Are you wishing for a dog to bring into your home for love and companionship, but worry about the impact of that dog on your allergies? Perhaps you have a child who is desperate for a puppy, but who is allergic to dogs. The good news is that a hypoallergenic dog breed can give you all the joy you want from owning a pet, and few or even no allergy problems.
Golden retrievers are one of the most popular breeds in the US, as well. They’re loyal, happy, easily trained and great fun. Are they hypoallergenic? Sadly, while these are great dogs for many homes, they are not well suited for homes where someone is allergic to dogs. They are not hypoallergenic.
What Is a Hypoallergenic Dog?
What does “hypoallergenic” actually mean when it comes to dogs? Really, it comes down to dander production. The less dander a dog breed produces, the less impact they will have on allergy sufferers. Dander is nothing more than dead skin cells that come off the body and float in the air, collect on the floor and on furniture, and more.
Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds
Before we go too far, understand that there really is no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic dog breed. All dogs produce dander to some extent, so all dogs will have some impact on an allergy sufferer. Even vaunted hypoallergenic breeds like poodles are not 100% allergy-free.
However, that does not mean that all dog breeds will have the same impact on your allergies, or those of your child. Breeds that have hair instead of fur will be the best suited for your home. The coats of these breeds grow more like human hair than like a coat of fur does, and will get longer over time.
Some of the breed options available to you include the following:
- Any true poodle breed
- Portuguese water dog/Spanish water dog
- Irish water spaniel
- Bedlington terrier Maltese
Care Considerations for Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds
Finally, while you’ll want to choose a dog breed that has a minimal impact on your allergies, or those of your child, you’ll need to know a few things about caring for hypoallergenic dogs.
The most important consideration is that they need much more frequent brushing, because their hair continually grows longer.
They will also need more frequent bathing. Interestingly, more frequent bathing and grooming can make a non-hypoallergenic dog like a golden retriever easier on your allergies by eliminating some of the dander responsible for allergic reactions in the first place.
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