If you have a love for animals, but also have allergies – this blog is for you! While there are no completely hypoallergenic pets (except fish), certain breeds of dogs or cats are considered hypoallergenic because they produce less allergens than other breeds.
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If you have your heart set on a dog, there are certain breeds that are considered allergy friendly. Portuguese water dogs are considered hypoallergenic because they shed very little and since they require frequent grooming, allergy-inducing dander is washed away more often. Other dogs that are recommended for people with allergies include poodlesand bichon frises, both of which have tight curly hair that helps contain dander. Like the Portuguese water dogs, they also require frequent grooming, which helps to control dander levels.
While the hairless sphynx cat isn’t hypoallergenic, some allergy sufferers may find relief in this breed since the lack of hair means they’re less likely to track in allergens from outside. Since the proteins in cat saliva can also cause allergies, no hair means less saliva is used for cleaning. Another option is the devon rex cat, which has less hair than other cats and may be a good option if allergies are mild.
Small mammals (e.g., hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, rabbits, chinchillas, mice and rats) make a good option for allergy sufferers, because of their small size and the fact they’re confined to one part of the house. Note that if you have an allergy to dander, you still may experience allergy symptoms with these pets.
Reptiles and amphibians
For people with severe dander allergies, reptiles and amphibians (e.g., snakes, frogs, turtles and lizards) may be the best option. While they’re not soft and fuzzy, these pets have been shown to have a highly therapeutic effect on pet owners.
Fish are perhaps the only 100% hypoallergenic pet since they’re confined to a smaller, wet environment. Watching fish has been known to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and reduce muscle tension.
Have no fear allergy sufferers! With a little research and some patients, you can still find your perfect forever friend!