Are you allergic to dogs but still want to own a dog? There are many Americans saddened to be unable to own a pet because of their allergies. The good news is, there are some breeds of dogs that are hypoallergenic.
It is important to note that no dog is truly 100% hypoallergenic, but there are breeds that are less prone to cause allergic symptoms or the release of histamines from the body.
The type of dog someone allergic to dogs should own is one that has a non-shedding coat or a coat that sheds much less than typical dogs.
The main cause for pet and dog allergies is related to dander. Dander comes from the skink flakes of the animal as well as its saliva.
People are not actually allergic to the pet hair itself but rather the dander within the pet hair. A dog will wash itself with its tongue and saliva. The saliva and dander is then in the hair when it sheds and enters the air in your home.
Here are the breeds of dogs that are a good choice for someone who suffers from dander allergies:
- Bedlington Terrier
- Bichon Frise
- Chinese Crested
- Coton De Tulear
- Irish Water Spaniel
- Kerry Blue Terrier
- Afghan Hound
You will notice some of the more common and popular breeds of dogs are not on the list. You will not want to own a golden retriever or a Labrador if you suffer from allergies related to pet dander.
If you do purchase one of these breeds of dogs, we recommend someone in your home is not allergic bathe and brush the dog on a regular basis. This can be done outside where the dander and hair will shed and disperse into the environment and not into the air in your home. This should help reduce the amount of dander you are subjected to in your home on a daily basis.
We hope this post encourages you to own a dog if you always have wanted to but felt you never could because of your allergies. If you own a hypoallergenic dog and care for it properly it will bring delight to your life and your home.