Non-shedding dogs have become a very popular choice among those who suffer from dog allergies. Certain hybrid dogs, such as Cockapoos and Labradoodles, are bred mostly for people who want to avoid the allergies that are thought to be associated with non-shedding dogs. Is it true that non-shedding dogs are really hypoallergenic though? Here are some of the things that you should take into consideration before adopting a hypoallergenic dog.
Most People Aren’t Allergic to Dog Hair
It is a common misconception that people are allergic to dog hair. According to Web MD, most people who suffer from pet allergies are actually allergic to pet dander, otherwise known as flakes of dead skin. Some people with dog allergies are also allergic to the pooch’s saliva or urine. Since saliva and pet dander allergies can be triggered by touching the dog’s hair, it is easy to confuse these allergies with reactions to dog hair. Having said that, some individuals may be allergic to dog hair, in which case a shedding dog may be a worse option.
Non-shedding Dogs May or May Not be an Option
Keep in mind that specifically dog breeds are not thought to trigger allergies more than other. In fact, according to Web MD, one Labrador Retriever might not cause you to experience any type of allergic reaction, whereas another one may. It generally depends on the dog’s levels of pet dander, as well as its saliva and urine and your own tolerance.
While some individuals claim that they experience less allergies when they are exposed to non-shedding dog breeds, others find that even these dogs can trigger their allergies. If you are thinking about adopting a new dog, it is important to not rule out shedding dog breeds automatically. Although some people may be less likely to tolerate shedding dogs, others may find that their allergies may not become agitated at all.
The best thing that you can do is expose yourself to the specific dog that you want to adopt as much as possible. Breeders and rescue groups will generally be more likely to understand your reason for doing this than pet shops will. After spending enough time with the dog, even if it is a puppy, you should be able to get a good idea of whether or not your allergies will become irritated.
Ultimately, it is important to keep in mind that the theory that non-shedding dogs are hypoallergenic is nothing more than a myth for many people. Unless you are actually allergic to dog hair, there is a good chance that even non-shedding dogs may trigger your allergies. Spending time with the dog that you are planning to adopt is the best way to find out whether or not it is a hypoallergenic option for you.
Web MD, “Dog Allergies.”