If you long for your own cuddly dog to have and to hold but your allergy conditions say otherwise, dont despair! Depending on the type of dog allergy you have, you may be able to experience less symptoms with a hypoallergenic dog.
What is a hypoallergenic dog? According to American Kennel Club, no dog is completely allergy-free. However, there are quite a few hypoallergenic dog breeds that are less likely to cause reactions with allergy sufferers.
For some people, getting close to a dog can feel like cuddling with a dirty dust mop or moldy bathtub drain. Some people who are allergic to dogs experience symptoms about the same as with any other nasal allergy, while others experience skin reactions such hives or a rash where a dog licked them. For people who suffer that severe allergies to dogs, a hypoallergenic dog wont be the solution.
Hypoallergenic dogs are only less likely to cause an allergic reaction in people than other dog breeds. What makes a dog hypoallergenic? While you may hear many people say its the difference between the dog having hair versus fur, thats actually not true. What makes a dog hypoallergenic is whether or not they have a non-shedding coat, according to Ask A Naturalist.
Allergy sufferers are less susceptible to hypoallergenic dogs because the dogs hair/fur mostly stays on their bodies until they are groomed instead of covering couches, beds, and clothes. Thats why I bought my little Yorkshire terrier, and I lovethat I dont see dog hair/fur everywhere. I suffer from a pollen allergy, so when I do experience some allergies around my dog I like to use home remedies to cure them.
If you want to minimize your allergy symptoms or how frequently you need to vacuum, consider getting a non-shedding, hypoallergenic dog breed. You can find the small, medium, and big dogs that dont shed from our list of the best hypoallergenic dogs below at an animal shelter or local breeder near you on Dog the Love.
Small Hypoallergenic Dogs
Xoloitzcuintli: Toy, Miniature, And Standard
Coton De Tulear
Medium-Sized Hypoallergenic Dogs
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
Portuguese Water Dog
Petit Basset Griffon Venden
Kerry Blue Terrier
Large Hypoallergenic Dogs
Bouvier Des Flandres
Irish Water Spaniel
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon