotten worse over the years instead of better. I cant be anywhere near a cat or I stop breathing. I hope my doctor is wrong for once.
Hi, This is a decision you have to make all by yourself. I have allergies and still have been able to have dogs all my life. I have been so fortunate to share their love and companionship. Maltese do not shed and are so lovable. Is there a way you can try ( via a friend ) and then decide?
My husband has been diagnosed in the past as Mr. Allergy of Southern California. My son is 14 and has asthma (carries an inhaler wherever he goes). Both son and husband cannot be around dogs with fur. We have had Pixie Bella for over 2 mos. My son loves to groom her and keep her mat free. My husband loves to cuddle her late at night when she is sleepy and she'll lay on his chest (her head is right under his nose!). With all due respect to the doctor who told you there are no hypoallergenic dogs, many people who suffer from allergies are able to enjoy pets such as the poodle, maltese, bichon frise, and some terrier breeds. The only way you are going to know if you are able to be around a maltese, is Be around a maltese. Find a breeder who only has maltese and spend some one on one time with the dog in an isolated area. By isolated I mean, no other dogs with fur have been around. It is difficult to get isolation at a petstore, even though they clean the love rooms you play with them in. My husband closes up when he goes into a petstore and my favorite craft store because of the smells in there. You'll be able to tell within 1/2 hour to 45 minutes whether or not you can tolerate the maltese. I'll be anxious to hear how you do. Let us all know. I hope I've given you some hope and enouragement.
Thank you all for your advise. I dont have any friends with maltese but Jay & Bev Bianco are very close to me. I guess I'll be making a trip. I dont think it will be easy to see the adorable little things and walk away (without one). Hopefully I will be able to have one of my own soon. If I can be around them without getting sick. My next obstacle will be my husband. My two children are as excited about maltese as I am. Why cant things be simple!