Choosing A Hypoallergenic Dog

People who suffer from dog allergies tend to have a very tough time being around dogs in general making it miserable for them to have a pet dog.  Their allergies flair up and bring about terrible sneezing, stuffy noses, skin rashes and watery/itchy eyes that they develop while in the proximity of dogs.   Luckily, there are special types of dog which are considered hypoallergenic dogs that can allow someone with dog allergies to still have a canine pet.

Generally dog allergy symptoms develop because of allergen particles which are given off in the air from dog skin and hair.  The allergens mostly come from things the dog hair has come into contact with such as dust and pollen, which trigger allergies.  People who have dog allergies have immune systems which tend to be weaker when they are in contact with the various allergens, triggering the various symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing and skin rashes or hives.  To further illustrate why dogs can cause allergies for some people, dogs which have more hair tend to pick up more of the allergen particles.  Therefore someone who suffers from dog allergies would want to avoid dogs like the German Shepherd, Irish Setter or Afghan Hound.

The alternative to having no dog whatsoever is to choose a dog which will cause less or minimal allergies.  Hypoallergenic dogs are dogs that create less allergens in the air due to their physical size and fur lengths.  Some of these dogs have very minimal shedding of their hair which helps to reduce the chance for any allergen particles being sent into the air.  It’s important to note that no dog is considered truly hypoallergenic, because all dogs give off some degree of allergens, and dog allergies can be different from person to person. 

There’s several potential pets that a person with dog allergies can consider.  Breeds of dog such as the Pomeranian, Irish Terrier, Samoyed, Portuguese Water Dog and Miniature Schnauzers are considered great pets for those with dog allergies due to minimal shedding or dander.  The Incha Orchid, Chinese Crested, American Hairless Terrier or the Mexican Hairless are also great choices as these dogs are almost all hairless.  Also consider the environment or living arrangement when choosing the dog.  Dogs such as Irish Terriers and Poodles tend to do better with families while Portuguese Water Dogs and Chihuahuas are better with one person.

When selecting a prospective pet dog, one of the best pieces of advice for the prospective dog owner who has dog allergies is for that person to spend at least 30 minutes around the potential pet dog.  This can help the individual gauge whether or not that dog will be right for them, or cause them to suffer from dog allergies.  If the dog being considered lives at a breeder far away, sending a piece of clothing is an alternate way to test things.  Once the clothing item has been placed near the dog for a day or so it can be sent back for the individual to test by wearing or smelling to see if it causes any allergy problems.

People who enjoy the companionship of having a pet dog yet have allergy complications don’t have to be pet-less.  A hypoallergenic dog can provide the perfect solution to allow a dog allergy sufferer to have a pet dog while cutting down on the coughing, sneezing and irritations that come with allergies.

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