What Are The Best Dogs for People With
Recent studies show that almost 15 percent of
the population is allergic to pets, with dog allergies being the most
common. People with dog allergies particularly react to either the dog’s
dander or saliva. Contrary to popular belief, allergy attacks are rarely
caused by the dog’s fur. Though no specific breed is known to be entirely
safe for allergy sufferers, there are certain dog breeds considered to be
hypoallergenic and do not cause problems for people suffering from dog
Poodles and poodle hybrids - the best dogs for allergy sufferers
Many experts agree that poodles are the best dog breeds allergy sufferers
can bring inside their homes. Poodles are considered to be one of the best
hypoallergenic dog breeds (no such thing) because their hair is shorter and
it does not shed easily compared to other breeds. Poodles also do not shed
too much dander.
Unfortunately, not everyone likes taking care
of poodles. The solution is getting poodle hybrids like Labradoodle (a
hybrid of poodle and Labrador) and Goldendoodle (a hybrid of poodle and
golden retriever). The good thing about hybrids is that they seem to acquire
the best traits from both breeds. Such hybrids do not shed very much and
they produce less allergen.
Aside from poodles and poodle hybrids, there are other dog breeds that are
appropriate for people suffering from dog allergies. Such breeds include the
Yorkshire Terrier, Shih Tzu, Schnauzer, Maltese, Portugese water dog, and
Irish Water Spaniel.
Hairless breeds are also good choices. In
theory, a dog with lesser hair will shed lesser fur and dander. The hairless
variety of the Xoloitzcuintli, Chinese Crested and Mexican are great
examples of hairless breeds people with dog allergies can take care of.
Again, no specific dog breed is considered to be ideal for people suffering
from allergies. However, many pet owners report that their allergy attacks
are less frequent and less extreme with hypoallergenic dogs compared to
other breeds, such as retrievers, which are known to be very bad for those
suffering from dog allergies. I love Labs..
What should you do before adopting a dog?
For people with dog allergies, it is important to ensure that they can
tolerate the symptoms before they commit to bringing a dog inside their
homes. First things first you need to talk to your doctor. Prior to getting
a dog, a reasonable amount of time should be spent with the person’s breed
of choice. Many of the shelters will allow you to even take them home for a
test. This will help identify the symptoms that may possibly show up and if
the person can handle these symptoms well or not.
Once the person chooses a dog that causes no
or less allergy episodes, it is important certain precautionary measures are
observed to make sure that the allergy will not spring up anytime soon. Keep
the dog off your bed and out of the bedroom. Wash your hands after playing
with it. Let someone in the house that does not have allergies be in charge
of baths. We carry several products that help control the pet dander,
Allerpet D and
Allersearch ADS Antiallergen spray. Air cleaners can be used
throughout the house to lessen the amount of fur or dander circulating in
the air. And regular house cleaning is important to keep the area
As pet owners we know that your pets are part
of the family and just like any other family member they can make you feel
uncomfortable at times.