The Perfect Solution for Those with Dog Allergies... Or Are They?
Hypoallergenic dogs are technically a modern day myth. However, many people with dog allergies can tolerate certain types of dogs, but the breed and level of tolerance is not the same for everyone.
Dander isn't the only culprit. A lot of people with dog allergies are actually allergic to a protein in dog saliva, mucus, urine, etc., so when a high-shedding dog licks it's fur and then sheds it, he drops contaminated fur and allergens around the house.
A non-shedding dog can be more hypoallergenic simply because the the saliva contaminated (and dander contaminated) dog hair is less scattered and less likely to be covering furniture, etc.
And you can take it a step further, whether mild or severe, to reduce symptoms and still own a dog by applying some of these practices.
And if you haven't yet considered a mixed-breed, now might be a good time to think about it.
You've probably heard of hybrid dogs or 'so-called' designer dogs. Breeds like Puggles and labradoodles are another option. But please don't get sucked in by the hype surrounding hybrid dogs.
Unless you're one of those people who just likes to be taken advantage of, don't let careless breeders trick you into paying high prices for these potentially hypoallergenic dogs that are dying by the thousands in shelters every day.
If you've ever even considered a mixed breed or hybrid dog, adopt
one! Save the life of a Shih-tzu/Chinese Crested mix and call it a
Shih-tunese Crested or rescue a Schnauzer/Bichon Frise mix and call it a
Schnau-chon Frise. It would be the same exact thing. Find almost any
mix of dog on petfinder by selecting just one breed and all of the dogs with that breed in the mix will come up as well.
A while back , a friend of mine who happens to have a pretty severe dog allergy adopted a mixed breed dog that another friend was fostering for a rescue group, a chihuahua mix.
She discovered this phenomenon very casually. Just being around this friend and even sitting in the car where the dog would typically ride didn't cause her to sneeze or wheeze and in fact, she had no allergy to this dog whatsoever.
The allergen or protein that caused her sympoms didn't exist in this dog, and this can actually happen for several reasons. So, don't give up! Consider all of your options.
There was a very happy ending here! The dog got a forever home... and of course, I was happy for my friend as well! :)
advantage is they are much easier to come by and you could very easily
test your tolerance with one by contacting a rescue group. The dog would
need bathed first if it lives in a house with other dogs.
Call the shelters and resuce groups surrounding you and explain your allergy situation. Once you've discovered the best breed for your lifestyle ask if there are any breeds, with even just a partial mix to the breed that interests you at the shelter. Let them know that you'd like 'alone time' with that dog, away from other dogs to test your tolerance.
If you do find a breed that causes you fewer allergy symptoms or if you decide that owning a dog is worth the inconvenience, no matter what symptoms you might experience, there are actually a lot of ways that you can reduce these symptoms or even diminish them altogether.
There is also the option of hairless dogs, like the American Hairless Terrier, Xolo or Chinese Crested. Again, when bathed regularly and being kept off of furniture, along with these practices, might be the perfect solution!
Don't let allergies stand in the way of living your best life... One that can include your favorite four-legged friend!
When you do decide on a breed, we sincerely hope you'll consider saving a life by adopting. Many people are surprised to know that rescue groups exist for every breed imaginable... and yes that means purebreds including the hypoallergenic (non-shedding) dogs listed on our site. Learn more about dog adoption and how you can help put an end to the torture of all dogs in puppy mills.