Have you always dreampt of owning a particular dog breed but can’t because you or your loved ones cannot stop sneezing every time your dream pooch is around? Well, having pet allergies doesn’t mean that you should miss out on the joy of owning dogs. And just because your dream dog breed can affect you doesn’t mean that others will.
Allergy sufferers are affected by a specific protein found in a dog’s urine, saliva, and skin. Luckily, there are several dog breeds that produce less allergens than others. These hypoallergenic dogs are perfect for allergy sufferers. However, there are numerous vital things you should know before selecting a pup that is hypoallergenic to you.
5 Things You Need to Know Before Adopting a Hypoallergenic Dog
1. There Are No True Hypoallergenic Dogs
Generally, no dog is considered 100% hypoallergenic, and this includes all the dog breeds classified as such. Even hypoallergenic dogs produce dander, and they can even release some into the environment when they shed. These dogs also produce a particular protein found in their skin, saliva, and urine that affects allergy sufferers. Therefore, hypoallergenic dogs can also cause allergic reactions in some highly sensitive allergy sufferers.
Hypoallergenic dogs have a lower likelihood of causing specific allergies than other breeds. These dogs produce a small number of allergens. And if well-groomed and given a special diet, all hypoallergenic breeds, including poodles and Goldendoodles, won’t affect allergy sufferers.
2. Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds Can Still Be Cute and Fluffy
Loved for their low shedding levels, some people believe that hypoallergenic dogs cannot be as fluffy or furry as other dogs. While some hypoallergenic breeds have short hair, some dogs like doodles, Bichon Frise, Maltese, and Goldendoodles are fluffy. Some of these fluffy hypoallergenic dogs don’t shed. Therefore, even though all dogs are special, including the hairless ones, you don’t have to sacrifice fluffy cuteness to own a hypoallergenic pet.
3. Hypoallergenic Dogs Are Not a New Dog Breed
Most hypoallergenic dogs are purebreds that have been around for decades. Some of these dogs have only been labeled hypoallergenic recently after many allergy sufferers confirmed that these dogs didn’t affect them. Some of the hypoallergenic breeds that have been around for decades include Standard Schnauzer, Miniature Schnauzer, Afghan Hounds, and Poodles. These breeds were not bred deliberately to be hypoallergenic.
However, there are numerous hypoallergenic breeds that were bred specifically to be hypoallergenic. Most of these breeds were created by mixing hypoallergenic breeds with non-hypoallergenic ones. Most of these breeds that have been around for decades, like Poodles, have been used to produce numerous hypoallergenic hybrids like Goldendoodle.
4. Some Dogs Belonging to a Hypoallergenic Breed Can Cause Allergies
Not all members of a certain breed that is considered hypoallergenic have a low probability of causing allergies. For example, some poodles tend to produce more allergens than others, and they can cause allergies. Just as how some human beings perspire more than others, some dogs produce fewer allergens; while others of the same breed produce more. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to spend some time with the dog you plan to adopt before introducing it in your home and finding out if it is hypoallergenic to you.
5. Hypoallergenic Dogs Are Not as Rare as Some People Believe
From Bichon Frise to Portuguese Water Dogs, there are several dog breeds that we considered as hypoallergenic. So you can easily find a hypoallergenic breed that matches your specifications in terms of trainability, behavioral traits, and size. There is no need for spending a small fortune on a hypoallergenic dog breed. There are several dogs that produce less allergens and can be found in most animal shelters.
All dogs produce allergens, and this includes the hairless ones. Therefore, even hypoallergenic pets can affect hypersensitive allergy sufferers. However, proper grooming and a balanced diet can help you reduce the amount of dander and fur produced by a hypoallergenic dog. And if you’re allergic to a dog’s saliva, you can teach your pet never to lick you. Therefore, you shouldn’t let the fact that you are allergic to dogs rob you of the opportunity to own one.
Bio: Cynthia Garcia. Cynthia is the editor and content creator at the Crazy Pet Guy. She’s a passionate pet rescue supporter and in her free time, she’s always looking for ways to help the community.