Hypoallergenic Dogs

Allergic reactions through pets are caused as a direct result of the dander produced by the pet skin. Dogs with less hair are therefore considered relatively hypoallergenic.
| Saturday, January 17, 2009
Hypoallergenic dogs are low allergy dogs that can be ideal pets for individuals who suffer from allergies. While it is true that no dogs can be completely non-allergenic, these dogs have relatively less allergy problems.

Many breeds of hypoallergenic dogs shed relatively less amount of hair or dander and some are even hairless dogs. Dogs with hair that continuously grows often tend to give rise to allergy issues. It is not the hair that causes allergic reactions but the dander produced by the dog skin that causes these reactions. So dogs that have less hair or those without hair are hypoallergenic. Less hair and low shedding breeds generate less dander and thereby cause less reaction. But many breeds of hypoallergenic dogs need high degree of maintenance and grooming. Besides the usual list of hypoallergenic dog breeds there are some hybrid dogs that result from cross breeding and these dogs tend to have hypoallergenic qualities. Even though dogs that are mixed with known hypoallergenic dogs can be considered to be low allergy it is often difficult to know for sure if they are low allergy or not. 

The best way to determine for sure if the mixed breed dog is hypoallergenic is by spending time with the dog and finding out your reaction to the dog. You might think a particular dog is hypoallergenic only to realize much later that you might have to give it up because of how your allergies are affected because of the dog. Besides adopting breeds of hypoallergenic dogs it is important that you vacuum the rugs, upholstery and wash the curtains and drapes so that you can minimize the allergens within your house. Hypoallergenic dog breeds are often smaller in mass. When you take the dog home you should allow it to get habituated to the surroundings and give the pet some time to investigate its environment. Coiffure the dog every day so that you can reduce the allergens. Introducing positivity and activity in your hypoallergenic dog’s life is also important for the health of the dog and this will also allow you the control the allergens in your house. Make sure that you walk your dog at least one every day. Use an air purifier, train your pet not to lick your hand and always make it a point to wash your hands after you handle your pet.

Let the dog have its own place to sleep at night and through the day. You can buy an old blanket or a bed where they can feel secure and sleep well. Avoid allowing your dog from climbing into your bed. You can also tint the bed of the pet regularly so that allergens are not transferred to the clothing. Dog grooming is equally important for hypoallergenic dogs. Ensure that you professional groom your dog once in every few months. List of hypoallergenic dog breeds includes such dogs as Basenji, Bichon Frise, Bedlinton Terrier, Coton de Tulear, Chinese Crested, Havanese, Kerry Blue Terrier, Irish Water Spaniel, Maltese, Poodle, Pail (pulik) Schnauzer, Portugese Water Dog, Schnauzer, Shich Tzu, Xoloitzcuintli, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier.
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