Do you have allergies to pet dander that are holding you back from bringing home a furry friend? We have the answer! There are a number of hypoallergenic dog breeds that are perfect for allergy-prone people.
How do I know if I’m allergic to dogs?
There are a few signs and symptoms that can lead you to believe that you’re allergic to pups. Some signs will mimic common allergies like itchy eyes, sneezing, and coughing. To know for sure whether or not you’re allergic to dogs, you can get an allergy test done by your primary care physician.
It is important to spend time interacting with dogs before you get your own, so you have a better understanding of what dog breed would be suitable for your family and lifestyle. Do you have the time to vacuum your house often? Are you okay with keeping a lint roller in your car? Do your eyes feel itchy after playing with a puppy?
What are hypoallergenic breeds?
For starters- there is no such thing as a dog breed that is 100% hypoallergenic. Typically when people are allergic to dogs they are allergic to dander that is on dog hair. Breeds that shed less have less dander, but there is still dander on the hair. Hairless dogs are less likely to have skin that adheres to dander, but it is still possible.
Breeds that are considered hypoallergenic
If you believe that dander associated with dog hair is upsetting your allergies, then consider one of the following hypoallergenic dog breeds. Contrary to popular belief, hypoallergenic breeds come in all shapes and sizes!
Poodles: There are a range of sizes for this breed of dog depending on if they’re bred to be teacup or standard sized poodles.
Labradoodles: This breed is a cross between poodles and labradors. This is a medium to large breed dog.
Maltese: A small breed dog.
Yorkshire Terrier: A small breed dog.
Xoloitzcuintle: A medium breed dog.
Irish Water Spaniel: A medium breed dog.
American Hairless Terrier: A medium dog breed.
Chinese Crested: A small breed dog.
Breeds that shed a lot
Shedding pups can increase allergens in your home. There are a few breeds that have an abundance of shedding, and would cause your allergies to spike! Some long haired dogs can be shaved, or have their hair cut down to reduce shedding...With these breeds you get what you get!
Bernese Mountain Dog
What kind of pup do you have in mind? Do you feel like a breed with less shedding would be better suited for your lifestyle or family needs, or are you welcoming all of the hair?