Dog lovers love their furry friends, but they don’t love the allergies that come with them. If you are prone to allergies but want a dog, it might be wise to avoid some breeds which are known to increase allergic reactions in people.
Top Dogs With Most Allergens
As much as we love our fur babies, a life of misery from allergic reactions may be too much of a burden for many. Hair, dander, and saliva from dogs can all lead to allergic reactions in people. These ten dog breeds represent the top canines that cause you to sniffle, sneeze, and all those other itchy reactions you don’t enjoy:
With their smushy faces and outgoing personalities, it’s easy to see why pugs have won over the hearts of so many owners. Unfortunately, they can generate slobber and a fair amount of hair and dander to their house, as they shed year-round.
Similar to pugs, various bulldog breeds have skin folds around the face that can trap slobber, dust, and dander. Bulldogs can also develop allergies of their own, which contributes to greater itching, chewing, and scratching, which leads to more saliva and dander around the house.
Synonymous with the sounds of baying hunting dogs, these floppy-eared hounds can be great companions. They can also develop smelly ears and feet, as well as excessive saliva production. These conditions then contribute to their release of allergens into the home. A regular bathing and maintenance regimen may be in order.
The energy and excitement of a Boxer are one of the primary reasons their owners love them so much. Their personalities are often as big as their hearts, with countless families choosing this breed. As with other dogs who produce excess saliva, they are potentially a source of allergens, too. They also tend to shed year-round.
Dobermans, another short-haired breed, are exceptionally trainable dogs. Their intelligence and loyalty make them great choices for individuals or families. Their hair and dander can be an allergic trigger for many. Dobermans can also suffer from allergies themselves, possibly causing more dry skin to enter the house environment.
St. Bernards are best known as rescue dogs from the Alps. Their bravery and determination are legendary, as is their excessive saliva. Combine the drool with a long, shaggy coat, and St. Bernards can do quite a number on allergy sufferers.
Another dog breed with a long, thick coat, Huskies can add large amounts of extra hair to a household. These highly-intelligent dogs are excellent companions, as long as allergies aren’t a concern. Outside activities and living quarters, combined with regular brushings, may help to improve overall allergen levels.
German Shepherds are another intelligent and loyal breed, regularly seen working with people in military or police forces around the world. They are eager to please but can shed more than most breeds, which is a big problem for allergy-prone owners. Short-haired shepherds can also develop more allergies of their own. Like Dobermans, their allergic reactions contribute to the dander they produce.
As small dogs go, Pekingese are a beloved breed, small enough to hitch rides in purses and handbags. They are also coated in long fur, which is often shed. These pint-sized pups can also be a bit stubborn, regarding housetraining. Urine on their long coat can cause allergic flare-ups.
Rounding out our list is one of the most popular and well-tempered dogs of all; the Lab. Whether brown, black, or yellow, labs make great family and hunting dogs. They play as well as they relax at your feet. They often lick and chew their paws too much, which produces saliva. Their dense double coat can also produce volumes of hair and dander.
Although no dog can claim to be considered completely hypoallergenic, there are some breeds that seem to cause the least number of allergic reactions in their owners. Schnauzers, Maltese, and a number of Terriers are generally regarded as lower allergen producers.
One key factor seems to be the breed’s coat structure, as dogs with curly or loopy coats, such as Poodles, Portuguese Water Dogs, and Irish Water Spaniels, seem to shed less and produce less dander, too.
Clean Air = Clean Home
If you own pets but don’t want you or your guests to suffer from allergy flare-ups, it may be time to consider a new solution. With CritterZone technology, you’ll be able to reduce pet dust and dander, which contribute to allergies.
Using a CritterZone as a pet odor eliminator you’ll also significantly reduce or eliminate pet odors in the home.