Hypoallergenic dog breeds are the perfect solution for people with allergies but would still love to own a dog. Of course no dog is completely non allergenic (unless you shave off ALL his hair—poor baldy!), but the risks of triggering your allergies are significantly decreased.
Here are some of hypoallergenic dog breeds you can adopt:
American Hairless Terrier
Irish Water Spaniel
Poodle (Standard, Miniature and Toy)
Portuguese Water Dog
Many times dogs are cross bred so that they retain the qualities of a hypoallergenic dog. For example, the Poodle has many qualities that pet owners are looking for. Not only are they among the smartest dogs around, they are also very low shedders. Golden Retrievers and Labradors are often bred with them to create a new hybrid like the Goldendoodle and the Labradoodle. Of course with these designer hybrid dogs, one can never be sure which traits they get in the offspring so be forewarned.
Even though you decide to adopt a hypoallergenic dog, it doesn’t mean that you should be careless about taking precautions in your home. It is a good idea to vacuum the upholstery in your home regularly. Most dusts and danders are actually found in the air so consider investing in a good air filter to improve your home’s air quality. Don’t let your dogs inside your room so you have a haven that is free from potential allergens just for you.
Contrary to popular opinion, allergies from dogs actually come from dog dander or dry dog skin flakes, and saliva—not dog fur. You can further minimize the chances of you having allergic reaction by making sure you clean your dog regularly. Bathe him with a mild shampoo so you won’t dry out his skin with frequent washings, and brush out his hair to get rid of skin flakes. You may want to wear a type of surgical mask to avoid inhaling these allergens, or have your dog cleaned by professional groomers to be safe.
Of course if you have severe allergies, you should test having a pet first. Some people are super sensitive and having a pet around the house might do them more harm than good. Borrow a hypoallergenic dog from a friend for a week and see how it works out for you.
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