Hypoallergenic dogsCorey Farrugia
Allergies are a very serious problem for people who have to endure them throughout most of their lives. This is especially so for people that love animals yet experience allergic reactions when they come in contact with them. The symptoms that most people experience are red, itchy eyes, coughing and sneezing, and runny noses. Symptoms can be extremely severe in people that happen to suffer from these allergies as well as asthma. Others experience skin irritation which results in a lot of itching and red, sensitive skin. Sometimes, when someone is particularly sensitive, skin allergies can break out into a nasty case of hives.
This is where the idea of hypoallergenic dogs come in. Dogs are never completely hypoallergenic as the allergen protein is produced in all dogs in varying quantities. According to research, some canine individuals shed less allergenic glycoproteins then others. Although there is a marked difference in allergen production and shedding between different breeds, variations are also seen between individual dogs. A particular dog can be better suited to a specific person suffering from dog allergies then another while still belonging to the same breed. This is because each and every dog has slight differences in the type of allergen proteins that it produces and this might affect each individual in a different way.
Dogs that have long, curly, rough coats are one such type of dog. The reason these kinds of dogs are considered to be hypoallergenic is because the dog’s dander gets trapped inside its dense coat and is not freely shed around the home environment. These dogs also don’t shed their fur easily, often having to be either stripped by hand or taken to the groomer to get their coats in order. Dogs such as the Poodle, Lagotto Romagnolo and the Labradoodle belong to such a category. Besides the rough coated and curly coated dogs there are straight haired dogs that can be considered to be hypoallergenic due to their subdued shedding capabilities. One such example is the Maltese terrier.
Another category of dogs considered to be hypoallergenic are the hairless dog breeds. These breeds have little to no hair and even though hair itself is not what causes allergies, the practically non-existent coat helps dog owners groom and clean their dogs easily and often enough to keep the dog’s allergens to a minimum and significantly improves cohabitation with the dog. Breeds of hairless dogs include the Peruvian Inca Orchid, the Mexican Xoloitzcuintli, The Chinese crested and the American hairless terrier. These dogs might not be for everyone since their lack of hair might weird some people out, but they’re surely worth considering for people suffering from these conditions or those that like animals with unique looks.
Another thing to consider when you’re looking for a hypoallergenic dog is that the smaller the dog the smaller the surface area from which it can shed dander. To put this into perspective: although all Schnauzer breeds are considered to be hypoallergenic, one should expect to have worse allergic symptoms when living with a giant Schnauzer than living with a miniature Schnauzer. Cleaning and grooming your dog often is also another way to keep the allergens to a minimum.
We at Newdoggy.com hope that you find this guide useful, and that equipped this information, you can finally enjoy that four legged companion that you always wanted without having to stock up on paper napkins and giving your liver a break from anti-inflammatory drugs.