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Dog Breeds for People with Allergies

June 14th, 2018

I found out I’m allergic to dog hair!! Me?! The owner of multiple dogs, dog groomer, boarding kennel owner?! My entire life revolves around dogs!

Since I was about 5 years old I’ve suffered from really strong allergies to grass pollen. I’m happy to say it’s getting much better with age, however, I was always a bit snotty and have to have a tissue with me all the time. It’s a bit annoying but I’m used to it now.

A few years ago my mum told me about something called Bioresonance therapy. It’s a very complex topic so I don’t want to write about it, as I don’t know enough, but what I do know is that the amazing machine called BICOM can find out what you’re intolerant to, what you’re allergic to, where there is inflammation in the body, etc. As I mentioned earlier, to my big surprise, I found out that I’m allergic to dog hair!! After a few lifestyle and diet changes both my allergies became less prominent … and I didn’t have to swap my dogs for hypoallergenic breeds! 😊

Hypoallergenic Welsh Terrier Rosie

Apparently, hand stripped terriers are hypoallergenic and I know a few people who can’t have breeds like Golden Retrievers and Border Collies for example, but can easily cope with breeds such as Welshies, Airedales, and Lakelands.

People use the term ‘hypoallergenic breed’ for breeds that are more compatible with people with allergies and I even read a research article that claims that allergen levels vary in individual dogs more than in the actual breeds.

I also think (from my experience) that sometimes we can get a reaction that depends on what is in/on the dog’s coat. This time of the year when I have a dog for hand strip, and that means, I hand strip before bathing, I get all sneezy from the excessive amount of pollen in the dog’s coat. If it is a scissored or clipped breed, I bath it before the styling and everything is fine.

According to my online research the most suitable breeds for people with allergies and asthma are:

1/ Poodle

2/ Yorkshire terrier

3/ Miniature Schnauzer (Standard and Giant are not mentioned which is interesting)

4/ Shih Tzu

5/ Havanese

6/ Maltese

And others …

What’re your thought on this? What breed do you have, and are you affected by seasonal allergies?

 

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