shih tzu/pom cross
We just bought this puppy and I know that shih tzus do not shed, and on the other hand, poms shed horribly, she is 1/4 pom, do you think we will have a shedder on our hands or do you think the shih tzu will win out? also is there anything one can do for people who are allergic to the dog other than just staying away from her?
Hope this doesn't sound too weird but I was awake all night with a very whiney puppy in her crate...I did everything that I was supposed to do but it didn't work to keep her quiet. Is it o.k. to put her in the crate in the garage until she stops whining?
It's always difficult to gauge the results of hybrid breedings, or mixed breedings, as genetics are unpredictable a lot of the time.
However, with only 25% pomeranian, chances are good that your pup will be a low shedder, but there aren't any guarantees, it's going to be a bit of a 'wait and see' situation :o)
As for the allergies, it's the dander and saliva rather than the actual hair that tends to cause the most problems and it's very difficult to avoid contact with those allergens in a normal household situation. As your pup is a small breed pup, not 'slobbery' and 75% 'hypoallergenic' then you're already in a fairly good situation. Vacuuming and wet-mopping the floors daily, and using a damp dust-cloth often, are good measures. Allergies of this sort sometimes subside after an initial 'adjustment period' as well.
All puppies whine and cry at night at first, and most families expect a few sleepless nights (or a week or more if the pup is very stubborn!). As long as you've followed all the tips and advice on my Crate Training A Puppy page, and don't reward her with attention etc. then she will settle down soon.
I wouldn't personally recommend putting her out in the garage as that may make her more upset and delay her adjustment. However, having her in the same room as you may also be unsettling. All dogs are different and some are reassured by your closeness and settle down faster, others are upset they can't reach you and get more anxious. You could try putting her in the next room, or in the kitchen or living room to see which effect it has. But give it a night or two before deciding if it has helped, or hindered.
As this is a new pup, you may find my Bringing Home A New Puppy page helpful. Best of luck with her.