Best Dog Breeds for Pet Allergies

Best Dog Breeds for Pet Allergies

Those who suffer from pet allergies may think that bringing a hound into their lives is out of the question. After all, who wants to spend every waking second coughing, sneezing, and blowing their nose? Yours, of course, not the dogs! As a result, owning a dog may seem like an elusive dream until you hear that certain furry hounds are just perfect for allergy sufferers. Yes, you heard correctly; your dreams of owning a loveable hound may be about to come true!

Today's Mountain Hound blog will help you 'sniff out' the best dog breeds for allergies without subscribing to a lifetime supply of Kleenex. Plus, we'll look at what makes these breeds ideal for those wanting to avoid the itchy symptoms associated with pet allergies.

What are Pet Allergies?

A pet allergy is an allergic reaction humans have to their furry family members. This occurs because sometimes humans are allergic to the proteins found in a hound's saliva, urine, or skin cells. Most often, allergies are caused by the dander (dry flakes of skin) their pet sheds.

Unfortunately, pet parents come into contact with their hound's saliva, urine, and skin cells very easily. Think about it for a second. Dog bowls, even clean ones, have traces of salvia on them. Sometimes accidents happen, and cleaning up a hound's urine is very likely, especially when house training a puppy. Lastly, your hound's skin cells are literally every where in your home, from the sofa to the carpets, their bedding, leashes and even your favorite pillow.

Not that we're telling 'tails' or anything, but as our adorable hounds share everything with us (as they should), everything we own is likely covered in dander!

Symptoms of pet allergies usually include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Wheezing/ breathing difficulties
  • Asthma
  • Cough
  • Red/watery eyes
  • Postnasal drip
  • Congestion (nose)
  • Skin issues (eczema, itchy skin, hives)

Best Anti-Sneeze-Inducing Dog Breeds

The Poodle

Poodles are undoubtedly one of the best dog breeds for allergy sufferers as they have thick, curly coats that don't shed. Due to their hypoallergenic coat, poodles are highly recommended for those with allergies as they produce very little dander that could lead to an allergic reaction. However, you may need to groom them often to prevent matting.

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is another excellent option for pet parents with allergies. These small dogs have curly coats that shed minimally, similar to poodles. Aside from being playful, happy, affectionate dogs that make great companions, their hypoallergenic coat produces significantly fewer allergens, making them ideal for those with allergies.

Shih Tzu

The adorable Shih Tzu is another small dog breed perfect for adoring pet parents who suffer from allergies. These friendly dogs are known for their long, silky coats, which require regular grooming. However, their coat sheds minimally, resulting in less dander and less risk of an allergic reaction.

Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dogs are bred for swimming, making them a perfect choice for those who love the water. But besides their swimming abilities, they make great family pets, especially for individuals allergic to dogs. Like the Poodle, Portuguese Water Dogs have curly, waterproof coats that produce minimal dander, reducing the risk of allergic reactions.

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terriers, also known as Yorkies, are small breeds that are great for individuals with allergies. These little dogs have hair instead of fur, so they rarely shed, making them perfect for allergy sufferers. Though they require regular grooming, their hair doesn't produce as many allergens as fur.

Final Thoughts

If you have allergies but can't resist the allure of owning a pet, one of the above dog breeds could be perfect for you. These dogs are hypoallergenic, produce very little dander, and are easy to care for. So, what are you waiting for? Start your search for your furry family member today!

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