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Hypoallergenic Dogs

Updated on September 10, 2014

Getting An Hypoallergenic Dog For Your Family

If you suffer from allergies, you are not alone and you may want to consider looking at Hypoallergenic Dogs.

Even though most people suffer from some type of allergy, whether it is food, plant, or pet, they can usually find a way to enjoy their lives, which in many cases, includes having a few pets.

Depending on the severity of your allergies, you will be able to bring a dog into your home as long as you take the time to find the breed that is right for you.

Hypoallergenic Dogs are specific breeds that shed less hair and dander than other dogs, and produce fewer allergens in their saliva and urine.

You should keep in mind that all breeds carry a certain amount of allergens, but hypoallergenic dogs carry less. Allergens can become stuck in carpets, on walls, and in bedding and clothing.

This is why people have allergic reactions to their pets. In order to have pets, these allergens must be removed through frequent house cleaning, designating certain spots in the house for your pets to sleep, and by finding pets that have shorter hair and do not shed their skin cells as often.

Tips on Buying a Hypoallergenic Dog

When looking for a Hypoallergenic Dog, you should research breeds that have short hair, shed their skin cells (dander) every few weeks rather then every few days, and do not product as much saliva. Since allergies can occur at different times during your life, you should spend some time with the breed of dog you are thinking of adopting. Visiting a dog breeder or a friend who has a dog will give you a better idea of which dog to adopt.

You should also consider your current living conditions. If you live in a small house or apartment, you may experience more allergy attacks because the dander and hair is confined to a small space. Adopting a small hypoallergenic dog is the best way to remedy this problem. If you live in a larger home, you should be able to purchase a larger dog. Letting the dog outside to run in the yard or by taking it for frequent walks will also help because your dog will be able to shed outside instead of inside on your carpeting and bedding.

Once you bring your new dog home, you should give it a few weeks for your body to adjust. Your allergies may become worse before they get better, but after a month, you should see a difference. A hypoallergenic dog does not need any special care unless the breeder has specific health advice about the breed you are buying.

Taking care of your home by cleaning often and invest in a quality vacuum that will thoroughly clean your carpeting. If possible, you should replace your carpeting with hardwood flooring. This will keep allergens from piling up and causing an allergy attack. Wipe down the walls once a week and try to keep your new pet off your bed. These precautions will help reduce allergy attacks and help you have a fun, loving relationship with your dog for many years to come.

List of Top Three Hypoallergenic Dogs

While the Labrador retriever still remains the most popular dog that people want to own, for those with allergies, labs are not the best breed to choose. There are many Hypoallergenic Dogs that would be more suitable for those suffering with allergies. These breeds include: Chinese Crested, Kerry Blue Terrier, and the Schnauzer. These dogs are not only beautiful; they also have short hair without an undercoating or longer hair that does not shed as much as other breeds. These dogs are purebred and can be found by contacting a breeder online or by telephone.

The Chinese Crested is available in two varieties, the hairless, or the powder puff. Both types are considered hypoallergenic and are desired by those who have allergic reactions to dog hair and dander. The hairless, which is more common than the powder puff, has hair on its paws, head, and tail. Hair may also grow on its chin. The hair is soft and does not shed as often as other breeds. The hairless Chinese crested is prone to sunburn and acne, however. You should learn how to take care of this type of dog before buying one. Other than skin issues, these dogs are very friendly and enjoy being with their owners.

Powder puff Chinese Crested has a full coat of long, soft hair that does not shed as often. People have fewer allergy issues with this breed because the hair is long and does not float through the air long enough for people to be affected. Both the hairless and the powder puff varieties are suitable companions for those with dog allergies.

The Kerry Blue Terrier is a larger hypoallergenic dog that has a flat head, predominant chest, and a coat that is similar to that of the Poodle or Maltese. The dog gets its name from that fact that its coat will take on a blue sheen once it is an adult. Originally used for hunting, the Kerry Blue Terrier is now considered a working dog and requires constant companionship.

In order to maintain this breed's coat, you will have to have the dog groomed every two months and brush the coat once a week to prevent clumping. Since the dog does not shed, this is one of the better hypoallergenic dogs to choose. Also, this breed does not have an undercoat, which will also reduce allergic reactions. You should not let the dog outside in cold weather, however, since the lack of undercoat will cause the dog harm in colder temperatures.

The Schnauzer is a hypoallergenic dog breed with short hair that does not shed. If you purchase on of these breeds, you will have to keep up regular grooming appointments. The Schnauzer comes in three different varieties: the Miniature Schnauzer, the Standard Schnauzer, and the Giant Schnauzer. Even though they vary in size, the schnauzer can be recognized by its boxy face, short hair, and square build. This breed is common in households because it does not shed and because of its easy going temperament.

List of Hypoallergenic Dogs

While a hypoallergenic dog will not solve all of your allergy issues, you may notice that certain breeds of dog will not cause you as many problems as other breeds. Below is a list of hypoallergenic dogs that you can use when deciding which breed to buy.

Terriers - These dogs have short coats and are considered to be single-coated breeds, meaning that they do not have an undercoat. Undercoats are found on animals that have thick fur. The undercoat contains loose fur and dander, which can cause allergy attacks in both humans and other animals.

Originally used for hunting because they are small, fast, and enjoy finding their prey, terriers are now considered pets. They do not grow very large and do not spread allergens around the house like other dog breeds. Terriers should be groomed every few months to prevent allergens from building up on their coat.

Greyhounds - There are many varieties of greyhounds that you can buy. While greyhounds are considered fast, they do not like to run long distances and enjoy sitting with their owner's for long periods of time. Since greyhounds have short hair and no undercoat, they are a good choice for those with allergies.

Some greyhounds have allergies of their own, however. You will have to monitor the dog once you bring it home to see if it is allergic to anything. Great with children, this dog is a good pet for those who have allergies and who also have a family.

Poodles - These curly haired dogs do not have an undercoat, and do not shed. Perfect for those with allergies, the poodle is a friendly dog that enjoys the company of people. While some breeds of poodle are not that friendly to children, other breeds are.

While the poodle is a good pet for those with allergies, it will have health problems as it ages. Arthritis, loss of eyesight, and other issues may occur. These are common with smaller purebred dogs.

Bichon Frise - Even though this breed of hypoallergenic dog has an undercoat, it is very springy and will not hold much dander and hair. These dogs are small and are usually very happy. They will need to be groomed in order to maintain their signature 'marshmallow' look.

These dogs will also have health problems as they age.

If you are considering buying a hypoallergenic dog, you should find a breed that you will enjoy spending time with. Smaller breeds are not for everyone. If you are looking for a dog that you can take on trips, take for long walks, or you just want a larger dog, you may need to take allergy medication or allergy shots.

While these dogs are called hypoallergenic, this does not mean that you won't have allergy issues. If you have very bad allergies, then all animals will cause you to have an allergy attack every once in a while. Depending on the how bad your allergies are will determine the type of dog you should buy.

Why Hypoallergenic Dogs Need Love

All dogs need love in order to lead happy, healthy lives. Since most breeds of hypoallergenic dogs are smaller, they will need even more love. There are several ways that you can show your dog that you love them. Spending time together, exercising, giving them healthy, nutritious food, and treating the dog with respect are all ways to show your love. In return, you will have a loyal companion that will respect and protect you, your family, and your home.

Most small breeds need to be around people in order to feel safe. Hypoallergenic breeds enjoy sitting on the couch together, curling up by their owner’s feet, and following you around the house when you are home. Spending time with your dog by playing fetch, sitting on the floor, and talking to your dog are all activities that your dog wants to do with you.

Since some breeds can get into trouble when they are left alone all day, you should keep your dog in one room of your home or you should crate train your dog. Dogs that are left alone may get angry or become anxious and nervous. As a result, they will chew on furniture, walls, clothing, or they will break items and rummage through the trash. Keeping your dog in a small room will help them stay calm.

Walking your dog once or twice a day and letting it outside to play is another way to show the dog love. Exercise is a great way to bond with your dog. Not only will the dog be able to spend time with you, you and the dog will benefit from the exercise. Even if you do not have time to walk the dog everyday, you should still let the dog run around your back yard so it gets the exercise it needs.

Making sure your dog has enough food during the day is the third way that you can show your dog love. There are dog foods for different breeds and stages of life. You should research which dog food is the best by asking the vet, reading about what your dog needs, and by reading the labels on the food. As dogs age, they will need different nutrients to keep their teeth and coat healthy. It is best not to switch dog food brands often because you may upset the dog’s stomach. If you want to introduce a new dog food, do it slowly until the dog gets used to it.

Respecting your hypoallergenic dog’s space will result in the more respect from your dog. Make sure your dog has a clean bed or blanket and they receive enough attention during the day. If your dog is sleeping, then you should not disturb it. This will only make the dog angry. Taking care of a dog also means respecting the dog’s boundaries. Some small breeds will become angry when their space in invaded during times when they do not want to be disturbed. As your dogs grows, you will learn when to socialize with the dog and when leave it alone.

What Humans Can Do to Help Hypoallergenic Dogs

Human beings are not the only species that can suffer from allergies. Dogs can also have allergic reactions to objects in the home, chemicals and pollutants in the air, dog food, and their own hair and dander. Finding the source of these allergies can be difficult especially if the dog is allergic to a few things. If you have a dog that suffers from allergies, you may notice that they sneeze when around harmful chemicals, vomit after eating, have skin rashes, patches of fur missing, runny nose and eyes, or they may show signs of fatigue or restlessness.

Noticing these signs is the first step to helping your dog lead a normal, healthy life. You should monitor your dog for a month to see how it reacts to its environment, its food, and its own hair and dander. Since dogs need to keep themselves clean, they may be swallowing allergens that can cause an allergic reaction. The best way to combat a hair and dander allergy is to bathe your dog once a month and brushing the dog once a day.

If your dog has a thick undercoating, it will trap allergens and dander and keep it from falling off the body. After a while the dander will build up and fall off or be swallowed. If you have allergies, this could be one of the causes. Brushing the undercoating every day will help remove excess hair before it is swallowed or falls on the floor or carpeting. This will reduce your allergy problems as well.

Sometimes chemicals in dog food can lead to food allergies. If your dog vomits at least once a day, then they may be allergic to the food they are eating. Hypoallergenic dog food is available. The food contains fewer chemicals while providing your dog with enough nutrition. Try this dog food to see if it will reduce the vomiting. Wet dog food may also help your dog digest their foods easily. If the vomiting does not stop, you should visit the vet to see if your dog has other health problems.

Dogs that are allergic to cleaning supplies, mold, and shampoo may be more difficult to treat. You can switch to natural cleaning supplies that do not contain bleach and other harmful chemicals. This may help your dog breathe a little better. You can also have your home tested for mold, which could be causing your own allergies, and you can switch dog shampoos and try one for hypoallergenic dogs. You should not wash your dog more than twice a month as you could make the dog’s skin dry and flaky, which is why they are scratching and pulling more often than usual.

Taking care of a dog with allergies is easy once you have identified the problem. Asking a vet for advice is a good idea if you do not know where to begin. They will be able to ask the right questions and help you find the answers so you will be able to administer the proper treatments.

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      I didn't know there was such a thing. What a nice thing to know, since we think our oldest daughter is bothered by our dog. If we ever get another dog, it will be hypoallergenic for sure.

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      Cynthia Haltom 3 years ago from Diamondhead

      What a great job you did with all this information, it is a very useful lens.

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      webnaturally lm 4 years ago

      Great article! We have Labradoodles and love the lack of shedding or allergy problems.

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      TobyFugitt 4 years ago

      Thankfully I don't have to worry about getting a hypoallergenic dog since none of my family has allergies, but good lens nonetheless!

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      HomeDecorKnight 4 years ago

      wow! it's very much valuable information. I like a dog as pet animal. I like this valuable lens.

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      Linda Hoxie 4 years ago from Idaho

      This list is so valuable to those with allergies to pet dander. Well done!

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      Brandi 4 years ago from Maryland

      This page is an excellent resource...thank you for offering this information. My kids want a dog, but I am allergic to many breeds, so we have been putting them off. Now, after reading this, I'm considering looking into a schnauzer. Thanks for the suggestions! :)

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      bossypants 4 years ago from America's Dairyland

      Many good suggestions for dog care, beyond hypoallergenic dogs. According to our Samoyed breeder friends, many people who are allergic to dogs find they are not allergic to Samoyeds. It has to do with the dogs DNA. Conversely, there are people who have never been allergic to dogs and find a Samoyed to cause allergy symptoms. Your advice to spend time with the breed of dog is excellent.

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      Heather B 4 years ago

      Are there any hypoallergenic cats? Not that I'd replace my Marigold for any other cat!

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      kingfishernatur 5 years ago

      I have a miniature schnauzer' I can confirm that they don't shed and are very fastidious about their personal cleanliness.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      My DIL has asthama and wants to get a dog. This is great info on hypoallergenic dogs so I'll be forwarding this lens to her. All good suggestions here; thanks! :)

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      Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

      I have a very hypoalergenic dog, The Douge de Bourdeaux of our family has skin problems, and gets hayfever just like a human! she has ear problems too, so after many moths monitoring her, we have her on the right food, bathe her with tea tree oil and add vegetable oil to her dinners, which has helped her coat dramatically and now we do not have breakouts on her skin! this was advice from our vet working with them, and also she takes doggie Piraton for her heyfever! (I think she is human!) She can become stressed very easily, so me being at home all helps too. and she does indeed not leave my side. Great article ful of further resources.

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      Aleayah 5 years ago

      Love your page.. the dog paintings are creative and the present of artistry is there.

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      Dalmain 5 years ago

      WOW ! I always thought that you either were allergic to dogs or you weren't ! It's good to know that if you do love dogs, but suffer from allergies ... that there is a really simple solution to control your symptoms !

      Great info and extremely helpful LENS ... 8o)

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      This is a very important topic and well covered. Thanks. I hold slightly different views about the origins and nature of allergies but your lens will be useful to a lot of people.

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      Very informative lens for the dog lover who has allergies. Did you know that there is a hyperallergenic cat - it's called a Rex and has very short curly hair.

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      pkmcr 6 years ago from Cheshire UK

      @JHFSEO: Thanks so much for dropping by and sharing your experience which I really appreciate

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      JHFSEO 6 years ago

      As someone who grew up with pet allergies, we always had hypoallergenic dogs and it's made a big difference. You're right on about loss of eyesight in poodles - ours had cataracts, and they are great people dogs and hunting dogs if you have a standard. Thanks for a great lens.

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      pkmcr 6 years ago from Cheshire UK

      @anonymous: You are very welcome Susie and delighted that you find it helpful

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Really? - I had no idea there were Hypoallergenic Dogs. I'm kind of stunned at the moment by this. I'm just amazed...love learning new things everyday. Thanks for sharing Paul.

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