Hypoallergenic Medium Sized Dogs
Do you love dogs, but have allergies? If you have a smaller
home, a medium sized hypoallergenic dog might be perfect.
Hypoallergenic dogs have a tendency to create less allergic
reactions because of an absence of fur or a very low amount
compared to most pets. There are a few breeds that fit into the
criteria. The Spanish Water Dog, the Bouvier des Flandres, and
the Mexican Hairless are all medium sized, hypoallergenic dogs
that work great for families and singles alike.
If big, friendly, shaggy dogs are your
thing, the Spanish Water Dog is a good fit. They resemble the
sheep dog on the Warner Brothers’ Looney Tunes cartoons. The
dogs live for playing, swimming and even working. When
acclimated correctly, the Spanish Water Dog is a great playmate
for children. If you have a pool or live near an ocean or lake,
the Spanish Water Dog lives true to its name. They love
swimming. As for the work aspect, these dogs have natural
herding instincts and are excellent guard dogs. These dogs do
require a lot of attention, so be ready for that. They must be
exposed to other dogs and/or children between the ages of two
to twelve months if they are to fully accept being around them,
otherwise they can become aloof or guarded around them.
The Bouvier des Flandres also fits into the hypoallergenic
shaggy dog category. This strong built breed is traditionally
used for hard work such as cattle and sheep herding, pulling
carts, and police or guard dog work. Along with their strong
work abilities, they are generally gentle and protective of
their adopted families. Even former United States President,
Ronald Regan, chose this breed for a pet. Their thicker hair
makes them great dogs for outdoor work and play in colder
climates. Be ready to take care of the Bouvier des Flandres if
one is added to your home. Maintenance on these dogs thick hair
(not fur) does require brushing weekly and visits for a trim
every six to eight weeks. This dog can be prone to both voluvus
and bloat syndromes because of their deep chests. They can also
be very strong-willed and intimidating animals when they feel
strongly about something, especially when going after cats.
Proper discipline is a must when owning a Bouvier.
The Mexican Hairless, also known as the Xoloitzcuintle or Xolo,
is an extremely rare breed of dog. They range in weight
anywhere from ten to fifty pounds and are almost always
completely devoid of hair; they resemble dogs seen in Egyptian
Hieroglyphics. Some of the Xolos do sport a very thin coat of
hair or have various amounts of hair on their heads or bodies.
They have been bred for over 4000 years in Mesoamerica (between
central Mexico and Costa Rica). Although not recognized by the
American Kennel Club, the Mexican equivalent does recognize
this breed. The dogs are hard to find in Mexico and even harder
to find in the US because they were considered next to extinct
prior to the 1950’s.