Welcome to Lesson 11

Non-Shedding Dogs and Dogs suitable for Dog Allergies

Would you believe that How to Choose Your Dog was inspired by dog allergies?

My original idea for a dog book was to help people with dog allergies choose a low allergy dog.  This was sparked by meeting a lovely lady with two Bichon Frises who told me she was severely dog allergic. When I did my research I found out just how many people were desperate for a dog and thought they could never have one.

But you probably can!   With my help you just might find the (low allergy) dog of your dreams.

People with dog allergies have very sensitive immune systems.  Your body views ‘normal dogs’ like a virus. This causes the symptoms which you experience if you are allergic to dogs.  The trick is to find a dog breed that doesn’t affect you this way.

Please remember, there are some people who are so severely dog-allergic that no dog can ever be safe. I knew a lady whose son would wheeze as soon as he got into a room where a dog had been, even if he didn’t know a dog had been there.  His reaction was extremely strong and life-threatening.

But if you have a dog allergy there’s a good chance of a dog to suit you!  I know a lovely lady for whom most dogs really affect her.  She met an ex-racing greyhound one day by accident, and never looked back!  She now has two ex-racing greyhounds and no allergy problem.  So don’t give up hope!

If you’re looking for a low allergy dog you first need to have some idea of really how dog allergic you are.  If you’ve never been properly tested for your dog allergy, try and do this first with a doctor or allergy specialist.  You also need to test under controlled conditions and ensure that when you do contact a breeder or rescue centre they know about the allergy.

Remember also that just because a breed is supposedly ‘low allergy’ does not mean it will work for you.  It’s about chemistry between you and that dog.  There are a lot of different dog breeds which do work for many people with dog allergies, but you are unique and it’s all about what works for you.

On that note, please remember what I said about Labradoodles. Labradoodles are much touted as suitable for people with dog allergies, whereas this is really not the case. The Poodle side of the Labradoodle is, but the Labrador side is not.  You could get all the allergy producing characteristics of the Labrador in your wonderful Doodle – and then have to return it.

The UK Labradoodle Trust has stated clearly

Many of them DO moult and they are NOT an ideal breed for allergy sufferers…..It’s a dangerous lottery and the severely allergic should, in the most part, stay away.

You can adopt adults from rescue centres but this is often less easy because of cross-contamination with ‘normal’ dog breeds.  Your best bet is a specialist breed rescue.

When I started researching low allergy dog breeds, I found a lot of poor, out of date or wrong information. I went back to basics by contacting Kennel Clubs directly and put together what I believe is the full list of possible pure breeds.

Here is a list of the dogs which leading national kennel clubs worldwide have listed as better for people with dog allergies.  Remember this is no guarantee of suitability – they all could affect you to some extent and also very differently.

The breed basics are listed below :

  1. Afghan Hound – Large, hairy, high exercise, possibly suitable for some first-time dog owners
  2. Airedale Terrier – large, wiry coat, high exercise, not suited to first-time owners
  3. American Hairless Terrier – medium, moderate exercise, suitable for first-time dog owners
  4. Australian Terrier – small, moderate exercise, suitable for first-time dog owners
  5. Bedlington Terrier – medium, curly coat, moderate to high exercise, suited for some first time dog owners
  6. Bichon Frise – small, curly coat, low to moderate exercise, suited for first time dog owners
  7. Bolognese – small, wavy coat, low to moderate exercise, suited for first time dog owners
  8. Border Terrier – small, wiry coat, moderate to high exercise, suited for first time dog owners
  9. Bouvier Des Flandres – large, hairy, energetic, not suited for first time dog owners
  10. Cairn Terrier – small, moderate to high exercise, ok for some first-time dog owners
  11. Chinese Crested (Hairless Variety) – small, low to moderate exercise, suited for first time owners
  12. Coton de Tulear – small, low to moderate exercise, suited for first time owners
  13. Dandie Dinmont Terrier – small, moderate to high exercise, suited to first time owners
  14. Fox Terrier (Wire Haired only) – medium, wiry coat, high exercise, not suited to first time owners
  15. Giant Schnauzer – large, highly energetic, possibly suited to some first time owners
  16. Glen of Imaal Terrier – small, moderate exercise, possibly suited to some first time owners
  17. Greyhound – large, soft coat, moderate exercise, suited to first time owners
  18. Hairless Khala – medium, moderate to high exercise, not suited for first time owners
  19. Havanese – small, low to moderate exercise, suited to first time owners
  20. Hungarian Puli – small, corded coat, moderate to high exercise, suited for first time owners
  21. Irish (Soft-Coated) Wheaten Terrier – medium, moderate to high exercise, suited for first time owners
  22. Irish Terrier – medium, moderate to high exercise, not suited for first time owners
  23. Irish Water Spaniel – large, high exercise, maybe suitable for some first time owners
  24. Kerry Blue Terrier – medium, moderate to high exercise, not suited for first time owners
  25. Komondor – large, corded coat, high exercise, not suited to first time owners
  26. Lagotto Romagnolo – medium, high exercise, maybe suited to some first time owners
  27. Lakeland Terrier – small, wiry, moderate to high exercise, maybe suited to some first time owners
  28. Lhasa Apso – small, low to moderate exercise, longish coat, suited to first time owners
  29. Lowchen (Little Lion Dog) – small, low to moderate exercise, suited to first time owners
  30. Maltese Dog – small, low to moderate exercise, suited to first time owners
  31. Miniature Poodle – medium, curly coat, moderate to high exercise, suited to first time owners
  32. Miniature Schnauzer – small, low to moderate exercise, suited for first tme owners
  33. Norfolk Terrier – small, moderate to high exercise, suited for first time owners
  34. Norwich Terrier – small, moderate to high exercise, suited for first time owners
  35. Peruvian Inca Orchid (Hairless) – medium, moderate to high exercise, rare, primitive dog, possibly suited to some first time owners
  36. Portuguese Water Dog – large, highly energetic, suitable for energetic first time owners
  37. Russian Black Terrier – large, energetic, maybe suitable for some first time owners
  38. Schnauzer (Standard) – medium, moderate to high exercise, suited for first time owners
  39. Sealyham Terrier – medium, moderate to high exercise, rare breed, suited for first time owners
  40. Shih Tzu – small, longish coat, low exercise, suited for first time owners
  41. Spanish Water Dog – large, curly coat, highly energetic, maybe suitable for some first time owners
  42. Standard Poodle – large, energetic, suited for first energetic time owners
  43. Tibetan Terrier – small, moderate exercise, maybe suited to some first time owners
  44. Toy Poodle – small, low to moderate exercise, suited to first time owners
  45. Welsh Terrier – medium, highly energetic, not suited to first time owners
  46. West Highland White Terrier – small, moderate to high exercise, suited to first time owners
  47. Xoloitxcuintle – Mexican Hairless – medium, moderate exercise, maybe suited to some first time owners
  48. Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie) – small, low to moderate exercise, suited to first time owners

If you just hate the idea of dog hair in all your soft furnishings, these dogs could work very well for you too.

Obviously with a dog allergy, you have a much smaller list of possible dogs to choose from.  But on there are dogs for all kind of people – large ones, small ones, medium ones, high energy ones, low energy ones, people-loving ones and more.  No matter what your lifestyle and needs, there should be something in this list that works for you.

But please remember, there are some people who are so severely dog-allergic that no dog can ever be safe.

Lesson 11 coursework

If you have a dog allergy, see if you can be tested by a doctor to assess how allergic you are before getting up close and personal with different dog breeds.

All this is in your soon to be received course book.

Nearly finished now! Look out for Lesson 12 in your e-mails!

Bev x

 

P.S. There’s a lot more I’m putting in the Ultimate Guide to help you through dog allergies and allergy testing, as well as all the non-shedding breed profiles you need. Drop your details in here to find out when it’s ready.

 

 

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