Non-Allergic Dog Breeds – What Are They?

One of the reasons why many people are hesitant about adopting a canine companion is the thought of developing an allergic or asthmatic reaction to dog fur. This is a particular concern for parents who may have very young children in the house, or for people who already have health issues or pre-existing medical conditions that may hinder normal breathing. However, dog fur allergy is a misnomer. This is a type of medical condition wherein the person develops allergic reactions not only to dog fur, but to canine saliva and dander (any material shed by the animal like dead skin cells, or dandruff) as well. This condition only happens when: a person is already inherently susceptible to such allergies or born with genes that are hypersensitive to any kind of pet dander; and the dog releases more fur, saliva or dander that the person can handle.

As such, for people with such concerns, health care providers are recommending canine pets that are classified as non allergic dog breeds or hypoallergenic dog breeds. This means that the dogs do not shed or shed very little that the smallest traces of excess fur do not trigger any allergic reactions in the person. Some of the established non allergic dog breeds are: Affenpinscher, Bedlington Terrier, Bergamasco, Bichon Frise, Bolognese, Brussels Griffon, Chinese Crested Dog, Chinese Shar-Pei, Coton De Tulear, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Giant Schnauzer, Havanes, Irsih Water Spaniel, Lakeland Terrier, Maltese, Miniature Schnauzer, Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Poodle, Portuguese Water Dog, Puli, Pumi, Shih Tzu, Silky Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Standard Schnauzer, Toy Poodle, Welsh Terrier, Wirehaired Pointing Griffin and the Yorkshire Terrier… to name a few.

The Bichon Frise, the Poodle and the Yorkshire Terrier are highly recommended for people who are susceptible to dog fur allergy. Aside from not shedding their fur, the hairs of these dog breeds also do not come out when combed or brushed out. Additionally, these aforementioned dog breeds expel small volumes of saliva and dander too.

Dog breeds like the Greyhound, Italian Greyhound, Kerry Blue Terrier are also sometimes considered as hypoallergenic due to their single coats of short but heavy hair follicles. There are also dog breeds that are hairless, so fur is not an issue at all. Some of these hairless breeds are the: Peruvian Inca Orchid and the Xoloitzcuintli. However, these hairless dogs can still expel a lot of saliva through barking and dander from their grooming practices, so caution is still advised. Other examples of dog breeds that can still trigger allergic reactions to their saliva and dander are the: Chinese Crested Dog, Silky Terrier and all types of Schnauzer.

Some mixed dog breeds or these so-called designer dogs may also be hypo-allergenic. The Goldendoodle (crossbreed between the Golden Retriever and the Poodle) will not shed if the coat is inherited from the Poodle bloodline. However, if the Golden Retriever side of the dog comes out more, then the Goldendoodle is bound to shed and may still cause dog fur allergy. The Pomeranian does shed, but it releases minimal dander due to its small size. The Samoyed also sheds but it never releases any form of dander.

Source by Kevin Heathfield

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