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Hypoallergenic Dogs – is there really such a thing?

No dog is truly hypoallergenic. People can be allergic to a dog’s hair, dander and even saliva. It is always encouraged to meet and interact with a dog you are interested in to see if you have a reaction to them. You may also develop a bit of resistance to your own dogs once they have been around you for a while. (It is not generally recommended by allergists to be in constant contact with your dogs at home if you have allergies to them!) The dog breeds listed below don’t shed as many breeds do. Their hair tends to only fall out when brushed or broken.

Any dog that is crossed with a poodle doesn’t make it hypoallergenic. The poodle fad right now with crossing breeds is supposedly because the poodle creates a mix that doesn’t shed. This is not true. Because there is no standard (according to the kennel clubs) for any of the poodle crosses, there is no consistency in the breeding. You can get 4 different dogs that look very different from the same parents. Some will shed and some won’t, depending on whether they got the poodle’s hair or the other dog’s fur.

Pictures are pulled from Google Images and list was sourced from Homes Alive Pets

Tibetan Terrier
Portuguese Water Dog
Bichon Frise
Scottish Terrier
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Kerry Blue Terrier
Irish Water Spaniel
Yorkshire Terrier
Shih Tzu
West Highland Terrier
Cairn Terrier
Bouvier des Flandres
Brussels Griffon
Chinese Crested
Border Terrier
Silky Terrier

Remember to always do your research into the breed you are leaning towards. Take into account their activity levels, grooming needs, potential genetic issues and the space you have for a dog.

Why is a dog good for my health?

We already know that dogs make great companions. Humans have lived along side dogs for many thousands of years. In many times or cultures, each species depends on the other for different purposes. But why is a dog good for your health?

Stay Active

Owning a dog encourages you to get out and do something! Not many dogs are content to be lazy all day. Some days, maybe, but not all day every day! Getting up and out with your dog keeps you both active and healthy!

Improve Heart Health

Studies show that having and caring for a dog is linked to lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol and decreased triglyceride levels. Each of these things helps to contribute to the health of your heart and contributes to the lowered likelihood of a heart attack!

Reduce Stress

Spending just a few minutes a day with a dog can help reduce anxiety and blood pressure. This little bit of time can also increase the levels of serotonin and dopamine which both help you feel happy. We would hope that you would spend more than just a few moments of your time with a dog of your own!

Help Prevent Allergies

You might be allergic to dogs, but having a dog (or cat) while your children are growing up is shown to help lower their chances of developing an allergy to their pets. Really young children might even benefit to the point of developing stronger immune systems!

There are many more ways that dogs help keep us healthy, but these are the most common ones! Make sure you get your dog out for their daily walks and interact with them throughout the day. They will love it and so will your body!

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