What’s the Deal with Hypoallergenic Dogs?

A hypoallergenic dog is one with a predictable coat that doesn’t shed. Dogs that shed a lot expose their owners to more pet dander. The dander attaches itself to your dog’s hair, and it is what most people are allergic to when they have a pet allergy. While no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, some breeds are better for allergy sufferers because they have coats that don’t shed. Some of the dog breeds that are considered hypoallergenic include Afghan Hounds, Bichon Frise and Miniature Schnauzers.  

Many of the dog breeds that are hypoallergenic have coats that are more like human hair than regular dog fur. Keep in mind that consistent grooming is an important part of caring for your hypoallergenic dog. Be sure to purchase a dog hairbrush to take care of your dog’s hair between professional grooming appointments. You should also plan to wash your dog about once a week. Some kinds of shampoo decrease allergens. You can also wipe your dog down with pet-friendly wipes that include allergen diminishing substances.