Do you suffer from allergies but have kids that are just begging for a dog? If so then rest assured, you can still have a dog. There are breeds that have consistent, predictable coats that do not shed and produce less dander. • Dander, which is attached to the hair, is what causes most pet allergies in humans. In addition to these hypoallergenic breeds, there are lifestyle changes you can make at home to help ease symptoms for allergy sufferers. Here are some tips for those allergic to dogs. American Kennel Club
Pick a hypoallergenic breed: The American Kennel Club recognizes 11 breeds that are considered hypoallergenic:
• Bedlington terrier
• Bichon frise
• Chinese crested
• Irish water spaniel
• Kerry blue terrier
• Poodles (toy, miniature or standard)
• Portuguese water dog
• Schnauzer (miniature, standard or giant)
• Soft coated Wheaten terrier
To see a complete list of these breeds, visit akc.org.
Keep your house clean: Keeping the environment you live in clean is an important part of easing allergy symptoms. Make the bedroom a dog-free area. This will limit the amount of exposure the allergy sufferer actually has to the dog. Next, you should try and vacuum daily, as well as mop hard floors and dust with a damp cloth. This will help prevent you from stirring up settled allergens.
Reconsider fabrics: Certain fabrics in the home may be more or less likely to hold pet hair and dander. For example, wood or tile floors and leather or vinyl furniture will be easier to clean and less likely to hold onto hair and allergens than carpeting and upholstered furniture. You should also try and avoid fabric curtains.
Groom the dog frequently: Keeping up with grooming your dog with controlling allergies in mind can really help ease reactions.