This is information I gleaned from the internet on Allergies and dogs.
Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds
What does "hypoallergenic" really mean?
There is no such thing as a non-allergenic dog.
What coat-type makes the difference?
There are two coat types that produce a lesser amount of allergens: single-coated dogs, who do not have a thick undercoat, and hairless dogs. However even hairless dogs can produce enough dander to to affect a highly allergic person.
Hair-less Dog Breeds
Some of Single-Coated Dog Breeds
Bolded are the breeds we own.
Regardless of claims you may hear regarding hypo-allergenic dogs, there is no such thing as a hypo-allergenic dog. Rest assured that any breed can cause an allergic reaction, because all dogs produce dander (shed skin cells) and all dogs produce saliva and urine.
It is a common misconception that pet hair is the allergen, and those seeking a pet with allergies often search for breeds that are supposed to be non-shedding. Interestingly enough, pet hair itself is not an allergen. Pet hair, however, does create a problem for allergy sufferers as it can collect dander, dust, and pollen. Allergies to dogs are generally caused by dander and saliva. (While urine is also a source of allergy problems, it often isn't a concern as long as the dog is going outside to do his business.)
Harmless proteins found in pet dander, saliva and urine - known as allergens - cause a reaction in allergy sufferers. A pet allergy ocurrs when the immune system experiences a reaction to these proteins, which can range from nasal congestion and sneezing, to skin rashes and serious asthma attacks - all dependent on the level of allergic reaction.
ALL Dogs produce dander, and there is NO SPECIFIC BREED which is allergy friendly or hypo-allergenic. Similar to the way some skin care products are labeled hypo-allergenic when they are simply expected to be less irritating to persons with sensitive skin, some dog breeds are labeled the same way. What this means, is that those who have allergies that are less severe MAY not experience a reaction to a lower dander breed of dog. This does not mean these dogs are non-allergenic, but simply means that those with milder allergies may be able to tolerate these breeds with a mimimal reaction.
Using an air purifier and a good vacuum may help keep the allergies down. Of course, bathing and grooming your dog frequently will help but some dogs can't be bathed to frequently because it causes dry skin problems.
Do research on different breeds of dogs, talk to breeders and a veterinarian to get all the information you need to help you find the perfect dog for you.
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