If you are a dog lover but suffer from allergies, you can still enjoy having a puppy of your very own. The first step on this journey is to familiarize yourself with what causes your allergy and what makes hypoallergenic dogs special. At Puppies Today, we always have a selection of hypoallergenic puppies for sale. Let us help find the right breed for you, so you can enjoy all the joys of puppy parenthood.
Hypoallergenic Puppies For Sale
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What is an allergy?
An allergy, as defined by the Mayo Clinic is when your immune systems react to a foreign substance. This reaction occurs when the body produces antibodies to a particular allergen and deems it harmful even though it may not be. This reaction can cause inflamed skin, sinuses, eyes, and airways.
What does Hypoallergenic mean?
Hypoallergenic means a decreased tendency to cause an allergic reaction. (Hypo meaning lesser) With pets, they can still produce allergens, however they have a special coat type that produces fewer allergens than other breeds.
What causes dog allergies?
Roughly 10-20% of the population suffers from dog allergies. While it is thought that the dog’s hair is the primary contributor to allergies, it is actually a combination of the dog’s hair and their dander.
Dander is tiny bits of dead skin cells that are very similar to human dandruff. Dogs shed and renew their top layers of skin every 21 days. The process of shedding facilitates the introduction of dander into the air which is in turned breathed in. This can trigger an allergy.
The Hypoallergenic Dog
One of the first things that you will observe about a hypoallergenic dog breed is its coat. This nonshedding coat not only looks different but feels different as well. It is more akin to hair than fur and the cleanup is far easier over a standard dog. Hypoallergenic dogs also do not have the same fluffy undercoats you see in other dog breeds. Undercoats are notorious for storing and also releasing copious amounts of dander into the air and thus triggering allergies.
Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds
(We can likely narrow some of these breed cards down. I am not sure David ever gets some of these breeds, however, I want it available if he does get the breed in as he grows and scales. )
- Afghan Hound
- Airedale Terrier
- Australian Silky Terrier
- Bedlington Terrier
- Yorkshire Terrier
- Airedale Terrier
- Bichon Frise
- Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier
- Coton De Tulear
- Hairless Chinese Crested
- Irish Water spaniel
- Portuguese Water Dog
- Shih Tzu
- West Highland White Terrier
- Wire Fox Terrier
Are Hypoallergenic dogs allergy free?
There are no dogs that are 100% allergen-free. However, the breeds listed above are some examples of dogs that happened to be hypoallergenic, and that were also bred for that specific purpose. Many breeds have very little dander and little to no shedding due to their coat type. This means that you are less likely to suffer from pet allergies from a dog like this verses one that sheds both fur and dander normally.
How you can reduce your allergy symptoms from your dog.
- Washing your pet’s bed and blankets regularly.
- Change the air filters in your home frequently.
- Use a HEPA Air Cleaner.
- Have a place in your home where the puppy is not allowed. This will be the “allergy-free” area.
- Wash and groom your dog every 4-5 weeks with an anti-allergin shampoo.
- Brush your dog 4-5 times per week.
- Consider antiallergy medication.
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