Allergy sufferers often run into trouble when around dogs. If you’re a dog lover that bursts into a sneezing fit or asthma attack when you’re near Fido, you might think you could never own a dog yourself. Allergy attacks are due to a protein found in pet hair dander, urine, and saliva.
Now, if you’re also looking for a medium-size dog — say between 30 and 50 pounds — that narrows the list further.
Although no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, several breeds come pretty close; so close, in fact, that the AKC considers the following the best breeds for allergy sufferers.
- Kerry blue terrier
- Lagotto Romagnolo
- Portuguese water dog
- Soft coasted wheaten terrier
- Spanish water dog
- Standard schnauzer
- Xoloitzcuintli (aka Mexican hairless dog)
How Can You Tell If You’re Allergic to Dogs?
You can visit an allergist and have a skin test, which will help you determine whether you are allergic to dogs, plus a slew of other allergens. A less expensive or intrusive method, however, is to visit someone you know who has the breed of dog you are thinking about adopting. If you do this, you should avoid touching your eyes and face after touching the dog; wash your hands thoroughly with soapy water after petting the dog.
Dog allergy symptoms are similar to any allergy symptom: rashes, runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, coughing and wheezing.
Even though the breeds listed above tend to be better pet options than other breeds for allergy sufferers, there are a few practices that can further reduce the chances of you suffering allergy issues with your pet.
- Keep the dog’s bedding washed.
- Remove carpeting and drapery that tend to trap dander.
- Regularly wash rugs (get machine-washable rugs).
- Don’t allow your dog to sleep in your bed (good luck with that).
- Use a vacuum designed for pet hair to clean floors and groom your dog.*
*BarxBuddy PSA: Don’t take a vacuum to your dog’s coat unless the vacuum cleaner is rated for that purpose!
Tips for Reducing Shedding from Dogs
Most importantly, you must regularly groom your dog. This includes brushing your dog’s coat (if he has one) with the proper tool, like the BarxBuddy self-cleaning dog brush. Routine bathing will further keep your dog’s dander and your allergies in check. Although trimming your dog’s nails with the proper tool like the BarxBuddy nail clippers and keeping your dog’s teeth cleaned won’t help you much in the allergy department, they’re grooming essentials that will keep your dog happy and healthy.
Whether you’re looking for a family dog, one that can handle apartment living, or won’t cause you to sneeze all day, these medium-sized dogs prove the best family pet comes from the middle.