My roommate has a husky named nikita and she lives with us and another family part time. (back when my roommate was in college his mother passed away so he needed another family to help care for her while he was in school, and now since they love her so much we share her like a child in a divorced family Anyway Nikita is 12 years old and although she is in great health I know she is a senior and wont be with us forever. Now here is the hard part, my ds is highly allergic to dogs, but loves them and every boy needs a dog in my opinion. His asthma can be managed and the dog would have a heated deluxe doggie house outside to live in and a big 3/4 acre fenced in yard in which to play. I would like a farm/working dog and do not need a pure breed just a pup that will be friendly to children and chooks. I am starting my research now, and have been looking at heelers and Anatolian Shepherd Dog but am not sure. It will take me at least 6 months to a year to make a decision but I wanted to ask opinions. I had been thinking about laberdoodles but am afraid that the lad part would make them want to eat the chooks not protect them. I also don't want too large a dog maybe medium size since I am 5 feet tall and would be the caregiver. I would even consider rescuing an older dog or shelter dog but around me all there are in the shelters are pit bulls so that wont work. Are there any flock dogs that don't shed as much? not that it is a huge issue but it would be nice.