Hypoallergenic dogs: is this your dog?

When we talk about hypoallergenic dogs, we mean that they have a lower or lower tendency to cause allergies or allergic reactions among allergy sufferers.

It has been estimated that about 10% of the US population is allergic to animals (American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology). Symptoms of reactions can range from watery eyes to dangerous asthma attacks.

The problem is not in the pet’s hair. It’s dander, or microscopic flakes of dead skin (similar to, but much smaller than dandruff on the human scalp) that pets constantly shed, that’s causing it. They are so small that you rarely notice them moving through the air or on furniture and carpets because they are so small.

Here is a list of hypoallergenic dogs. If I have missed any, I apologize.

  • american hairless terrier
  • basenji
  • border terrier
  • cairn terrier
  • Chinese crested (hairless)
  • Havana
  • kerry blue terrier
  • Maltese
  • miniature schnauzer
  • portuguese water dog
  • Shih Tzu
  • Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • spanish water dog
  • standard poodle
  • standard schnauzer
  • tibetan terrier
  • toy poodle
  • west highland white terrier
  • wire-haired fox terrier
  • yorkshire terrier

Remember that no dog is 100% hypoallergenic and also that allergy sufferers react differently to each breed of dog. For West Highland Terrier owners like myself, the news is good. They are considered good for allergy sufferers, with relatively low risk (ranked #7). However, you must remember that one person’s allergies can vary greatly from another person. It is always advisable to visit the home of the dog you wish to have, before bringing it home. I hope you found this article useful for you.

good health and happiness

(Disclaimer: Any information contained on this site relating to various medical, health, and fitness conditions of Westies or other animals and their treatments is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for advice provided by your own veterinarian. You should Do not use the information contained herein to diagnose the health of any animal. You should always consult and verify with your own veterinarian or veterinarian.)

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