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All the dogs and puppies in the slide show are all from ACC Ranch!

Welcome to a world where, even if you have allergies to dogs, we can help. We only breed non-shed to non-shed dogs. I know there is a lot of talk about all those doodle dogs out there, but I must caution you...If you breed 2 dogs, and 1 dog sheds and the other does not, you cannot be guaranteed non shed offspring..it will totally depend on the genes the offspring picks up. Puppy coats change dramatically over the first year or 2 of life. By the time you realize that your dog sheds, you will be in love with the dog, and then what? Please take the time to go through our site, you will see that all of our dogs and mixes are hypo-allergentic with the exception of the Hunting Lines (German Shorthaired Pointers).

In an article written May 2010 from PawNation about the 'Doodle' Craze: In 1988, service-dog trainer Wally Conron received a letter from a woman in Hawaii who needed a seeing-eye dog that wouldn't shed, because her husband was highly allergic. At that time, no one had ever bred a Labrador retriever with an allergy-friendly standard poodle, at least not on purpose.

So why is Conron so concerned of his own creation? Like many others, he feels that the labradoodle trend started a gold rush for unscrupulous backyard breeders with no knowledge of proper dog breeding. "One of our litters had 10 pups in it and only three were actually allergy-free," says Conron. "Let's face it: they're a crossbreed. You never know what you're going to get."

So, take the time to go thru our site and do the research.

Consider Poodles, Bichons, Havanese, and Terriers because they shed their skin about every 21 days whereas German Shepard, the Retrievers and Irish Setters shed their skin about every three days. Less dander means less contact with the allergy producing allergen. Considerations are dogs that do not shed their hair very often or have very little hair to shed. Less airborne hair means less chance of you coming into contact with the allergen.

The only true pet allergy test is for you to come into contact with the dog. Find a breeder or pet shop owner that will allow you to be with the dog for a day or so. If no allergy symptoms show up then you may have found the type of dog best suited to your allergy problems. Allergies Type 1 can get worst over time so if you have even a slight allergy reaction during your contact with the breed of dog you are considering you will need to look at another breed. Dogs usually live to be over 10 years of age so the decision you make today will affect you for years to come.

I know what you're thinking; I just need to find a hairless dog and that will end my pet allergy! Nope, that won't do it. Although many people think 'hairless' or short-haired dogs cause fewer problems for those with allergies, it is the dander (skin scales) that causes the most significant allergic reactions, not the length or amount of hair on the pet, according to the ACAAI. The fur, however, can present problems to the allergic individual. Dog fur can collect allergens such as pollen, dust, and mold and spread these allergens throughout your home.

Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

A few years ago, the AKC allergy listed some dog breeds which they considered to be the most suitable for allergic people. We are not sure why this list is no longer present, however we still find it to be a useful reference. We are presenting the list below, along with a few other hypoallergenic breeds we uncovered in our research:

Poodle - The Poodle is an elegant, medium to large-sized dog, with a profuse, but well groomed and clipped, wiry curly coat. The Standard Poodle is proud, elegant, dignified and good-natured. These dogs are highly intelligent and one of the most trainable breeds. They are pleasant, happy and sensitive. The Standard Poodle tends to be a bit calmer than the smaller variety of Poodles. They need to be with people and dislike being alone. For the most part they are generally friendly toward strangers, and are excellent with children. The Standard Poodle is good with other dogs. Some Standards are good guard dogs and some can be trained as hunters.

The Bichon is a puffball of a dog with a loose curled coat. It is usually all white, cream, gray, or apricot. The Bichon is a most appealing little white dog that loves human company. It has an independent spirit, is intelligent, affectionate, bold and lively. This charming, gentle dog is not a yapper. It has a self-assured, happy temperament that is easy to live with. These bright little dogs are easy to train and just plain old love everyone. They need people to be happy. They are naturally sociable and are happiest when they are part of a family that takes them everywhere. This sociable trait also means that they are fine in the company of other dogs & pets and are excellent with children. Used as watchdogs and to perform tricks, this breed is competitive and obedient. Bichon Frise do not shed and therefore are often recommended as a breed for families with allergies,

Havanese Smaller dog with dark eyes and long tail, covered with long silky hair. The profuse coat can be wavy or curly. A double-coated breed with soft hair on outer and undercoat. Adult coat reaches 6 to 8 inches, and has a pearly sheen. Havanese are natural companion dogs: gentle and responsive. They become very attached to their human families and are excellent with children. Very affectionate and playful with a high degree of intelligence. These cheerful dogs are very sociable and will get along with everyone including people, dogs, cats and other pets. They are easy to obedience train and get along well with other dogs. This curious dog loves to observe what is going on. It is very sensitive to the tone of your voice. Harsh words will only upset the dog and will achieve very little. They need a firm, confident, consistent owner, but not a harsh one. The Havanese have a long reputation of being circus dogs, probably because it learns quickly and enjoys doing things for people.

Old English Sheepdog

The Old English Sheepdog is a playful, affectionate, fun-loving "clown," who delights in frolicking with his family and neighborhood children. In fact, adolescence in the OES often extends to approximately age three and your adult OES will retain his playful demeanor well into his golden years.

A relatively intelligent breed, the OES is a quick learner, always looking for something interesting and fun to do. OES are capable of performing numerous tasks - herding, agility, obedience trials, and search and rescue. This breed requires significant physical exercise as well as mental exercise. If your pup does not receive enough of either, you may come home to find the mischief he has so enjoyed in your absence. OES do not go through a regular shedding season like a lab, or beagle. They do however shed like humans.

Puli

Compact, vigorous and alert, the Puli is a tough-as-nails herding dog, able to perform its duties across any terrain. The Puli coat is wavy or curly and naturally clumps together into wooly "cords," which protects them from harsh weather. Coat colors include black, gray and white. Today, the Puli is often seen in the show ring, as well as in the herding, obedience, agility, tracking and therapy dog arenas. The Puli will adapt to almost any circumstance be it an apartment or a farm. They are suited to all climates. In the heat of Australia and Florida they do extremely well and, conversely in the extreme cold of areas like Denver in winter they also do likewise. They are fairly active indoors and will do okay without a yard. The Puli breed does not shed its coat.

Schnauzer Very perky and bright-eyed. Loving and intelligent. Energetic, affectionate, and obedient. Playful, happy and alert, they like children. The Schnauzer enjoys time and companionship from its owner. Socialize this breed well with other dogs when it is still a puppy. If properly introduced, and if the dog does not see himself as pack leader, the Miniature Schnauzer will get along with another dog. They make good companions and family pets. They make good guard dogs and mouse catchers. They are excellent watchdogs and are great to travel with. Some can be reserved with strangers, but most love everyone. Socialize well. The Miniature Schnauzer is a good dog for apartment life. It is fairly active indoors and will do okay without a yard. This breed sheds little to no hair and is a good dog for allergy sufferers.

Shih-Tzu The Shih-Tzu is an alert and spunky little dog. Happy and hardy, endowed with loads of character. The gentle loyal Shih-Tzu makes friends easily and responds well to consistent patient training. They make a very alert watch dog. Courageous and clever. Playful and lively, this affectionate little dog likes to be with people and are generally good with other pets. This breed sheds little to no hair and are good for allergy suffers if their coats are kept very well groomed. (Due the fact that they shed little skin dander.)

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier A medium-sized, squarely proportioned dog that is strong and gracefully. The head is rectangular, rather long, with a short, strong muzzle. Its jaws are able to seize and grip prey well, and it has large teeth. The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is an alert and happy animal - graceful, strong and well-coordinated. A playful and friendly terrier. They make great watch dogs and bark at the arrival of guests. They are usually very loving with children and get along reasonably well with other dogs (provided they are socialized when they are young). They have a puppy attitude that remains with it throughout its life. Sweet-tempered, easy-going and self-confident. This breed needs to be taught when it's young what is and is not acceptable behavior. It is very intelligent, so it will generally grasp quickly what is required of them. They have a straightforward nature and need to be handled in a straightforward manner. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers bond extremely closely with their family. They seldom bark unnecessarily.

Tibetan Terrier Sweet, gentle and loving, the Tibetan Terrier is lively, mild, and fun. This is a brave, intelligent, medium-sized dog and is a particularly good watch dog. The Tibetan Terrier has great agility as well as endurance. This is an ancient breed that has contributed to the development of all other Tibetan breeds, from the Shih-Tzu to the Lhasa Apso, including the Tibetan Spaniel. Originally bred by Tibetan monks, it was considered to be "lucky" and dogs were often given as gifts, but never sold.

Yorksire Terrier The Yorkshire Terrier seems oblivious of its small size. It is ever eager for adventure. This little dog is highly energetic, brave, loyal and clever. With owners who take the time to understand how to treat a small dog, the Yorkie is a wonderful companion! The Yorkie is an excellent watchdog. When owners display pack leadership to the Yorkshire Terrier, they are very sweet and loving and can be trusted with children. The problems only arise when owners, because of the dogs cute little size, allow them to take over the house. The human will not even realize it, however know, if you have any of the negative behaviors listed above, it's time to look into your pack leader skills. These are truly sweet little dogs who need owners who understand how to give them gentle leadership. If you own a Yorkie who does not display any of the negative behaviors, high five for being a good pack leader!

How about Mixed Breeds?

If you have a mixed breed from two of the dogs on the list above, say a Tibetan Terrier/Poodle, you will have a dog less likely to stir up your allergy and you may be ok with this dog. But what about a dog that is a combination of one dog on the list and one not on the list like a Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever and a Poodle)? Will this dog be allergy-free? The answer is probably not, again, you can't take a shedding dog and breed it to a non shedding dog and be guaranteed a non-shedding dog. It's always best to see your doctor and to spend time with the dog to see how you feel.

Some of the Allergy Free Puppies and Mixed breeds you can find at ACC Ranch:

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Technical stuff:

Process for getting on the list for these puppies is as follows: A $450 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve the puppy or to be put on a wait list.

Learn more about the Wait Lists

When the puppies are 5 weeks old we do temperament testing then review the results with you to make sure you are getting the right puppy..if you are local you are more than welcome (in fact, we encourage it) to come pick out your puppy. You will be picking out your puppy in the order that deposits are received. Once you have selected your puppy, a total of 50% down is due, the balance plus shipping (Shipping generally runs around $425.00 including everything...Crate, Health Cert, Airfare, etc) is due at least 10 days before your puppy is to be shipped.

WE WILL ACCEPT PERSONAL CHECKS and Money Orders, however, both will require a 10 day hold. Only a US Postal Service Money Order will not require a 10 day hold. We also accept PayPal (add the 4% PayPal Fee to cover the PayPal costs). Please email or call for information, as we won't let someone put down a deposit that we have never talked to. PLEASE make certain your check or money order arrives a minimum of 10 days before shipping date. If picking up your puppy in person, PLEASE BRING CASH FOR FINAL BALANCE.

We do allow people to visit with their puppy after it is 6 weeks old if you live within driving distance. We do NOT allow puppies to go home before they are 8 weeks old.

NOTE: Please print two copies of our Contract , sign them and mail them with your deposit. All deposits are NON-refundable, but can be transferred to a future puppy.

***NOTE: The availability of shipping via the airlines is dependent on weather conditions, so please make allowance for delays in shipping during winter weather IF your puppy couldn't fly due to airline's canceling flights from weather or whatever and you become downright disrespectful/nasty... we will ADD our gas fee of $50.00 to your bill before we go back to the airport for a reshipment. The night before shipping we prepare the kennel, your puppy packet, bathing your puppy and making sure all is alright, then often having to get up in the middle of the night and head to the airport spending a minimum of 5 hours on the road. You can imagine our disappointment when we return home with your puppy. This does not always happen but can happen due to sudden weather changes, airplane malfunctions and so forth.

Let us know if you have any other questions, thank you for visiting our site.

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