Did you catch the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving Day? Did it make you want to get a puppy? Are you hesitant because someone in your household is allergic to dogs?
Just because you or someone in your family has allergies or asthma, doesn’t mean you can’t have a dog. And they don’t have to hairless either! There are several breeds of dogs that are hypoallergenic – some have hair and some don’t.
One phrase that you may have heard during the dog show is “hypoallergenic” breeds.
A hypoallergenic dog breed or crossbreed is one that has less of an affect on allergy sufferers than other breeds. There are some that will argue that there really aren’t any hypoallergenic breeds – and they may be correct. What some people are allergic to is the dander. Dander is dried saliva that is on their coats. Dogs that don’t shed have lesser of a chance of getting dander into the air.
Obviously smaller dogs have less hair, thus less dander. Also take into consideration that if you take your dog outside, they’ll probably bring in outdoor allergens.
Keep in mind that getting a pure-bred dog will be more expensive than just going to the shelter to adopt. You must also factor in the size, temperament, level of energy, your lifestyle, whether you live in a house with a backyard or an apartment. You can research the breeds here.
Here’s a list of hypoallergenic dogs from the American Kennel Club:
- Bedlington Terrier
- Bichon Frise
- Chinese Crested
- Irish Water Spaniel
- Kerry Blue Terrier
- Poodles (Toy, Miniature or Standard)
- Portuguese Water Dog
- Schnauzer (Miniature, Standard or Giant)
- Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
- Xoloitzcuintli – Mexican Hairless Dog
You should prepare your home to keep allergies at bay before bringing home the new addition.
Remove carpeting, heavy draperies, upholstered furniture and other places that could trap dander. Have your home’s air quality inspected and then professionally cleaned to remove the scents of previous pets, allergens and other indoor air pollutants.
Once the dog is home, wash their beds regularly. Groom your dog often especially after being outside. Don’t let the dog sleep in the bed of the allergy sufferer.