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What dogs are best for allergies? Answered by Samantha

petdr
May 4th, 2001, 08:58 PM
Question:

What breeds of dogs are best to have if allergies are present?

Answer:

Firstly, there is no dog that is non-allergenic. It is a myth that dogs with short hair are non-allergenic.

What people with allergies are allergic to is a protein that is found primarily in the saliva and urine.
When the dog (or cat for that matter) grooms itself by licking its fur, it is placing the allergen on its coat where the particles become airborne and find their way throughout your house....and into your lungs.

So if you are allergic or your kids are allergic to dogs or cats DO NOT GET ONE.

It's not fair to the allergy sufferer or the animal that will eventually be given away.

If you already have a dog and develop allergies there are some things you can do.

The best solution for your physical health would be to remove the pet from your home. However many people with allergies (it all depends on how severe) do live reasonably well with their pets save for the occasional sniffle.

If you do have allergies and are living with pets here are some things you can try;


Do not let the dog enter your bedroom. You sleep 8 hours a day there. Minimize the allergens that can get into this room.
Get some kind of ventilation system that exchanges the air in your house with fresh air from outside.
Vacuum frequently
Wash your pet frequently (ask your vet for a schedule for your breed)
Have someone who is not allergic brush your pet OUTDOORS as frequently as possible.
Wash your hands after handling the pet


These steps should reduce but not eliminate the amount of allergens present in your home. They may lessen your allergic symptoms but they will not eliminate your allergies.

Hope that helps

Samantha
Dog owner and breeder for over 20 years

Prin
July 11th, 2005, 01:39 PM
This should be a sticky. :)

Tracy Martinez
July 13th, 2005, 01:41 PM
There are also products that can be found at pet-stores for allergies. I've used a liquid that you put onto a cloth and wipe over the animals fur. It keeps the allergens from flying off. It actually works quite well. :thumbs up

Dragonfly
July 13th, 2005, 01:45 PM
This should be a sticky. :)

Good Point!

Prin
July 13th, 2005, 11:46 PM
Stickies stay at the top of each forum. Threads gradually fade away... (you'll notice this one won't change places ever). Stuff that is of general interest and is information that people should always read goes in a sticky.

Sneaky
July 14th, 2005, 02:36 PM
Hi,
I just wanted to ask a question regarding this post.
I was of the understanding that some breeds of dogs were
considered "HypoAllergenic" such as Poodles, Bichon Frise,
and Yorkshire Terriers (my mom in law says yorkies are hypoallergenic, however I do not know this to be true myself).
Is this a myth, or is it because the hair type is different and therefore
is less likely to cause allergic reactions?
I personally cannot think all people would be not allergic to these
breeds, as there is no concrete rule about allergies and every person is unique.
However, In regards to refusing to purchase or keep an animal because
of allergies, I will say this- I have 2 cats and a dog, and am allergic to all
of them, the cats the worst. However, allergy pills are 10 bucks for 30 days worth, and that is a heck of a lot cheaper to me, than getting rid of my pets.

White Wolf
July 14th, 2005, 02:42 PM
Dogs with hair have different fur and different dander than other dogs. You may be allergic to one type and not to the other, but that is rare enough to consider it a myth.

Hogansma
July 15th, 2005, 01:36 PM
Just thought I'd add a comment, nothing scientific. I am highly allergic to puppies, all puppies, bathed or not. When my puppies get their adult hair, my allergies almost disappear. This happens when they are about 10 months old (give or take a bit). There are a lot of people who love dogs but know they are allergic and think they can never own a dog. I would recommend looking at a small, fully mature dog and of course doing test visits before ever bringing one home on a perminent basis. Bathing the dog and feeding a good quality dog food is important too so they don't get smelly. Most SPCAs are flexible and can work with you on this. I am a happy owner of 2 dogs and with both, my allergies and asthma were terrible during the puppy stage. I actually looked forward to going to work so I could breathe!

Tracy Martinez
July 16th, 2005, 06:35 PM
I can't remember where I heard this but someone told me bathing dogs alot makes them smell worse. Brings out the natural "wet dog" smell.

Prin
July 17th, 2005, 12:19 PM
My BF is the opposite- he is really not allergic to puppies, but adults are terrible for him. Lucky ours stayed puppies forever.. :D

soccerbabi67
August 11th, 2005, 09:53 AM
my dad and sister are both almost severely allergic to cats and we just got a cat bout 2 years ago and in the beginning it was horrible to them but they eventually got used to it...if you have kids that have an allergy to a cat or dog and they want one and you want to give it to them do it because they will grow used to the animals dander.....i swear.......

Prin
August 11th, 2005, 05:22 PM
I find allergies get better when the person allergic gets the animal as a baby and as the adult fur gradually grows in, they get gradually used to it. ;)

robsug
August 11th, 2005, 10:59 PM
Excuse me but I am allergic to dogs, well to be exact the hair on dogs. I am allergic to many things. My vet reccomended me getting a poodle, since they are wool and will not trigger my fur allergy. I've had him for 12 years now and he's still going. I've not once had any reaction from him, what a great pet he has been.

StaceyB
August 11th, 2005, 11:18 PM
I had understood that there are specific breeds that don't produce dander, or very little. Two of these breeds are the poodle and soft coated wheaten terrier. These breeds grow hair very similar to ours. Almost all short coated breeds produce this dander, though it is not the hair that you are allergic to. There is also the saliva that many with allergies will react to regardless of having a non allergetic breed, such as the poodle. The dogs saliva that I tend to react to are from the diggers. If a person with allergies reacts to a breed that is classified as non allergetic is usually allergic to their saliva. In some cases the allergic reaction has nothing to do with the dog, it may have come in contact(hair) with some other allergic source by brushing by it, or rolling etc.

Prin
August 12th, 2005, 01:52 AM
Robsug, did you get the poodle as a puppy?

I don't believe that people who are allergic to dogs are all not allergic to poodles, etc. I believe there is a slim chance they may be allergic to one and not the other. I can't find too much science about dander in dogs, but I can say from personal experience that my old man was allergic to only poodles when he was younger. That would mean the dander would be different, not just lower in quatity.

(I had posted a story, but Kandy posted it already in the news section, here: http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=18303 )

Dog Dancer
August 12th, 2005, 04:24 PM
When my son was quite young he was disagnosed with allergies (mild) to cats, dogs and dust. All three of which were in abundance at our house. My mother asked me if I was going to give my son away :evil: Lucky for me I kept them all and the son's allergies were never a severe issue - we were lucky.

Lizzie
August 12th, 2005, 05:13 PM
I think the gist of Samantha's post is that it is not safe to say that a particular breed is entirely hypoallergenic. Some dogs just happen to be less reactive to people prone to allergies.

Saying that a specific breed is 100 per cent hypoallergenic for everyone can cause problems if people buy them and then turn out to have a reaction. As one poster already mentioned, everyone is unique and will react differently to each breed, so we cannot safely call these breeds hypoallergenic, as that would be a misleading statement.

robsug
August 12th, 2005, 05:36 PM
I got the poodle as a puppy.
I'm alergic to most other dogs and cats apart from a poodle, so it must be something to do with them.
I'm not saying they are 100% hypoallergenic but they are definatly an improvement over other dogs.
If you find you are allergic to dogs then I would reccomend seeing if you are allergic to poodles aswell.

Prin
August 12th, 2005, 05:59 PM
See, that was my original point. It might be the poodle you are not allergic to, but it might also be the fact that you had the dog with puppy fur that slowly developed into adult fur full of dander giving you the ability to adapt to it slowly.

Roxy's_MA
August 12th, 2005, 06:55 PM
Well I know my Mom is allergic to cats. She will become immune to a cat after living with it for about two months. She is fine with her own cat, but other peoples cat's really bother her. Her eyes swell shut.

Because of this I think people with allergies can become immune to certain pets (Dogs or Cats). It may have to do with how severe your allergies are.

dutchiesmom
August 17th, 2005, 02:13 AM
i just wanted to say i am a highly allergic person to all animals. It doesnt matter whether its cat, dog, horse, cow, chicken. A year ago i took 2 cats in as rescues as the people that had them were moving away and couldnt take the cats so instead of putting them down we took em in. Then one day while surfing the net i checked out the local SPCA and found they had a shih tzu. We have had him for a couple of months now and i havent had a problem with him at all....... the only time it does bother me is when he gets out of the bath. I can comb him down and nothing happens to me. I suggest that anyone that is allergic like i am to try the shih tzu out. Now with my 2 cats they are shedders and im HIGHLY allergic to them. I love them and wont get rid of them thats why right now im really sick due to my allergies and i am on shots twice a month with no help from em not even pills help me out. Oh well we have a right to live so do the animals and its worth my being sick to see them alive and playing.

Prin
August 17th, 2005, 02:45 AM
Something like 2/3 of pet owners who are told by their Drs to get rid of their dog because of severe allergies DON'T, and of those who keep the dog, 90% get another dog when the first dies.... :D

Shannon1215
August 19th, 2005, 02:08 AM
My sister is slightly allergic to her golden and would never dream of giving her up. She suffers with a smile, I guess (I don't blame her, Zoe is an angel -- I've never met such a sweet, gentle creature in my life). My boyfriend has pet allergies and oddly is fine around our golden (maybe he's developed an immunity to her dander by this point), but he's allergic to Zoe (it might help if he didn't feel the need to lie down and snuggle with her every time he sees her, but that's neither here nor there :) ) and also sneezes up a storm around other dogs at training. I've noticed that's he's fine around certain breeds (ex: daschunds, Wheatens) but miserable around others.

My brother is also allergic but refused to give up his dog when he was a kid and spent 17 happy years with her. I guess it depends on whether you're willing to put up with the hardship.

Poe
September 2nd, 2005, 09:21 AM
Thanks for the suggestions on how to help deal with allergies. I've only recently discovered that I have allergies because I had a miniature schnauzer growing up and have mainly been around poodles since then. I recommend these dogs for those with mild allergies. It's important to remember, as others have pointed out, that hypoallergenic is not the same thing as nonallergenic.

I find that pets with short, stiff hair, are the worst for me. This is a bit counterintuitive, but short-haired cats and dogs are worse for me than silkier breeds.

I'm looking into the portuguese water dog as a future pet. If anyone has any experience with these dogs, please post.

pitbulliest
September 27th, 2005, 12:43 PM
If you have allergies, bathing your dog every three or four weeks helps...plus, your dog won't smell :)

There are also injections that you can take with the actual allergen over a period of time....it causes your body to become decensitized to the allergen...some people with severe allergies have tried this and it has worked...to the point where they now own dogs and cats...but where choking and having asthma attacks a year or two back...

don't know much more about it though...maybe ask your doc.

Cool Surfer
January 23rd, 2006, 06:39 AM
I find allergies get better when the person allergic gets the animal as a baby and as the adult fur gradually grows in, they get gradually used to it. ;)


Ya , I agree, and somewhat related to this is what I feel ... that animals
can heal /stop a disease process also. I think they can even sniff cancers.
I have a link to it, if someone wants, will send it . :)

Bushfire2000
January 23rd, 2006, 11:34 AM
I have Shih Tzus and Shih Tzu crosses. I find that their fur is very different from my Border collie cross or other dogs that I've had. It is very close to human hair in texture and when they need a hair cut their hair drifts off in little clumps like feathers. I do keep them clipped fairly short all year round but that's to avoid matting and burrs not an allergy solution.

Prin
January 23rd, 2006, 01:59 PM
Ya , I agree, and somewhat related to this is what I feel ... that animals
can heal /stop a disease process also. I think they can even sniff cancers.
I have a link to it, if someone wants, will send it . :)
There's another thread on the cancer sniffers.. Here (http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=22966&highlight=cancer)

I think in a way, animals are like laughter for illnesses. They change the mood, the perception and the attitude, which can do so much.

Arctic Wolf
August 2nd, 2006, 12:22 PM
Just thought I'd add a comment, nothing scientific. I am highly allergic to puppies, all puppies, bathed or not. When my puppies get their adult hair, my allergies almost disappear. This happens when they are about 10 months old (give or take a bit). There are a lot of people who love dogs but know they are allergic and think they can never own a dog. I would recommend looking at a small, fully mature dog and of course doing test visits before ever bringing one home on a perminent basis. Bathing the dog and feeding a good quality dog food is important too so they don't get smelly. Most SPCAs are flexible and can work with you on this. I am a happy owner of 2 dogs and with both, my allergies and asthma were terrible during the puppy stage. I actually looked forward to going to work so I could breathe!
Hi, Can the person who posted above contact me on **
I have 3 dogs which I have never had a problem with but have just bought a malamute puppy and I have never been so allergic in my life. I can't work out if it is hayfever or puppy fur. I am not allergic to dogs so I don;t understand this, but I haven't stopped sneezing in the last 3 weeks. My eyes are fine, it's just my nose. I have never heard of just being allergic to puppies, so it would be interesting to see if anyone else is having the same problem as I am.

Prin
August 2nd, 2006, 12:27 PM
Puppies are definitely different than adults as far as allergens go. If your puppy scratches you does it puff up disproportionately?

Arctic Wolf
August 2nd, 2006, 12:35 PM
Hi, no it doesn't puff up if I get scratched. Malamutes and huskies are supposed to be more hypo allergenic than many other breeds, so not sure why I am like this. It is summer and it could be hayfever, but I have not havd hayfever since I was 14 years old, so I am thinking that it must be something else. I am allergic to cats and was looking to see if malamute fur was like cat fur at all.

Arctic Wolf
August 2nd, 2006, 12:37 PM
P.S/ Just logged on to this forum and have uploaded a photo, but it won't come up on my posts. Any advice?

Prin
August 2nd, 2006, 12:47 PM
I've never heard anything about mals and huskies being less allergenic than anybody else- most of what I've heard is actually that they cause more allergies than most dogs..:o

For the pic, there's a good explanation from lewisw here: http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=22373&page=9&highlight=share
post #268

marko
August 2nd, 2006, 03:35 PM
I believe Prin is correct (often is).

I've never heard anything about mals and huskies being less allergenic than anybody else- most of what I've heard is actually that they cause more allergies than most dogs..

There's really no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. But some dogs do seem to cause less allergy problems than other dogs. As far as I know Mals and husky's are NOT in that category.

Arctic Wolf
August 3rd, 2006, 11:50 AM
Quote:
"Their fur is soft in texture, odorless with no doggy smell, and appears not to bother people who are allergic to dogs." - Sled dog central

"siberian huskies have little doggy smell and are not one of the most allergy-causing breeds" - sherekan.com

I could go on and on. I read numerous websites about these dogs before buying one and the breed was suggested for poeple who are normally allergic to dogs, as the fur is of a different type. Yes it is long, but I also own a Samoyed with 8 inch shedding fur and a keeshond with 5 inch shedding fur for the last 8 years and have never had a reaction from these.
I think the point I was originally trying to ask was about puppy fur, not husky fur in particular. I was simply referring to mals and siberians being less allergic due to the websites suggesting their fur is not of the standard doggy type. Of course there will be poeple allergic to dogs no matter what, but I am not one of these poeple having already owned several all my life.
Thanks

Prin
August 3rd, 2006, 01:44 PM
Is there anybody who isn't relying on these dogs for profit that is saying they're hypoallergenic?

Doggy smell isn't the cause of allergies in humans. It's dander. You can't smell dander (usually). You can have the least smelly dog ever and it can still be sending off a lot of dander.

Maybe the best person to ask is a husky rescue. If they lie about the dogs being allergen-free or even reduced, the dog comes back and has to be rehomed again.

Angies Man
August 17th, 2006, 07:48 PM
I guess I'll put my 1.8 cents :usa: (2 cents :ca: ?) in. (That's not a comment about the exchange rate, btw :) ) I'm allergic to a lot of things, lucky for me not dogs. But I am allergic to most cats, most of the northern tree fruits & some nuts--I get that horrible scratchy mouth and my throat can close during severe reactions--after a lifetime, I have the remedy.

But it's funny, with apples, some varieties make me react much more strongly, some hardly at all. I can't eat a mushy apple, either, but crisp right off the tree mostly doesn't bother me. I don't understand why I can eat a Granny Smith (and most of the year, too) but a slightly past ripe Mac or Jonathon, etc. sends me to the meds cabinet for the benedryl (tastes terrible when you chew on the capsule to get a topical application inside your mouth!) And lord help me if I get a little juice in one of my eyes!

Except that they ARE different varieties. Some are more allergenic than others--just like dogs and cats.

I've found Poodles--I admit I like the personality. The Poodle Brain, one of my friends calls it. But one of the most attractive things about them for me is their coverings (is it fur? hair? I dunno.) I've had Labs, Collies, Danes, an Eskie, Peekapoo, a Shepard--all of them made me want to wash up after handling them. Lots of skin oil in the fur--the thing is that the Poodles I've had don't feel that oil, and looking in their hair, there is very little flaked off skin. And, of course, I control the length of my dog's hair--they don't shed, so without periodic maintenance they get messy and matted.

For the person asking about the Portuguese Water Dog, I've met a couple--the fur is very comparable to Std & Min. Poodle fur. The ones I've met were very nice doggies, friendly and outgoing. Stature of the ones I met were sort of inbetween the Mini and the Std. at about 35 to 40 pounds. I understand that may be smallish. The black ones I met were very Poodle-like. If one came into my radar for a rescue, I'd have probably have one (not looking for another dog, tho.) :rolleyes:

And my experience has been that the shorter haired varieties have oilier skin--maybe that's because the fluffier furred dogs do a better job of absorbing oils into the fine guard hairs?

ChancesMom
August 31st, 2006, 01:21 AM
My bfs niece has very bad asthma and the 2 girls had wanted a dog for a very long time.

Their mother found out about wheaton terriers being a possible choice due to their non shedding coat. Gradually she was able to introduce her daughter to the breed so that they could see if she could be around the dog and as it turned out, she was fine and they finally got their dog!

I am told that although wheaton terriers do not shed like other dogs that they still do shed dander and they, of course, have saliva, which is a trigger for some peoples allergy so if one is considering a dog they should find a way to spend a considerable amount of time around the breed before bringing home a puppy or a dog so as not to have to "let the dog go" down the road as it is not fair to the dog or the human... too many emotions on both sides.

rainbow
August 31st, 2006, 03:16 PM
"siberian huskies have little doggy smell and are not one of the most allergy-causing breeds" - sherekan.com

I don't know about the allergy part but siberian huskies definitely have very little doggy smell. :D

TooDogCrazy
September 10th, 2006, 01:25 PM
I agree a lot with what the other post said, but I think there are degrees of allergic reaction too. Just depends on how much you love dogs and how much you're willing to put up with. I've been allergic to dogs all my life, but I've always had them too -- indoors.

I do take pains to wash them frequently (and it doesn't hurt the dogs' coats at all) but it sure is hard on me to keep enough towels around and to go thru the pain of having to drag, push, pull and cram a big St. Bernard's rear-end in my bathtub (who is unwilling to go) -- thats the hardest part for me!

I also think keeping them out of your bedroom is a good idea. And you could try some of the "Allerpet" products, which is supposed to neutralize the proteins in the saliva of the animals (cats or dogs). (I also have two cats in our household). I also vacuum frequently. I have many people tell me when they come to visit that they can never tell that ANY dog is in the house, so I think its a tribute to how much you want to keep....I will do anything & everything to keep my animals close to me, but thats just me.

Now, I just recently got two new puppies (Labradoodle and Goldendoodle) who are supposed to shed less, but we'll see. I figure it couldn't hurt anymore than my other dogs anyway (St. Bernard) but I'll be curious if my allergies bother me less with two of the poodle cross-breeds. They are sure goofy puppies -- I have never even known anyone before who has a poodle so I wasn't sure what to expect but they're just so comical acting. I'm going to have to read-up on that breed I guess. I've had plenty of exposure to Labs and Goldenretrievers and these two puppies are very curly (more of the poodle in them) so I guess that means personality wise too)

Sorry this first post got to be so long -- I'm new to this forum and glad to be here!

Anita
Rochester, MN

Halves
October 25th, 2006, 10:48 AM
I recently picked up a Spanish Water Dog (very rare breed, cousin to Portuguese). He is 9 weeks and I have had him for 5 days. He is one of these purported "hypoallergenic" breeds that has wool like a Poodle and does not shed a single hair. Since having him I have been sneezing, coughing and short of breath. He is so wonderful and I am too attached and can't fathom giving him up.

Does anyone know if the puppy hair is worse for allergies than the adult hair? What can I do to minimize it since everything I read seems to be a hoax when studied by actualy Vets. I have two air purifiers going and I am taking Claritin which doesn't seem to do anything but make my mouth dry.

Thanks!!

Prin
October 25th, 2006, 09:29 PM
Puppy fur is different from adult fur, but everybody I know is allergic to adults and not puppies... :o Not sure what you can do but try to keep your immunity up and maybe build up a resistance to it. :o

I guess you'll be the first one around you screaming from the rooftops that there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog.:shrug:

mojo&morgan
January 5th, 2007, 06:21 PM
I can only speak for myself, but I have terrible dog allergies, and got a bichon 2.5 months ago and he doesn't bother me at all.... however one time I got him groomed and they sprayed him with some kind of perfumed hair conditioner and I broke out in hives.....

saya
January 29th, 2007, 08:20 PM
I used to be alergic to the fur of cats and dogs as a child.I had to take some medications and today i do not have problems with my dog or other pets.

It is very strange i think that these medications helped me and i do not have this problem anymore. Because i have not read anyone of you having a similar experience.

i really loved this site if there are any errors in my english :sorry: :sorry: .I hope that i will improve them.

Crestedcrazy
April 29th, 2007, 04:24 PM
I would just like to say that for anyone looking for a dog that is less likely to cause allergies and of course if you like the looks then a Chinese Crested or other hairless dog such as Xolo's or AHT's may be an option! :)

I have a hairless crested and a coated (powderpuff) Crestie and both are supposed to be "hypoallergetic" well about as close as you can get really since no dog is truely that way!

I am lucky though and don't have any allegies to animals so that wasn't the reason I got this breed but it's a definate plus if ever in the future My grandbabies have allergies :laughing:

mydogs
May 11th, 2007, 02:47 PM
yes it's true that fur is and allergen, BUT most dogs that have HAIR not fur, -Poodles,Yorkies MIKI'S etc.our allergy free. There are also a new breed of cat that is guaranteed allergy free but you will pay dearly for it.Most cats are allergens because they lick there coat much much more then a dog and yes it is the saliva that causes the allergy.

Prin
May 11th, 2007, 07:45 PM
Actually, no dog is allergen free. They may have different fur, but it can still cause allergies. Some people are allergic to only the dogs with hair and not the furry ones. :shrug:

shazzy 4
January 10th, 2008, 07:59 AM
dogs that are best for allergies are bision fies,poodles and anything crossed with a poddle.like a cockerpoo labradoddle,because they dont shed there fur.

phoozles
January 10th, 2008, 12:40 PM
Also, a lot of people are allergic to the dander not the fur, so it doesn't matter what type of fur your pup or potential pup has.

buxomdiva
January 15th, 2008, 09:57 PM
I was surprised at the post from the breeder insisting there is no difference from one breed to another as far as allergies go. The Canadian Kennel Club website says differently! Although that site does not specify breeds, wikipedia does. Here's the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypoallergenic_dog_breeds

Hope this helps!

ghislaine
January 16th, 2008, 12:37 PM
Amreican Eskimo are great dogs for allergies. They have 2 different coats, one like persian fur the top coat is like human hair. Good Luck

littlesuki
February 21st, 2008, 09:15 PM
:thumbs upQuestion:

What breeds of dogs are best to have if allergies are present?

Answer:

Firstly, there is no dog that is non-allergenic. It is a myth that dogs with short hair are non-allergenic.

What people with allergies are allergic to is a protein that is found primarily in the saliva and urine.
When the dog (or cat for that matter) grooms itself by licking its fur, it is placing the allergen on its coat where the particles become airborne and find their way throughout your house....and into your lungs.

So if you are allergic or your kids are allergic to dogs or cats DO NOT GET ONE.

It's not fair to the allergy sufferer or the animal that will eventually be given away.

If you already have a dog and develop allergies there are some things you can do.

The best solution for your physical health would be to remove the pet from your home. However many people with allergies (it all depends on how severe) do live reasonably well with their pets save for the occasional sniffle.

If you do have allergies and are living with pets here are some things you can try;


Do not let the dog enter your bedroom. You sleep 8 hours a day there. Minimize the allergens that can get into this room.
Get some kind of ventilation system that exchanges the air in your house with fresh air from outside.
Vacuum frequently
Wash your pet frequently (ask your vet for a schedule for your breed)
Have someone who is not allergic brush your pet OUTDOORS as frequently as possible.
Wash your hands after handling the pet


These steps should reduce but not eliminate the amount of allergens present in your home. They may lessen your allergic symptoms but they will not eliminate your allergies.

Hope that helps

Samantha
Dog owner and breeder for over 20 years

:thumbs up.:dog: Thanks people need to know this with all the so called new no allergy dog/ cats that people are falling for and spending big $$$$ on I tell my new clients this all the time just wish some of them would listen.

catladytabby
February 28th, 2008, 07:00 PM
i have an Maltese she non -shedding coat .but she still cant not be around some people with allergies because of her saliva and dander .

ROD
March 26th, 2008, 08:54 AM
My wife developed a minor allergy during her first pregnancy while we had a long haired cat. We found the cat a good home at the time. 9 years later we got an Abasynian that does not bother her 90% of the time.

We got ourselves a standard poodle 9 months ago, he's now 11 months old. My wife has had no problems with him around our house and he sleeps in our bedroom next to me on the floor. Even after 4 months of not having a hair cut, there is no problem. He's about 84 lbs and he is great with my kids who are 6 and 9 and they have no allergies either, not that they had them before.

My father has a medium long haired dog that when he is at our house for a few hours visit, my wife doesn't seem to show any allergy symptoms. However, when he's at our house for a few days when my folks go out of town, she gets congested and some runny eyes. He was picked up from a shelter about 10 years ago. he's a different dog, different fur, and he sheds.

bearlasmom
May 8th, 2008, 07:23 PM
although there is no such thing as a hypoallegenic dog, i have never heard of a husky being a close run for one. they have a layered coat so i wouldnt say they would even come close. the only dogs i know that would come close to hypoallergenic are the following:

chinese crested, (cute little things),
american hairless, long hair chihuhua (they d not have fur ,they have hair.),
mexican hairless, yorkie (they have hair as well instead of fur, Schnauzer,

i hope this helps.

breavery
May 28th, 2008, 08:37 AM
I know this post was old but I thought I'd add my :2cents: from experience...
we are a family of allergies to dogs (and short haired cats)... my dad, my sister, me and now my young daughter... Over the years I've taken in several dogs s... every one of them bothered us to some extent.. the Boxer and the Husky were the absolutely worse by far but they all bothered us to some degree. Well, I've always wanted a small dog.. so last year I got a Shih Tzu.. and none of us are bothered by her :thumbs up . I can actually rub my face in her hair and I'm not bothered! My daughter and my Dad have severe allergies.. severe eye swelling, itchy throat, etc... so before I got my Shih Tzu I brought my daughter anywhere I could find a shih tzu.. had her pet them, play with them, etc.. we visited about 6 different shih tzu dogs (pet stores, shelters, friends) to ensure she would be okay with a shih tzu..
And yes, although allergies vary from one person to another.. I'd say a Shih Tzu is one of the safer bets... any reputable breeder or shelter will allow you to visit and spend time with the dog before you get it.. visit them, tell them about your allergies.. interact with the dog.. don't bring it home the same day... wait to see if it bothers you...

richardstarkey
January 9th, 2009, 07:30 PM
Personally, I've always had dog allergies, and yet our maltipoo has never set me off. There again, my allergy triggers off of saliva, not the fur. She doesn't seem prone to licking herself all day long, so the shedding isn't covered in what would set off my allergies.

I don't know that a short haired dog will necessarily be less of an allergy problem, but one that doesn't drool or lick as much seems to make my life easier.

Hope that helps!

winchley
January 19th, 2009, 02:36 AM
I suffer from bronchial asthma and pet allergies, but am more sensitive to the dander than fur. Our last dog was a bichon. We had him bathed at the groomers monthly and my husband took care of his grooming needs in our home. If we kept our house clean and he stayed off of beds and furniture my allergies rarely bothered me. Near the end of his life, though (he passed away last spring from liver cancer) he spent more time cuddling on the couch, was more hesitant for baths and slept with us on our bed. I handled it with benadryl and more aggressive asthma treatment and we got by.

It was well worth it and we are considering adding a puppy to our family once again. That being said, regardless of claims my allergies have not done well with poodles, terriers or pugs (all of which were promoted to us as "allergy free"), but it could have been due to infrequent bathing (huge key - get a someone outside of the home to do this).

If you do choose to add a dog to your family my best advise would be to visit the breeder and rub your face in their fur a few times. Just don't take the kids with you.

lUvMyLaB<3
January 19th, 2009, 02:45 PM
I don't think I would put terriers or pugs in that category... The difference between what people call "hypoallergenic" ot not, is if they have hair, or fur. Some breeds like the shih tzu, bichon, poodle. ect, have hair that grows contstantly, like ours. Other breeds have fur, one hair grows, another grows under it and pushes the first one out, i.e. they shed.. It is a myth.. It is fantastic that people find breeds that don't bother them but I think that these breeds should just be classified as sheeding and non shedding, leaving the allergenic out. The common allergen is dander, a protein in the animals slaiva, that when dried becomes airborne, and breathed in. Therefore hairless dogs, like the chinese crested, and xolo(don't wanna spell the rest but it sounds like showlowitzquintly, lol!) are not hypoallergenic either...

Some people are just having good luck finding breeds that they can live with and I think it is just luck. There are also people that do not have allergies but use it as an excuse to not look evil when they want to give up their dog. Otherwise there could just be something else they are allergic too. Either way it is not fair to classify any breed as being non allergenic, because they can still cause reactions.

MaddyCakes
December 23rd, 2009, 02:30 PM
I know this is an old thread BUT I had to put my 2 cents in as well.....

First off, if you are having trouble breathing, do not kid yourself, allergy medicine may not always help or it may be too late...your safety comes first, please get help and advice from a medical professional immediately!

My own allergy history:

Age of 2 diagnosed with many allergies (citrus, chocolate, house dust, etc.) and by age 5 diagnosed with animal allergies (dogs, cats, farm animals, etc). My animal lover parents had to give up our 2 cats and dog for my sake!

I have found over the years that my allergies have changed a lot. I am not severely allergic to many foods anymore, sometimes I get itchy hives, but these are more an irritant versus an allergy.

I am still severely allergic to cats and horses. My throat starts to swell, itch and close and I start having trouble breathing. I carry an epi-pen at all times because of this. I sadly can only be around cats for 15 minutes before my eyes itch, get red, start swelling and then within 2 hours my throat is closing and I need to leave.

Dogs are a different matter. I find every single individual dog is different to me. I have dog-sat for and been around numerous dog breeds now and I find I react differently. Its an very individual thing.

I am now living (the first time in 25 years) with an animal- a bichon/shih tzu cross. It has been good. My eyes itch and turn red occasionally and I very rarely get hives.

It sucks to have allergies but you need to learn there signs and symptoms and choose to live with or without animal accordingly. Some severe allergies are life threatening!

Thats all!! ha ha

eturner
July 13th, 2010, 11:48 AM
Having Schnauzers, I get asked all the time if they are hypo-allergenic because they don't shed. The answer is simple, there is no such thing as truly hypo-allergenic, some dogs will cause less problems because they shed much less hair and dander, but no dog can claim to be actually hypo-allergenic. While dogs like schnauzers and poodles don't go through seasonal sheds and need to be groomed as the hair continues to grow in the same way that human hair does, you will still find hair in the home on a regular basis. Mind you, now that menopause is setting in I sweep up more of my own than the pups:shrug:
I have placed a foster in a home with a family who had a person who was allergic to dogs and she did tolerate living with a schnauzer quite well but that will not be the case for everyone with allergies.

Jumajum
September 22nd, 2010, 01:51 PM
I'm in the camp that says that different people react differently to different animals.
What you might not be allergic to somebody else might be. If you do want to have a pet, and you or a family member are allergic, it's up to you alleviate the situation. This means spending time on grooming and maintaining the pet and the home.

My husband is allergic to dogs and cats and he is also an asthmatic. There was much discussion about the allergy reducing protocol that would have to be imposed in order to make it work for us.

We planned on getting a rescue dog but ended up with a pair of puppies. I use Allerpet weekly and I brush them every other day outside. There’s also anti-allergen shampoos on the market.
I also have a HEPA air filter running in the living room where they spend most of their indoor time. They are not allowed in the bedroom or my husband's office. Largely because the rooms still have carpet and partly because they're a mess:o

So far, the husband says that the allergies haven’t kicked in. They’re all over him, kisses and snugglies. We’re keeping our fingers crossed.:fingerscr

lovepet
March 27th, 2012, 01:43 PM
Hey Doc...
thanks a lot for such a nice and informative post

You know I am asthmatic and as a result, allergic to cats and dogs
but still own a dog :p

but took much care while touching and patting him
but this post of yours gives me much info and knowledge
now I am going to have some more research on this topic so can better work with my pet :)

Thanks

boxyandrexy
July 13th, 2012, 02:20 AM
I should say, I have two boxers which have short hair and my son Sam is still allergic to them. :shrug:
I have used some products but nothing works like vacuuming EVERY DAY! and it's not fun...

Anomoley
December 2nd, 2012, 09:37 PM
This is GREAT information!

My husband's been allergic to dogs his entire life, and he does just fine with our (non-"hypoallergenic") Cavalier.

I believe this is because we got the dog as a puppy, and the hubby's immune system had a chance to adjust... and also because I bathe the dog weekly, keep our place immaculately clean (vacuum every 2 days), and we also don't allow the dog in the bedroom.

Where there's a will, there's a way... between the meds available to take care of human allergies and the dander reducing products for pet care, I really don't see a reason for anyone to ever have to give up their pets because of allergies. Extra time and care? YES. But it's always worth it!!