Do you love dogs, but hate getting all sneezy and itchy every time you go near one?
Would you love your own dog, but think it would just be impossible to own one because of your allergies?
The good news is, there are absolutely plenty of hypoallergenic dog breeds for you to discover- breeds that are suitable for all lifestyles and will make it possible for you to be perfect poochy parent that you have always hoped to be.
For a sneeze free future, Here are 10 great hypoallergenic dog breeds that you should definitely consider
This cheerful and playful little dog was was once a favorite of European nobility.Bichon Frises make a great addition to any household. A minimal shedder if groomed regularly, guaranteed to keep allergen levels to a minimum.
Poodles are one of the most intelligent and playful dog breeds and are well known non-shedders. They come in three sizes which should suit most lifestyles. Poodle combinations form the basis of most hypoallergenic designer x-breeds which has an ‘oodle’ in the name. Highly recommend for allergy sufferers everywhere.
Bedlington Terriers are not the most obvious breed for new dog owners to consider, but there is a lot to recommend them. Lamb-like in their appearance, Bedlingtons are a mild and laid back breed, but courageous when alerted. This non shedding pooch is ideal for the allergy sufferer who wants something just a little bit different.
These pint-sized pooches are full of energy, they just love to play and be around people. Maltese make fantastic house or apartment pets as they rarely weigh in at more than 7Lbs in weight and being non shedding are completely suitable for allergy sufferers as well.
Named for their luxurious mustaches, Schnauzers like Poodles come in come in 3 different sizes: the miniature, standard and giant Schnauzers respectively. Each one is a non shedding allergy sufferer’s dream dog! So no matter what size pooch you are looking for, there will always be a Shnauzer that fits right into your lifestyle.
This ever friendly and lively little charmer has no difficulty making new friends, even sneezy ones! They shed little hair and produce minimal dander making them an ideal choice for any allergy sufferer.
Largest of the Spaniel breeds, these intelligent and spirited dogs shed little if any hair and have lower dander levels than most other breeds. They make fantastic pets for active owners – especially if there’s water involved!
>>Irish Water Spaniel<<
As far as hypoallergenic breeds go. Low maintenance and non shedding, what’s not to like about these athletic dogs?
>>Portuguese Water Dog<<
One for the groom-
>> Italian Greyhound<<
I dont know about you, but it seems that more and more people suffer from allergies these days than ever before. Whether this is because of environmental changes or just that we are more of aware of such things now, I really couldn’t say.
One thing I do know however is that approximately 10% of the population suffer from allergic reactions when they come into contact with animal fur. This is a massive shame for anyone of who loves cats or dogs and are desperate to have their own and, I’m sorry to say but having a pet lizard instead just isn’t going to cut it.
Why are some dog breeds hypoallergenic? Why do some breeds trigger allergic reactions and not others?
- It is a popular misconception that allergic reactions to dogs and cats are caused by fur. The more furry the animal it is supposed, the more intense those allergic reactions are likely to be.
- Length or sheer amount of fur on its own is not a causal factor of an allergy and getting a ‘hairless dog’ breed such as a Chinese Crested will not necessarily end your allergy problems.
What pet fur does do however is act like a kind of magnet, attracting and concentrating allergens which are already present in the environment or created by the dog itself. These allergens are likely include pollen,mold spores, dust or chemicals.
Dogs also produce their own allergens. Organic matter such as proteins that originate on the dog’s skin, saliva and also urine. One particular allergen that dogs produce is dander.
Dander, like human dandruff is comprised of small skin flakes that get stuck in the dog’s fur or float around the house as airborne motes and specks.
All this fur, dander and other minute particles of matter floating around in the air can quickly contaminate everything in the house, even areas that are pet free!
You have just seen 10 great hypoallergenic dog breeds – but what exactly does that mean?
- Specifically speaking, something which is described as hypoallergenic is much less likely to cause an allergic reaction than something else which is a similar thing.
- It is important to understand that everyone has their own unique sensitivity thresholds and a dog breed which is hypoallergenic for one person, might actually be a sneeze generator for another.
- The reason these dog breeds are referred to as hypoallergenic, is because they are more likely to be suitable for most allergy sufferers than say a breed which is not.
What Makes Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds So Special?
Hypoallergenic dog breeds are not magic breeds. All dogs shed hair and dander to some extent. The reason that some breeds are more suitable for allergy sufferers than others is simply because they either shed less fur and/or produce less dander than other breeds.
Take the Poodle for example, everyone’s ‘go to’ hypoallergenic dog breed. The reason Poodles are so good for allergy sufferers in general, is because they shed their skin every 20 days on average and are minimal shedders. In contrast, a breed such as the German Shepherd will shed their skin every four days or so and moult heavily. It stands to reason then that people are much more likely to suffer an allergic reaction to German Sheperds, simply due to the much greater quantities of allergens that they are likely to produce over say the Poodle.
Top Tip: To ensure your new puppy is compatible with your own allergic sensitivities, why not get in touch with a registered breeder for the breed of dog you are interested and arrange a ‘contact’ visit. You would then be able to interact with the dogs and gauge how tolerant you are to the breed before its too late.
What Else Can You Do To Make Life More Bearable As An Allergy Sufferer?
There are a number lifestyle changes that people sensitive to allergies might make to help mitigate the effects of allergens in the environment (as well as choosing a hypoallergenic dog breed of course), these include:
- Keeping your home well ventilated to help reduce condensation and the growth of harmful mold
- Regular vacumn cleaning of your home to keep dander and dust to a minimum.
- Brushing or grooming your dog outside will ensure that dander and loose fur doesn’t come into the home.
- Keeping some parts of your home like your bedroom or the upstairs parts pet free.
- Try to minimise the use of household chemicals you use – if possible use more natural products. Household cleaning products, air sprays and the like can interact with each other to produce ‘toxic-combinations that can irritate the skin and affect allergies
- Likewise, artificial additives in processed foods such as colorings and flavorings are known to cause allergic reactions in some people. Try to eat more natural or organic foods if possible.
Any Questions ?
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