What are the Best Dogs for People With Allergies
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 allergies.
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 allergen-free.
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.
Wishing you the best of health
The Allergy Store