Did you know that even dog lovers with allergies can have their own pet? If you have always wanted a dog but can’t go near one without your allergies manifesting, or know someone in this situation, then you’re reading the right blog post.
Among the many dog breeds humans have shaped over the years, quite a few are hypoallergenic! And they are dogs of all shapes and sizes too. President Obama for example owns two hypoallergenic dogs (portuguese water dogs) because his oldest daughter suffers from terrible allergies.
Let’s see what makes these dogs hypoallergenic and what breeds we are talking about:
What makes certain dogs hypoallergenic?
Firstly, it’s important to know what makes people allergic to dogs: Most commonly it is due to a protein in their saliva (similar to the proteins that cause allergies to cats, it is not their fur contrary to popular belief) that is also present on their skin most of the time. The protein in question that causes allergies in dogs is called Can f 6 (the ones that cause cat allergies are Fel d 1 and Fel d 4).
Dogs and cat breeds that are considered hypoallergenic are simply animals that produce much less of those proteins as a result from the genetic mutation necessary to create their breed, making allergic people less likely to react to the proteins as they are in lesser quantities. However that doesn’t mean that all hypoallergenic pets are suitable for all allergic people. Everyone reacts differently and it is important for an allergic person to be in contact with various hypoallergenic breeds before choosing one, to make sure that they can in fact interact with their pets.
In addition to picking a dog breed that is considered hypoallergenic, a clean household and a clean pet (vacuuming the fur on furniture, frequent dusting, airing the home, regular baths and grooming for the dog, etc…) contribute to keeping allergic reactions at bay.
Below is a list of popular dog breeds that are widely considered hypoallergenic, classed by size groups. If you are interested in one of those breeds we suggest you research their needs (exercise, food, size, health issues) and personality to figure out which is the right dog breed for you.
The bichon frisé, the miniature schnauzer, the shih tzu, the maltese, the italian greyhound and the chinese crested are all common breeds that are hypoallergenic.
the miniature bull terrier, the cairn terrier, the scottish terrier and the portuguese water dog are common hypoallergenic dogs.
The bull terrier, the schnauzer, the welsh terrier, the samoyed, the greyhound and the weimaraner are the most popularly known hypoallergenic large dogs.
Did you know that there were so many hypoallergenic dog breeds? Discuss in the comments!