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HYPOALLERGENIC PUPPIES AND DOGS FOR SALE

Introduction

This article is aimed at those that would like to find a puppy for sale and own a dog, but are unfortunately allergic to them. Pet hair and dander are common allergens, typically provoking a condition called allergic rhinitis. It can be frustrating and challenging for dog lovers with this allergy that prevents them keeping or sometimes even interacting with their favourite animals. The solution is to find hypoallergenic puppies.

This section will discuss exactly what constitutes hypoallergenic puppies, which people these dogs are suitable for, and which breeds are most ideal for those with allergies.

Definitions

Allergy

The term “allergy”, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI), is a chronic condition in which a person has an unusual reaction to a typically harmless substance. This reaction can be as mild as a runny nose or as severe as anaphylactic shock (which can lead to death). Pet allergies are typically not severe, with symptoms such as sneezing, wheezing, rashes, red itchy eyes, and coughing.

If you suspect that you or a family member has an allergy, it’s important to get medical confirmation to make sure that these symptoms are not being caused by another condition. Medical confirmation also means that your doctor should be able to prescribe a treatment (such as decongestants, corticosteroids or antihistamines) or other recommendations to manage the allergy.

Allergen

Allergens” are substances that provoke allergic reactions. In the case of pet allergies, typical allergens are pet dander (tiny particles of loose skin shed by the animal), urine, and saliva (hair is not typically an allergens, but shed hair brings saliva and dander along with it). These substances contain allergenic proteins, which are responsible for triggering allergic reactions.

Hypoallergenic

The word “hypoallergenic” means a substance that provokes fewer reactions in a person suffering from allergies. In the context of this article, a hypoallergenic puppy is one that is less likely to cause an allergic reaction in someone who is allergic to dogs.

Hypoallergenic Puppies and Dogs

There is no such thing as a truly allergy-free dog breed. There are breeds and even individuals dogs that are less likely to trigger an allergic reaction; however, there is still a small chance that even these animals will trigger a reaction in certain people. These hypoallergenic dog breeds still have allergens in their saliva and dander – as much as any normal dog would have. Even hairless dogs, such as the Chinese Crested, could cause allergic symptoms because they can still shed dander, despite their lack of fur.

The good news is that even if these breed are not technically hypoallergenic dogs by scientific standards, they are still far less likely to trigger allergic reactions than other breeds. This is great news for those with dog allergies, as they can enjoy the experience of finding a hypoallergenic puppy for sale and having a dog that causes little to no health problems for them. Dog breeds with “consistent” coats are ideal because it can be easier to predict how much or how little they will shed.

How “hypoallergenic” the dog is depends on the individual dog and how severe a person’s allergy is, and how the allergy is being managed; for example, someone with a severe allergy to dog dander who is not taking any steps to treat or manage their allergy may still have allergic symptoms if they encounter even a hypoallergenic breed. Anyone with an allergy to dogs should meet several different dog breeds to see whether their allergies are triggered.

You should also research what steps you may need to take to manage your allergy, to reduce the chance of a reaction. It is perfectly possible for an allergy-sufferer to live with hypoallergenic dogs; it just takes a little extra effort.

What is the connection between non-shedding and hypoallergenic puppies?

The reason some breeds are considered hypoallergenic puppies and dogs is because they shed less frequently than normal dogs. Less hair being shed means that less dander is shed. Some of the hypoallergenic breeds, such the Maltese, are on the small side. This means that even if they shed a little dander, it’s a lot less than a larger dog would shed.

Which dogs tend to shed less? Breeds with shorter hair tend to shed less, though that’s no guarantee. Curly coats, as seen in Poodles; or wiry hair, common in terriers, are also good choices. Some dogs with longer fur, such as the Australian Silky or the Afghan Hound, shed less due to their unique silky coat.

Generally speaking, dogs with more hair-like fur are less likely to trigger an allergy because they tend to shed less. This does mean that they need more grooming, as their coats may be prone to tangling and matting. They may also need to be clipped regularly to keep their hair in check.

Managing allergies

Hopefully you’ll be able to enjoy your hypoallergenic pet’s company and have a great life together. Depending on how severe your allergy is, you may still need to take a few steps to help control any potential allergic reactions.

Cleanliness

Try to keep your bedroom and bathroom pet-free. This will reduce the build-up of dander and hair, so in these spaces you are less likely to have a reaction. You can keep your dog’s bed in a dedicated part of your home to avoid the spread of dander, and teach your dog to stay off furniture such as sofa to prevent dander spreading to these surfaces. Be sure to clean your dog’s bed, blankets, and toys frequently, and vacuum up loose hair to reduce the number of allergens around your home.

Grooming hypoallergenic puppies

Your dog will also need frequent grooming and brushing to help removed loose hair and skin flakes. Many of the breeds listed in this article need specialised grooming, but most can be brushed or bathed at home. Consult your breeder and your dog groomer for advice specific to your chosen dog’s breed. Ideally, brush or bathe your dog at least once a week. Brushing your dog outside will help reduce the build-up of dander and hair inside your home.

Going outside with hypoallergenic puppies

It’s a good idea to let your dog run around outdoors for some time each day. Your dog should certainly not live outdoors, but a few hours in the garden are fine. This is useful if you have a severe allergy. Be sure that your dog has proper food, water, and shelter outside.

Medical treatment

Finally, it’s worth asking your doctor what treatments are available. There are several options, such as drugs and immunotherapy. The latter involves injections that help to desensitise your immune system to allergens (they do not cure the allergy, but can alleviate your symptoms).

Coat Care

Many hypoallergenic dogs have coats that need special care to prevent tangles and matted hair. They tend to have coats with unique textures, and it’s a good idea to consult your groomer, breeder, and veterinarian for advice about how to best maintain your dog’s coat and skin health.

Hypoallergenic dogs like the Komondor and Puli have corded coats, with dreadlocks that need to be separated from each other and carefully cleaned from any debris every day. Dogs with curly coats, like Poodles, need daily brushing and monthly clipping. Getting a “Poodle cut” can help keep a curly-haired dog neat and tidy, and will save you a little work, but daily brushing is still important.

The semi-hairless Chinese Crested hypoallergenic dogs have exposed skin, and you may need to apply lotion to prevent dry skin, but do consult your vet and dog groomer to see what type of lotion to use and how often it should be applied. The Chinese Crested will also need a coat to wear in cold weather.

All hypoallergenic dogs need regular parasite prevention treatments. Drops can be bought from your veterinarian or pet shop, and applied to the dog’s coat at least once a month (the frequency of application and exact application method depends on the brand). Regular nail trimming, which is especially important for dogs that live primarily inside, and the occasional bath are also important to keep your dog’s coat healthy.

Hypoallergenic dog breeds

There is no official list of hypoallergenic breeds, but there is some consensus as to which dog breeds are least likely to trigger allergies. If you’re looking for a hypoallergenic puppies to add to your family, we have put together a list of 20 of the best dogs for those with allergies.

Hypoallergenic puppies come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, colours, and temperaments, so with time and research, you should be able to find the ideal dog for your family.

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