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What is a Hypoallergenic Dog

There are many people who love dogs and long for a pet, but suffer from allergies. Hypoallergenic dogs are great for allergy sufferers, because they either do not shed or shed very little, making them less likely to cause a serious reaction in owners. It is important to note, however, that there is no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic dog – the saliva and skin of a dog can still trigger an allergic event in sensitive people. It is recommended that those who suffer from pet allergies discuss their options with their doctor before choosing pet, and those people should always visit with a dog before adopting to gage any potential allergic reactions.

If someone in your home is allergic to dogs, it will be necessary to bathe your hypoallergenic pet regularly to remove dander and other irritants. Larger dogs will produce more dander than smaller breeds, and a dog that barks often will release more saliva and dander into to their. Close management of the dog's hygiene can help keep allergic reactions to a minimum.

Hypoallergenic dogs come in all shapes and sizes, so there are plenty of breeds to choose from. Whether you are looking for a large dog, small dog, a companion for a child, or a dog to accompany you on runs and hikes, there is a hypoallergenic breed that will fit the bill. Unfortunately, many dogs in shelters are mixed breeds, so there is no way to determine whether or not those pets are hypoallergenic. If you’re looking for a hypoallergenic breed, it is best to consult with a breeder or to work with a breed-specific rescue group.

If you’re interested in learning more about a hypoallergenic breed to suit your needs, visit our Hypoallergenic Breed Center to learn more about the personality, history, temperament, and health predispositions of these breed to help you select the right pet for your household.

List of Hypoallergenic Dogs