This week we’ve had a lot of you asking about hypoallergenic dog breeds.
Although no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, this week we’re going to be going through some of the top breeds that you can get if you are allergic to dogs.
Now, before we start on that subject, I’ve had a comment about how to stop your dog from wanting to eat everything. Quite a tricky one, I know when
I’m walking Albert to work he is literally just looking on the floor for any food he can possibly find.
He’s jumping up now because he heard the word food! So I’ve had a little look on the internet and I’m going to try a couple of different tricks this week so I will let you know next week what has worked and if anything is going to stop him from wanting to eat everything.
so lets hope we can use a trick or two that I teach Albert this week. So keep tuned for that.
Imagine not being able to have a dog because of an allergy, but the reality is that three in ten of us will suffer from an allergy to our furry friends.
So we’ve put together a list of five of the top breeds for allergy sufferers.
From dogs that have less dander, shed less or have no hair at all, there’s sure to be a breed here for you.
So number one – the Bichon Frise.
The Bichon makes an amazing family pet, he loves to play, he gets on with other animals and gets on with children. Now, I think these dogs look just like teddy bears,
they have white fluffy fur black noses and black eyes, so they really do look like a children’s toy!
They always seem to be happy and they make really gentle and affectionate pets. They don’t like being left on their own for very long though, so if you do have to go out and work all day they might not be the dog for you.
The main negative of this breed is that they are renowned with suffering from separation anxiety, so this is another reason why you shouldn’t be leaving them on their own for long periods.
They also need a lot of exercise, but the main upside is that the are great for allergy sufferers as their fur doesn’t shed like other dogs.
So our next breed is the Shih Tzu,
Which is a dog that you can rely on to make friends wherever they go. The Shih Tzu is a consistently friendly dog, and this is mainly because they have never been bred to guard, hunt or herd.
This dog is always going to be your loving companion, and they are a great family pet because they get on with children and any other animal.
Their distinctive looks are their hair, which grows out at all angles, and their underbite which makes them look like they are always smiling.
Many people mistake the Shih Tzu for a non shedding breed, but this isn’t technically true. The Shih Tzu has hair instead of fur, and they have a double coat as well, so when their hair gets loose usually it just gets caught trapped inside their coats.
This does mean that they are great for allergy sufferers, but it does also mean that you are going to have to groom them every couple of days to make sure that you get rid of all of their loose hair.
Our third breed is the Chinese Crested,
And although these puppies usually win the ugly dog contest, they are one of the most beautiful dog breeds to own because of their loving personalities.
They are very loyal. They are amazing family pets and they love spending time with us humans.
Even though they are a very athletic dog, their favourite past time is just curling up on the sofa with their family.
Don’t be surprised if your Crested has to sleep in bed with you under the covers, they get very attached to their humans.
Unfortunately this does mean that they have a tendency to suffer with separation anxiety, so this is going to have to be something that you think about before getting a Crested.
They don’t like to be left on their own for long periods of time, and they are going to whimper and whine when you leave them.
But because of the obvious lack of hair on this breed, they are perfect for allergy sufferers, but it is important to remember that there are different variations of the breed – like the powderpuff – which is very hairy so I wouldn’t go for that one.
Our fourth breed is the Schnauzer.
The Schnauzer’s unique and defining handsome look has made it a favourite with the breeders, who have now come up with different variations,
so there is the giant Schnauzer and the miniature Schnauzer.
This breed has been used as therapy dogs, search and rescue dogs and it’s all because of they have got a really intelligent personality and they are very eager to please.
The Schnauzer makes a great guard dog, as they were bred to be working farm dogs.
They have a much deeper bark and sound like a much bigger dog. The Schnauzer has a short, wiry coat which has a lack of shedding, and a lack of that doggy odour, so it is perfect for both allergy sufferers and proud house owners.
Our fifth and final breed is the Yorkshire terrier.
Now, although these are classed as a toy sized dog because of their small size, what they lack in size they make up for in personality.
These dogs need a lot of exercise and a lot of attention. The Yorkie is relatively easy to train because they are very intelligent dogs, however you will need to set the rules firmly and very early on as they can get very dependent and demanding. Their small size also means they are perfect for anyone living in apartments or smaller houses.
So for allergy sufferers you just need to make sure that you are getting a pure bred Yorkshire Terrier. When a Yorkie is pure bred, they don’t shed and they have a lot less dander than other dogs. But if you start mixing breeds, then you can;t guarantee non shedding dogs
So there you have it, our top five dog breeds. It’s really important for us to say that we do recommend spending time with any breed before you do get it as an allergy sufferer.
You need to remember that a dog is for life, and you don’t want to get it and then find out that you are getting an allergic reaction.
But we’re pretty sure that with this choice of five beautiful dog breeds, you’re going to find one that is absolutely perfect for you.