Are there really allergy-friendly dogs?

If you are one of the unfortunate people who is allergic to dogs, then you may have already heard about the so-called 'allergy-friendly dogs'. But unfortunately, it's not quite as fantastic as it sounds. Because hypoallergenic dogs are not dogs that you can be with and pet without any kind of reaction. If you are allergic to dogs, then this applies to all dogs.

But why do you say that some dogs are hypoallergenic? This is done because there are certain breeds, and especially bred breeds, which are less likely to produce an allergic reaction.

It's actually not the dog hair you can't stand

Many believe that it is directly the dog's fur that they are allergic to. And that they can then just choose a short-haired dog. But the reality is different. If you are allergic to dogs, it is because your immune system reacts to a protein found in the dog's skin, saliva and urine. From there, it easily gets into the fur, after which the dog sheds around the home and car. And that's where you get exposed to the protein.

Instead of a short-haired dog, you should therefore look for a dog breed that does not shed so much. And which also has no undercoat. That type of dog will have a greater chance of being hypoallergenic than the exclusively short-haired breeds. Many of the dog breeds that allergy sufferers have had success with have also had a curly coat. These types are known to shed less.

Which dog breeds are hypoallergenic?

Labradoodle dog Luna is being dried with the Siccaro EasyDry towel by owner Lissen Marschall

If you have dreams of getting a dog, but have experienced watery eyes, a runny nose and itching every time a wagging tail wanders past, then you do not have all dog breeds to choose from. But there are still a lot of wonderful dogs out there. You can always try meeting a specific breed of hypoallergenic dog to test how you react.

When choosing your hypoallergenic dog, there are a few things you can look for. First of all, it is best to avoid male dogs and very active dogs. Several studies show greater reactions from male dogs than female dogs. And active dogs will have a greater chance of moving dog hair around the house when they roam around.

We have collected the most well-known and popular hypoallergenic dogs in a list here:

The smaller dog breeds:

  • Coton de Tulear

  • West Highland White Terrier

  • Yorkshire Terrier

  • Papillon

  • Bichon Havanais

  • Shih Tzu

  • Lhasa Apso

  • Chinese Crested (Available both with hair and as hairless)

  • Basenji

  • The larger dog breeds:

  • Labradoodle (Mixed breed created to be hypoallergenic)

  • Poodle (Available in both large and small sizes)

  • Curly Coated Retriever

  • Spanish water dog

  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • If you fall for one of these hypoallergenic dog breeds, try to find a kennel or breeder that has them. Find out if there is an opportunity to test your reaction with that particular type of dog. Who knows, you might find your next best friend!

    You can prevent your allergies in several ways

    Allergy and hypersensitivity to dogs manifests itself differently from person to person. Therefore, some will be able to suppress the allergy more effectively with medication than others. But in the long run it is not sustainable, as the hypersensitivity can grow if you spend a lot of time with dogs. But if you find an allergy-friendly dog ​​that works for you, there are several ways in which you can prevent your allergy.

    Here we have collected 5 good tips for life with dog allergies - which can of course be an advantage for all dog owners.

    1. Give the dog a bath regularly

    Wet dog standing in a bathtub

    When you wash your dog, along with all the dirt, you also remove the aforementioned protein from the fur. However, you must be careful not to overwash the dog, as this can damage the natural balance of the skin. If you need advice to make bath time with the dog easier, we have a number of tips here .

    2. Brush the dog's fur often

    If you remember to brush the dog's fur often, or get a non-allergic family member to do it, you reduce the risk of allergic reactions. Brush it outside so the hairs don't get all over the house - so you don't have to do extra cleaning!

    3. Avoid carpets in the house

    It is self-explanatory. Carpets give dog hair plenty of good opportunities to get stuck. Plus it is more difficult to keep clean than, for example, a wooden floor. And even though hypoallergenic dogs shed less than most dogs, they still shed.

    4. Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum!

    Everyone with a dog knows it. You can vacuum every day, several times depending on the type of dog. And if you suffer from allergies, it is even more important to maintain the cleaning. In addition, it is good to ventilate several times a day and get fresh air added to the home.

    5. No dog in bed or sofa

    A dog lying on the Siccaro FlexDog drying mat

    Not all dogs are allowed to get up and cozy up on the sofa. And if you are allergic to dogs, boundaries are even more important. If the dog does not have access to the sofa and bed, or perhaps is not allowed in the bedroom at all, you create a free space for your body. And avoids more cleaning than absolutely necessary.

    You can also teach the dog to lie down in a place specifically designed for it. In this way, you limit the area where the dog sheds when indoors. It can, for example, be on a mat, such as our Flex mat , which is both comfortable and odor-reducing.

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