There are three main differences between the hypoallergenic dogs and the non-hypoallergenic dog. They are not huge differences, but they are enough to help people with allergies be able to own a dog. Many people love dogs, but can’t remain in the same room with a dog for any length of time. Their allergies will not allow it. The only hope that a person with allergies may have in owning a dog may be purchasing a hypoallergenic breed of dog. Though these dogs do not eliminate all allergies, they do reduce the number of allergy attacks suffered by people with allergies.
The first difference in hypoallergenic dogs and their non-hypoallergenic counterparts is the amount of hair that is shed. The hypoallergenic dog has little or no shedding. Their fur tends to be tighter and less dense which causes it to have less dander as well. Pet dander is a combination of skin cells, dust, and other particles that fly through the air and cause people to have allergic reactions. While the non-hypoallergenic dog has a thick undercoat to protect him from extreme temperatures, the hypoallergenic dog does not. This thick undercoat tends to make a dog shed his hair constantly and also traps dander and other allergens.
The hypoallergenic dog salivates less often than the non-hypoallergenic dog. A dog’s saliva contains bacteria that may cause allergy attacks. A person may also be allergic to dog urine because it also contains bacteria that may cause allergy attacks in some people.
The hypoallergenic breeds tend to have shorter hair length, though there are some breeds that have long hair that doesn’t shed. These dogs’ hair has the qualities of human hair in that it does not shed as frequently as non-hypoallergenic dogs. Though they are less prepared for cold temperatures, this makes them the ideal dogs for people with allergies. Some breeds, such as dogs of Mexican origin, have no hair at all. If this type of dog develops dry skin, seek a prescription or a lotion from a vet.
The following breeds of dogs are considered to be hypoallergenic. They all have their unique sizes and dispositions. You will need to investigate each breed to see if it will fit into your particular lifestyle.
Maltese, schnauzer, terrier, Bishon frise, greyhound, Irish water spaniel, and Portuguese water dog. There are other breeds, but these are the most popular. You should have no problem finding a breeder in your area.
You will find most hypoallergenic dogs to be friendly and have a long life span of 12 to 15 years.They make wonderful companions for adults and children.