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If your allergies are playing spoilsport in your dream of pet ownership, then you are not alone. 1 in every 10 people in the US is allergic to canines. The good news is that you can own a pet even if you are allergic reactions around them. Let’s take a look at hypoallergenic dog breeds that you can adopt.Do you have allergic reactions around dogs?
Most people think that it is the hair shed by dogs that aggravates allergies, when in reality it is the dander or dead skin flakes that cause it. Of course, if dust and other allergens settle on your pet’s fur coat then that can set off an allergic reaction as well. Swollen eyes, sneezing, stuffy nose and wheezing are some common signs of an allergic reaction. People who have allergic tendencies should look at adopting dog breeds that shed lesser. These dogs should be regularly groomed, preferably outside the house, so they do not shed the allergens indoors. It also helps if you dust and wash their bedding regularly, so it does not accumulate allergens or dander. Remove furniture that tends to trap allergens and dander.Hypoallergenic dog breeds
- Schnauzer: Schnauzers with their wire-haired coats shed lesser dander. You need to groom and bathe them often. Their double coat is to be clipped from time to time. They make good watchdogs and love their exercise.
- Poodle: Poodles barely shed any hair or dander. However, they do call for professional grooming. These energetic and smart dogs are a good pick for families that have kids. They are quick learners and can be trained easily.
- Chinese Crested: The Chinese Crested has two varieties powderpuff and hairless. They love human companionship, and are a great addition to homes with kids.
- Afghan Hound: These dogs are usually aloof and have a dignified disposition. They call for dedicated upkeep, to be bathed and groomed more than once a week.
- Basenji: The Basenji has a short coat that is easy to maintain. These pets are active and affectionate around owners, although they may come across as a little aloof around new acquaintances.
- Portuguese water dog: These dogs have a waterproof coat that demands regular grooming. This dog breed is typically energetic and active, making it a good fit for families who like exercise and being outdoors. These dogs are smart and docile, and can be trained easily.
- Maltese: These small dogs have a silky long coat that has to be groomed on a daily basis. Some owners keep the hair trimmed short, although these pets rarely shed. Maltese are playful, and make good companions for kids.
Dog breeds that you want to steer clear from if you are prone to allergies include Saint Bernards, Pitbulls, German Shepherds, Boxers and Boston terriers.