Small dogs are more hypoallergenic than other bigger breeds. There are several reasons why it is so and the amount of shedding hair as well the volume of allergen proteins are the crucial ones. Small dogs are far easier in taking care of, have shorter hair and are likely to shed less. So the math here is simple:
- Small dog – small coat area – fewer allergens produced
- Small dog – less care needed – easier to bathe
- Constant bathing – less shedding – less allergy
- Thinner coat – less dandle – less allergy
- Small dog – cannot reach furniture – leaves less dandle
Since small dogs cannot climb on couch, bed and other furniture you are less likely to meet dandle wherever you are in the house; all the shedding remains on the floor only. Small dogs like own dens and holes – they prefer sleeping in a crate or bed that can be easily washed. Moreover, if you have clean floors – wooden, for instance, instead of carpets you may reduce the exposure to allergens dramatically and will also spend less time when cleaning.
Small dogs have no thick undercoat with rare exceptions; their coat is thin and hence is easy to take care of. Another possible allergen vessel is the saliva. Small dogs drool but not as much as bigger do.
If you want to get a hypoallergenic small dog, consider these ten breeds:
- Bichon Frise
- Cairn Terrier
- Chinese Crested
- Coton de Tulear
- Fox Terrier
- Toy and miniature poodle
- Shih Tzu
- Yorkshire Terrier
However, when speaking about hypoallergenic dogs, it’s hard to tell exactly which breed is the best for you. Scientific researches show that even small dogs from the list above can cause allergy and scientists cannot tell why some people suffer from hypoallergenic dogs while other people with dog allergy can feel better when being around the “ordinary dog”. It seems that there is no connection and pattern according to which we could recommend you buying one breed and not any other. The list of ten small dog breeds is based on many reviews presented by actual owners that claim to have less allergy response, if any.
Preventing Allergy Reaction
Allergy can be fatal and this is why before getting a hypoallergenic dog, you should find out whether it is so. First of all, find a breeder and visit his kennel several times in order to find out whether you show any reaction or not. Also, you may test yourself for allergy to find out what things exactly are likely to cause it. Why is it necessary: firstly, you learn to know what or who to blame for and secondly, you can change your lifestyle or environment to prevent any allergy from happening. Sometimes, owners that blame their dogs for allergy do not know that it is the pollen from the park brought by the dog is the culprit. In order to evaluate your predisposition to constant sneezing and coughing, visit http://acaai.org/allergies/treatment/allergy-testing to learn much about the allergy testing procedures.
Prevention is the best opportunity to fight allergy. There are seven ways to reduce the allergens’ preponderance in your habitat when speaking about you owning a dog:
- Regular grooming: no matter the thickness and length of the coat, you should do this step. The often you groom your dog, the less dandle it is likely to collect and release onto your carpet and your laps.
- No bedroom access! At least one room where you spend almost half of your life will be allergy-free at all times.
- HEPA filter. A great air cleaner that catches much of the dander.
- It’s better be done at least once per week. And it can be even more helpful if you have no carpets at home.
- Washing hands. The best habit that a man can ever have! Wash hands every time after petting with your dog.
- Omega 3. Not for you – for dog only. By including fish oil in your dog’s diet you help to sustain its coat in perfect condition will less dander to release.
- Shots against your allergy is still an option that we would say is very popular. Visit your doctor to consult on what shots are the best for you.
Hope this short article will clarify you this popular “hypoallergenic dog” trend from the point of view the help they bring to their owners.