Dogs for people who suffer from allergies.

For dog lovers with bad allergies, hypoallergenic dogs may be the answer to your problems. Many dog lovers have gone for years without having their favorite furry friends around, simply because the dander from the dog coat causes them uncontrollable allergy symptoms. Unfortunately many of these potential owners didn’t know about dog breeds that are considered hypoallergenic, either because they shed only small amounts of hair or because their dog dander is not allergy producing.

 

What Causes Dog Allergies

 

It isn’t the dog itself or even the hair of the dog that causes allergies in some humans, but the dander that flakes off of the skin. Often this dander is carried over onto the dog hair that falls onto the floor, couches or beds of a home, but it is still the dander, not the hair that causes the allergies. With this in mind some humans with allergies will mistake their allergies as coming from the hair and will think that a hairless dog or a short-haired dog will produce less allergens than a long-haired dog. This simply is not the case. There are many medium to long-haired breeds that produce little to no dander, while there are some short haired breeds that produce a lot of dander. Remember that all dogs produce dander, it is just that some produce a great deal less than others. 

Tips for Reducing Pet Allergens

 

  1. Get an air purifier that can be used in the main areas of the house. Use the purifier at all times in order to effectively reduce dander.

  2. Find a high suction vaccum that will remove almost all pet dander from the home. Use this on a regular basis.

  3. Limit all dog access to your sleeping areas as well as your sitting areas.

  4. Regularly wash sheets, curtains, pillow covers, table clothes and any other removable upholstery covers.

  5. Brush dog twice a day. Give bath at least once a week to remove excess dander.

A hypoallergenic dog breed list

Afghan Hound              

American Hairless Terrier

Basenji

Bedington Terrier

Bichon Frise

Border Terrier

Chinese Crested Dog

German Shorthaired Pointer

Greyhound

Italian Greyhound

Irish Water Spaniel

King Blue Terrier

Lhasa Apso

Maltese

Mexican Hairless

Peruvian Ina

Poodles (all)

Portuguese Water Dog

Schnauzers (all)

Shih Tzu

Yorkshire Terrier

Wheaten Terrier

 

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