Being allergic to fur doesn’t mean you should have to miss out on all the joys of owning a dog. Maybe you’ve always wanted to get a dog for yourself, or you have a loved one in the home that just can’t stop sneezing when they’re around pups.
But the good news is that there’s actually a huge amount of breeds that will bring you untold amounts of joy without making you itchy or sending your household tissue bill through the roof. Still, there are some important things you need to know before choosing the hypoallergenic dog breed for you!
Read on for all you need to know about dogs that are hypoallergenic, and our list of hypoallergenic dogs.
What are hypoallergenic dogs?
First, let’s quickly cover why so many dog breeds cause allergy sufferers problems. All dogs secrete a protein which is found in their saliva, skin, and urine which can cause allergies in humans.
When dogs shed, their hair and skin cells will float throughout the house, getting into the air that you breathe. This, obviously, is when you would begin to suffer itching and respiratory problems.
Dogs that are hypoallergenic still secrete this protein, they just do not shed (or shed very, very little). So, technically they still are allergenic, they just do not cause problems due to their lack of shedding.
How to take care of a hypoallergenic dog
Since we’ve covered that there are no truly hypoallergenic dogs, let’s now go over how to make things as palatable as possible for you or the allergy-sufferer in your family.
Cleanliness is important for both your household and your dog. Ensure that you are dusting and vacuuming frequently, at least once a week and certainly before having over any allergic visitors. While your dog may shed very little, they’ll still lose skin cells around the house.
To help keep your dog’s flaking to a minimum, keep their coat and skin healthy and nourished by bathing them regularly (at least once per week) with a hypoallergenic dog shampoo. These contain aloe or oatmeal, often both, that helps keep flaking at bay.
List of hypoallergenic dog breeds
American Hairless Terrier
Australian Silky Terrier
Bouvier des Flandres
Coton de Tulear
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Irish Water Spaniel
Kerry Blue Terrier
Peruvian Inca Orchid
Polish Lowland Sheepdog
Portuguese Water Dog
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Spanish Water Dog
West Higland White Terrier
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
I hope this will allow you to enjoy a doggy in your home without any of the suffering! Have fun!
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