If you are allergic to dogs, you may be all too familiar with sneezing, watery eyes, and coughing that go along with being in the presence of a canine friend. But maybe you’ve been wondering or wishing that it wasn’t so. After all, there’s nothing quite like having a four-legged pal to enjoy life with!
Popular culture has put hypoallergenic dogs in the spotlight as of late. These dogs shed less than other dogs, and it’s purported that they don’t cause allergies. But is this claim just too good to be true?
Before you jump on the bandwagon, keep reading as Pets In Stitches reveals fact and fiction about hypoallergenic dogs.
Look to Science
The reason for the allergic response in humans is a protein found in dog (and cat) dander and saliva. Dander is typically attached to dog fur, so the less fur your dog has, the less dander should be circulating in your home. However, even hairless dogs still produce the offending proteins.
A hypoallergenic dog is one that is supposedly more compatible with dog allergy sufferers. Some people have reported little or no allergic reaction to certain dog breeds, but the science does not back up the existence of a truly hypoallergenic dog.
On The Other Hand,
Many of the dog breeds said to be hypoallergenic are actually low-shedding breeds. The American Kennel Club has published a list of dog breeds that are low shedding. Some of these include Portugese Water Dogs, Yorkshire Terriers, and Poodles.
One other factor in reducing allergic reactions in people is size. Smaller dogs produce less saliva and dander than larger dogs. Grooming and bathing your dog may also help reduce the amount of dander that finds its way into your home.
Managing Pet Allergens
Many dog owners manage their own allergic symptoms with medications, immunotherapy, alternative medicine, or a combination of these. In addition, you can help manage dander in your home with the following:
- Use a HEPA air filter or air purifier
- Vacuum, sweep, and mop often
- Wash your pet’s bedding weekly
- Dust surfaces at least once per week
- Create a pet free zone in your bedroom
Understanding how dog allergies work and what dog breeds might work best is a positive first step.