Authored by Jayant Row in Dogs
Published on 05-19-2009
A lot of people are allergic to dogs and this is what has made the quest for hypoallergenic dogs a new field for vets and animal lovers. The adoption of a hypoallergenic dog for the Obama children in the White house has given this more publicity in recent times. People with very severe allergies may still find it difficult to live with hypoallergenic dogs, but as a rule most people with similar allergies are able to tolerate certain breeds of dogs. These are referred to as hypoallergenic breeds. Such breeds can be crossbreeds and need not be pure breeds.
There is never any dog that can be considered to be 100 percent hypoallergenic, but there are certain breeds that are ‘low allergy’. Dogs that are hairless or have continuously growing hair are considered less hypoallergenic. However if you do suffer from an allergy to a dog’s saliva, there is no hope for you and you can forget about having a dog in your home.
It is said fifteen percent of people suffer from allergies to dogs and if you have one such person in your household, you could have problems in keeping that much loved dog as a pet. You can still manage your allergies if you see that the house is constantly vacuumed and your curtains and drapes frequently washed. Use of an air purifier can also help, but it is removal of the allergy causing hair and dander that can be most effective. As you can never be sure of the final breed of your dog, especially if he is a cross breed, you would do best to spend some time with the dog to ensure that you do not have an allergy to him.
All varieties and cross breeds of poodles are considered among the best of hypoallergenic dog breeds. Their coat is dense and heavy and can be wooly soft or wavy. They do not shed much hair, which therefore allows them to be considered hypoallergenic. They need to be given regular baths and should be clipped every two months or so.
Schnauzers, whether they are the standard, miniature or giant varieties are considered hypoallergenic. They are a very intelligent breed and also very alert and loyal with a strong sense of smell. Their coat being wiry does not require too much looking after and brushing daily with a short wire brush will reduce hair fall. It generally sheds little hair and its coat can be clipped twice year to get the best effects.
The Portuguese water dog has been made famous by its induction into the White House and is considered one of the most hypoallergenic of breeds. It favors water and is friendly, loyal and affectionate. The coat grows quite slowly and can be clipped every two months.
Other breeds that are considered hypoallergenic are the Basenji, Bedlington Terrier , Bichon Frise, Chinese Crested, Coton de Tulear, Havanese, Irish Water Spaniel, Kerry Blue Terrier, Maltese, Shih Tzu, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Xoloitzcuintli , and the Yorkshire Terrier