Allergy Friendly Dogs

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What is the best Allergy Friendly Dog?

If you want to find a dog for your family but one of your family members are dealing with allergies, does this mean you will not be able to have a pet? There are so many different breeds of dogs available and fortunately there are a few allergy friendly breeds that will make living with a dog much easier. It may not eliminate the allergy symptoms completely but it may make them more tolerable.

An allergy friendly dog is necessary for homes with family members that experience asthma attacks, wheezing, hoarseness, and difficulty breathing. When the family member is around dogs, they may experience watery eyes and sneezing as well. They may only experience more of an allergic reaction when they are around a dog for a long period of time.

Dogs that are not allergy friendly include breeds with long hair. These breeds usually have more dander then short haired breeds. They also shed more then the short haired breeds do. The dander and loose hair can cause allergy symptoms to begin.

Different breeds that are Allergy Friendly

There is no single breed that is labeled as allergy friendly; however, there are dogs that are considered allergy friendly by the American Kennel Club.

These following breeds are considered allergy friendly because they do not shed or they shed very little:

  • Maltese
  • Portuguese water dogs
  • Havanese dogs
  • Irish water spaniel
  • Puli dogs
  • Airedale terriers
  • Dandle Dinmont terriers
  • Bischon Frise
  • Pomeranian
  • American Hairless terrier
  • Basenji
  • Bedlington terrier
  • Bolognese
  • Border terrier
  • Chinese Crested
  • Cavachon
  • Doodleman pinscher
  • Cocapoo
  • Hairless Khala
  • Labradoodle
  • Peruvian Inca Orchid

It’s important to note that while many of these breeds are hairless, the rest are not hairless but they are known to produce less dander, less shedding, or they need grooming on a daily basis and this reduces dander.

Allergic Reaction to Saliva

Dander is not the only reason why people show signs of allergies to a dog. The saliva from a dog may also cause allergy symptoms to start up. The saliva is not only present while they are eating or cleaning themselves, it is also present when they are playing with a toy or when barking.

Options to consider

If allergies are severe, you may not be able to tolerate having a dog indoors at all. That leaves you only one other option and that is to get an outdoor dog. Not just any dog is right for the outdoors. You will need to consider the fact that you need a large enough back yard that offers both shade and sunshine. You will also need the back yard to be fenced in. You need to match the dog with your climate. Some dogs weather well in the cold temperatures while others cannot. The same thing goes for extreme heat. There are several factors to consider when you think about an outdoor dog. For example, the husky is a great dog to consider if you live in cold climates. They are able to handle the extreme weather with two layers of coating.

Before investing your money and time into a new dog, you may want to make sure that it is allergy friendly enough for you to tolerate having in the house. See if you can spend about an hour at a time for a few days to see if you have any allergic reaction. This will help you make a decision to what you can do. Remember, there are several breeds that you can try this with before you give up on finding the right dog for you.

If you do decide to bring an allergy friendly dog into your home, there are a few things that you can do to keep allergies from flaring up. You will need to sweep and vacuum on a daily basis. You will also need to dust the furniture at least three times each week to remove the dander and allergens that have landed on the furniture. You will also want to use your vacuum on the sofa or chair, where the dog likes to lay down. You may want to make the bedrooms off limits to the new dog. They can still run around the rest of the house however making the bedrooms off limits allow you to minimize the spread of dander.

If you want a certain breed of dog, you may choose to receive allergy shots on a regular basis in order to tolerate the allergy friendly dog in the home. It all depends on how bad you want an indoor dog. Keep in mind, exposing yourself to a dog that you may be allergic to for long periods of time may lead to other chronic conditions.