You are absolutely dying to add to your family and be the proud owner of a dog, but there’s one problem - you can’t stop coughing and sneezing and suffering with hay fever-like symptoms.
Did you know that not all dogs will cause you to react in this way? Dogs that don’t shed are referred to as hypoallergenic (or low allergy dogs). These are the breeds that are going to save you the hassle of grabbing for the tissue box every time they’re around you.
So that dream of adding a furry friend to your family is not a distant wish!
Whilst hypoallergenic dogs are better suited to help your allergies, note that no dogs are 100% allergy free dogs. The best way to know if they will cause you to have a reaction is to simply spend time with them.
You’ll know if you’re allergic to your/a pup if you are suffering with any of the following:
- Sneezing or runny/stuffy nose
- Facial pain from nasal congestion
- Shortness of breath or chest tightness
- Watery, red or itchy eyes
- Skin rashes or hives
You can manage these symptoms as you would with hay fever by using antihistamines or nasal sprays. You could also consider getting an allergy shot.
In case you didn’t know; it is not the length of their coat or amount of hair that a dog has that may cause you to experience difficulty in being around them – the problem lies with their dander. Dander is dead skin that comes from a dog, much like human dandruff. It is the dander that sheds around once every 21 days in a dog and that will bring those unwanted symptoms. A dog that sheds less is less likely to spread this dander around your home.
It is important that you stay on top of grooming whichever hypoallergenic pup you go for. Nutritional help such as skin and coat supplements can ensure your pick of the pack keeps their coat shiny.
We’ve made it easy for you and put together a collection of hypoallergenic dog breeds that are less likely to affect your allergies. Typically, small to medium sized dogs are most hypoallergenic!
These stubborn but playful creatures make wonderful pets. Basenji’s are popular amongst the non shedding dog breeds - being self groomers; their overall grooming needs are low. You’ll fall in love with their yodel rather than a bark too!
These sheep-like pups are affectionate little souls. They love to be in a family and around children. Their woolly and tight curls ensure that dander keeps trapped in until groomed and brushed out. They need regular attention with this though as their coats can become matted if not given some love! Omega 3 is a quick and easy way to keep their coats shiny.
WEST HIGHLAND TERRIER
Active, friendly and a family dog are just a couple of words that spring to mind with these little beauties. Westies make fantastic hypoallergenic dogs if you’re looking to expand your family, with next to no shedding. Their grooming demands are slightly higher than the average though to keep that coat soft and shiny!
Don’t be fooled by that ball of fluffiness! The Bichon Frise is a small pup and has a famous wool-like coat but shedding is practically non existent. This popular dog will bring your life extra cuteness and a heap of personality to go with it!
This breed of dog is low shedding, has low dander and doesn’t drool – winning all round. Be careful though, it is essential that Havaneses are regularly brushed and groomed. Their fur grows very fast and can become tangled easily if not looked after.
IRISH WATER SPANIEL
Do you love the 90’s perm look that these doggo’s rock? Us too! That naturally curly fur retains dander and ensures that it doesn’t spread across your house. These big bundles of fun need to be brushed two to three times a week to keep their coats healthy. They love to swim and be outside and will make you laugh with their clown-like qualities!
Australia’s favourite hypoallergenic dog – and it’s no wonder why! They have a great temperament and build that makes them a very popular breed to have. The curly fur of Poodles holds onto dead hairs and is super light shedding.
You have three sizes to choose from with Schnauzers – pick your size wisely as they are a clingy breed! They are the owners of a wiry top coat with their undercoat catching any loose hairs. Schnauzers are easy to train with their high intelligence and loyalty.
Whilst Shih Tzu’s do carry a rather full body of hair, it does in fact resemble human hair rather than your typical doggie fur coat. They do shed, like us, but in minimal amounts – making them a popular breed amongst those with allergies.
Yorkie’s are also the proud owners of a furless body and instead carry a body of hair – very much human like. The hair that they do shed often falls back into their coat as they lack an undercoat. These cute little bundles of joy will be sure to make your heart melt!
Don’t forget, if you need any extra advice or would like to add to our list of allergy friendly dogs then just get in touch via our contact form.
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