Which Breed of Hypoallergenic Dog is Right
for Your Family?
If you are looking for a hypoallergenic dog, you will have
many breeds to choose from. From smaller dogs like the Maltese,
to larger breeds such as the Greyhound, these dogs tend to shed
less, and do not product as much saliva or urine. When
researching dog breeds, you should keep in mind not only
whether they are hypoallergenic, but also which living
conditions they prefer, how they behave around children, and
how much care and maintenance they will need. Certain breeds
require constant companionship, while other breeds can be left
along all day while you are at work.
Smaller hypoallergenic breeds such as the
Poodle, Maltese, Labradoodle, and Bishon Frise require much
from their owners. Not only do they need companionship, they
will also need to be bathed once a month and will also need to
be brushed once a day in order to keep knots from developing in
their fur. While these dogs have shorter hair and no
undercoating, they may not be the best choice if you have small
children. Territorial and moody, these dogs will get upset when
they are competing with children for your attention.
Small to medium dogs that are hypoallergenic and will behave
around children include terriers, greyhounds, and the Mexican
hairless. These dogs have short fur or none at all and do not
shed as much dander as other breeds. If you live in a small
apartment, these dogs are the better choice. They do not need a
lot of room to run around in and they do not make too much
noise. If you need to leave these dogs for the day while you
are working or running errands, they will not be as nervous or
scared as other breeds.
Hypoallergenic dogs are usually the smaller breeds, even though
greyhounds come in a variety of sizes. Deciding on the breed of
dog will depend on your lifestyle and what you expect from a
pet. If you already have a pet, you will want to buy a breed
that will get along with other pets.
Typically, hypoallergenic dogs will live ten to fifteen years.
Many smaller breeds may experience health issues during this
time, but for the most part, the dogs make great pets for those
who do not have children or who do not have to travel for work.
Because these dogs are small, they will usually not be able to
reach couches, chairs, beds, or other furniture unless you help
them up. This will also reduce allergens that can cause an
Having your hypoallergenic dog groomed once every two months or
so will not only keep the dog looking its best, but it will
also help reduce the amount of allergens. Smaller dogs need to
be bathed once a month in order to keep them clean. Over
bathing will result in dry skin, so you should ask your
veterinarian for instructions on how to bathe small dogs.
Maintaining a clean coat and brushing your dog once a day will
help reduce the allergens in your home.