Hypoallergenic Dogs Offer Many Benefits

By Kathleen Hall

For millions of individuals all over the world, owning their own pet is a strong desire, though some might find it near impossible. People who have an allergy to animals could find it quite uncomfortable being around them. Fortunately, several different breeds of hypoallergenic dogs can make this a very comfortable possibility for allergy sufferers and make their dream a reality.

Hives, itching, a swollen throat, sneezing, and watery or red eyes are just a few of the possible symptoms that a person with animal allergies might find themselves facing. These individuals generally have to avoid contact with anyone with a pet or any location where the pups might live. Thankfully, there is hope that they could possibly enjoy the experience of owning their own canine companion.

Individuals with these allergies are not truly allergic to the actual animal, but to their dander. Dander is essentially dead skin cells - much like human dandruff - which flakes off and stays attached to the fur. As the pup sheds, the dander is spread all over the place, which is what activates the reaction in those with a sensitivity to it.

There are two important factors that go into determining whether or not a breed is good for allergy sufferers. First, their skin is such that it does not produce dander, or it creates very little. The second matter is that their predictable coat either does not shed or the amount is so little that it would only affect a person with extreme sensitivities.

The low shed factor is a huge advantage to owning an allergy friendly canine. Aside from producing fewer allergens, there is less fur all over the floor, people's clothing, or the furniture. They are a healthy and comfortable alternative for sensitive individuals and make housekeeping easier.

Just because a breed is listed as suitable for allergy sufferers, the reality of the situation is that viability is going to depend on the sensitivity of one's allergies. Low to moderate sensitivities should be fine. The animal's minimal shedding, skin, or saliva might still be a trigger for those who are most highly susceptible to allergens of this type.

No matter one's level of sensitivity, it would be wise to have a consultation with a doctor before taking any steps to adopt or bring a dog home or purchase a dog. It could also be beneficial to spend some time with the animal first just to see how one reacts after being close to the pup for some time. Once the puppy is brought home, the risks are easier to control if it is given regular baths.

While there are individuals who will prefer to spend hundreds of dollars in order to purchase their dog from a breeding facility, all types of allergy friendly canines are found in local shelters throughout the country. Among the most common dander sensitivity breeds are the Maltese, schnauzer, poodle, Shih Tzu, and Yorkshire terrier. As a rule of thumb, when purchasing a mixed breed like a Labradoodle or Bichon Frise, it is best to get one from a first generation litter for the best balance.

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