Of course, that’s true. I can claim so because I have a cousin who suffers from asthma. She had serious problems with animals but yet she was fond of them all. This led to serious trouble while she was small. She would cry demanding for a little puppy but for quite a long time, every time a puppy was brought for her she’d have her asthma attack. However, finally a poodle was brought for her and no such problem was encountered. Similarly, you might have come across many such living examples.
However, we can not under any circumstances claim that hypoallergenic breed is completely free of allergens. In fact, all dogs produce allergens. However, a hypoallergenic breed produces less allergen than the other breeds. Thus, we can say that it is actually the degree of intensity of allergen production which makes a dog hypoallergenic. Breeds known to produce less allergen as compared to the other breeds are termed as hypoallergenic.
Allergen is produced on the dog’s coat. However, more than that it is secreted in proteins found in the dander and saliva of the dog. This varies from breed to breed. The various factors which may contribute to allergen production are as follows:
Effect of size
Size is an important factor which may be used to determine hypoallergenicity. Smaller dogs will leave less environmental pollutants containing dog dander and god allergens and hence are considered hypoallergenic. This is due to the fact that there is less total body surface to produce allergens in small breeds. However, since all dogs produce saliva, there can be no complete escape from the allergenic proteins.
In reality, even hairless breeds have little dander. However, a breed that sheds less produces less dander and hence it is not likely for a small shedding breed to produce allergy for their owner. However, the large breeds that have access to outdoor environment may shed off pollution which may lead to allergy
During barking the saliva and dander are produced due to which we can say that excessive barking may contribute to high levels of allergen dispersals.
In order to ensure perfect health as well as a lifetime companion, we advise allergy sufferers to do their own research and talk to breeders. Below is a list of hypoallergenic breeds which we hope shall be helpful in your search. Wish you a good happy bonding.
Non-Shedding Dog Breeds
Coton de Tulear
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Irish Water Spaniel
Poodle, all sizes
Portuguese Water Dog
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Hairless Dog Breeds
Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican Hairless Dog)
Short haired, Single Coated Dog Breeds, with minimal shedding
Kerry Blue Terrier
Schnauzer, all sizes
Long haired Dog Breeds, with minimal shedding
Bouvier des Flandres
Long haired shedding dog breeds with minimal dander