Why Are Some Dogs Hypoallergenic?

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Why Are Some Dogs Hypoallergenic?

Dogs are man's/women's best friend for a reason. They are loyal, intelligent, and make great companions. But what if you're allergic to dogs? Fear not! There are many breeds of hypoallergenic dogs that can be your perfect companion. But why is this? Keep reading to learn more about these furry friends and find the right one for you!

With any debate, there are arguments for both sides. Studies have backed that the production of allergens can vary by breed, while others have concluded that there is no real difference in the production of allergens and the associated breed. However there are a few findings that most can agree on. 

There seems to be correlation between the length of dog hair and the amount you'll be sneezing! This is because dander and saliva remain on the dogs hair once shed, and typically, longer haired dogs will shed less, meaning less allergens living in your space. This does not mean short haired or hairless breeds get off scotch-free as all dogs produce dander and saliva. 

Dog allergies can also occur on a dog by dog basis. Research has shown that not all dogs produce the same proteins, which results in different allergens. Meaning, a person can be allergic to a specific dog, not a specific breed. 

So, if you're looking to adopt or rescue and allergies are at the top of your priority list, there is no guarantee on how you will react to a dogs dander. Below is a list of breeds that have shown to have lesser negative impact with human immune systems: 

Bichon Frise, Afghan Hound, Schnauzer, Poodle, Chinese Crested, Maltese, American Hairless Terrier, Irish Water Spaniel, Yorkshire Terrier, Bedlington Terrier, Shih Tzu, Wheaton Terrier, and the Portuguese Water Dog