Thinking about buying a family pet, Allergy Friendly Dogs do exist

Jacob and Milo

You wouldn’t disown a family member over allergies, but many families forego their puppy parenting dreams to keep the family allergy free. Not all dog breeds trigger watery eyes and sneezes, however; some shed less, have less dander or don’t have any fur at all!

If you love animals but hate allergies, you may be tempted to spring for a pricey hypoallergenic pet. However, the only pets proven to be hypoallergenic have scaly skin—like iguanas and snakes. But let’s also keep it real not many of us moms, this one especially, wants a creepy crawly snuggling in her bed.  That said, if you’re dead set on a furry pet, here are a few that are tested—but not proven—to be better for people with allergies.

In consultation with our allergy specialist we narrowed down the best dogs available to us to help us make that big leap into owning a dog all our children could love. We wanted this dog to become a fully integrated part of our home and family, not only was he there to love unconditionally but he was there to provide a sense of responsibility to our kids and help my Benny overcome his fear of four legged creatures. I came from a home were we had dogs my whole life and I found that from an early age I was not afraid to go to friends who had dogs, I was also exposed to their unconditional love and the warmth they added in your winter bed. But that is another discussion for another blog….

We personally went with a Miniature French poodle (Black) he was so cute and full of spunk, somewhat like my little boys. Meet Milo and my allergy baby Jacob. The love and bond between them is amazing to see.

If a breed is not listed here, it does not necessarily mean the breed is not a good dog for allergy sufferers. I am sure there are many more breeds that I am just not aware of. There are also many hybrid dogs (A hybrid dog is not a BREED; it is a hybrid, which means it is a mix of more than one purebred dog) that may also work for you, especially the Poodle mixes. Take extra care when adopting a hybrid that only has one hypoallergenic dog in the mix. Pups within the same litter will vary in type.

Please note: One person’s allergies may vary greatly from another person’s. People can be allergic to dog dander, dog saliva, and/or dog urine. This is a list of dogs that generally have low dander. It is always wise to visit the dog to see if you are allergic to it before you commit. Just because a dog is listed here does not mean it will be good for you personally. This is only a general reference of dogs that are often good for some people.

Sometimes it may appear that a person is allergic to a dog, when it is not the dog they are actually allergic to, but what the dog is exposed to for example: a person who is allergic to dust mites. They may have a reaction when they are around a dog who sleeps in a dog bed that is dust mite infested. The dust mite feces gets onto the dog’s coat and the dog carries it to the human. When the dog is taken out of the mite invested environment it will no longer give the person an allergic reaction.

Hypoallergenic Dogs:

  • American Hairless Terrier
  • Airedale Terrier
  • Bergamasco
  • Bichon Frise
  • Bichon Yorkie
  • Cockapoo
  • Doodleman Pinscher
  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Maltese
  • Malti-Poo
  • Miniature Poodle
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Native American Indian Dog
  • Peruvian Inca Orchid
  • Polish Owczarek Nizinny
  • Poodles
  • Poos
  • Standard Poodle
  • Standard Schnauzer
  • Toy Poodle
  • Welsh Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier

Let me know what types of animals your family has and any tips you have for our fellow allergy families.

The more we know the more we share only to become more AWARE !!

Chat soon

Chantal xxx

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