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Is There Really Such a Thing as a Hypoallergenic Dog?

hypoallergenic dogs Why are so many people searching the internet for hypoallergenic dogs? Because about 10% of the population is allergic to animals!

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However, there really isn't such a thing as a hypoallergenic dog. You see, what 'triggers' the flare-ups are: dander (dog's skin flakes), saliva, and urine. And every dog produces all of these.

So what are 'hypoallergenic dogs', you ask?

These are the dog breeds which are less likely to cause an allergy sufferer to have a reaction. But there's no reason why those suffering with allergies, must also suffer a life without the loving companionship of 'man's best friend'.

Minimize Flare-Ups With the Right Dog Breed

To find the right dog breed, an allergy sufferer should consider the breeds that have the least amount of dander, don't slobber or drool a lot, and are potty trained! This is why some breeds are better than others and are considered 'hypoallergenic dogs'.

Top 10 Hypoallergenic Dogs

  • Schnauzers
  • Bichon Frise
  • Coton de Tulear
  • Havanese
  • Poodle
  • Maltese
  • Basenji
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Italian Greyhound
  • Chinese Crested

Tip: If you do decide to get a dog and you suffer from allergies, before you bring 'Fido' home, spend some time with him and see if your allergies flare. Each allergy sufferer is different, so only you will be able to determine which breed is best.

Minimize Flare-Ups With These Tips

  • Dander: You can help reduce the amount of dander by bathing your dog often. This also washes away other allergens such as dust and pollen that may have collected on your dog's fur -which can then be transferred onto your clothing, carpet, upholstered furniture, bed, etc.

  • Saliva: Since saliva causes an allergic response in some - do not let your dog lick you, especially on the face.

  • Urine: Housebreak your puppy right away to avoid this allergen.

  • Keep dogs off the bed: Keep your dog off your bed so animal dander or saliva doesn't collect on your pillows, causing your symptoms to worsen during the night.

  • Wash up: Wash your hands after having contact with your dog.

  • Helpful Products: HEPA vacuum cleaners and bags will help reduce the amount of allergens in the air of your home. And air purifiers can offer relief by removing per dander (not mention other allergens like pollen, mold, dust, etc).

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