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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Hypoallergenic hybrid dog breeds of the future

Hypoallergenic dog breeds
Hypoallergenic dogs are less likely to trigger an allergic immune response
Allergies can make a change in seasons absolutely the worst. Even while everyone else is enjoy the warm weather and the increased greenery and the lack of freezing snow and rain, spring and summer can, for someone with allergies, be a time where they spend even more time indoors than they did throughout the entirety of winter. More problematically, the change from winter to spring isn’t the only time allergies can hit you hard; pets are often far worse, as they’re around 24/7 and can really wreak havoc on your health! Yet what if you want a pet anyway? After all, dogs are awesome.

The answer

Fortunately, breeders have heard the call of those who suffer from pet allergies, and hypoallergenic dogs are increasingly popular choices for those who suffer from allergies, but who still want to own and raise a dog.  Allergy specialists across the world regular recommend that furry, dander-producing pets not be allowed into your home. There are breeds that are considered hypoallergenic because they produce very low levels of allergens, to the point that they will have little to no effect on the health of someone who suffers from pet allergies.
Hypoallergenic dogs produce few or no allergens
Some purebred dogs are hypoallergenic

Generally speaking, certain purebred dogs are ideal if you are looking for a hypoallergenic dog. Poodles definitely top this list; their curly coat means that they typically produce very few allergens, while their high intelligence makes them a very enjoyable companion in life. Other curly-coated dogs that are ideal for allergy-sufferers include Portuguese Water Dogs, Bedlington Terriers, and Bichon Frises, while hairless dogs such as the American Created, corded dogs like the Puli, and wirehaired dogs like the Jack Russell Terrier are all great for allergy-sufferers as well.

Getting what you want

What if you aren’t interested in the personality or other temperament issues that some purebreds have, or what if you want a particular kind of dog but they dog would create allergy problems for you? The answer, of course, is hypoallergenic hybrid dogs. These are dogs that are a mix between a non-hypoallergenic dog and a hypoallergenic dog. The ideal result is a dog with a coat that produces little in the way of allergens while maintaining the traits and personality of the allergenic parent.

Thus, if you want a Golden Retriever or a Husky or any number of other breeds that would normally trigger your allergies, you can find a hybrid of that dog and a hypoallergenic dog and ideally get exactly what you want out of your pet. After all, the advantage of a purebred dog is that you know what temperament and talents and skills and problems you will have to deal with when raising the dog; with a dog specifically bred to be hypoallergenic, you are getting the same thing, only now it won’t have you sick all the time!

Even if your hybrid dog is hypoallergenic, however, it will still be important for you to care for that dog’s coat regularly lest hair and dander gather on them and in your home and eventually cause problems for you. By keeping your dog clean, you will keep your home clean, and thereby minimize the amount of allergens that you have to deal with every day. By staying on top of your hypoallergenic dog’s hygiene, your pet allergies will seem to be a thing of the past!

About the author: +Neil Kilgore is a dog owner, dog lover and the Jack (Russell) of all trades at Greenfield Puppies in Lancaster Pa. He regularly blogs about puppies, breeders and dog care advice on the Greenfield Puppies website.

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