If you suffer from dander allergies, chances are getting a dog hasn’t been your first priority. However, by choosing a hypoallergenic breed, you will likely breathe easier and have less risk of sneezing and watery eyes, yet enjoy the pleasures of owning a pet. Hypoallergenic breeds are largely free of allergens.
People are most allergic to the saliva dogs produce as well as the dander found in their coats. Because no breed is completely hypoallergenic, dogs with hypoallergenic coats still shed and produce saliva, but much less than other breeds.
In order to avoid or lower allergic reactions to dogs, your dog should be bathed and groomed regularly. You also should vacuum your home regularly and consider installing an air filter.
It’s important to test your allergies to find the root of the problem before ruling out a dog completely or subjecting yourself or your family to only a dog with a hypoallergenic coat.
Hypoallergenic dogs will still bring the outdoors into your home. Keep this in mind if you are allergic to pollen or grass, or have sensitivities to other outdoor exposure.
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