A hypoallergenic dog’s breed is a specifically bred dog breed which is said to be more suited to allergic individuals than are other types of dog breeds. Hypoallergenic dogs, also known as sensitive dogs, have fewer tendencies to develop allergy symptoms after contact with specific allergens. For example, a German shepherd’s likelihood to develop hypoallergenic dermatitis after contact with airborne pollens would be much lesser than the likelihood of a non-sensing dog developing this disease. However, hypoallergenic breeds of dogs can still potentially develop allergies to flea saliva, dust mite dust, and food. Thus it is important that prospective dog owners carefully research the potential allergies of their dog prior to choosing a breeder or adopting a particular dog.
One hypoallergenic dogs breed which may suffer from allergy-induced shedding is the Italian greyhound. However, despite its hypoallergenic nature, this type of dog does suffer from allergy-related shedding due to its bloodline. The bloodline of this breed of dog contains an amino acid called lagolinic acid. This acid is critical in the formation of collagen, the protein that provides elasticity in connective tissues. If the dog suffers from oligotrophic acidosis, or excessive amounts of lagolinic acid, the dog may develop skin allergy-induced dermatitis.
Many owners choose hypoallergenic dogs for the fact that they tend to shed less than other breeds of dogs. However, hypoallergenic breeds do still tend to shed. In fact, poodles shed more than the average dog. Most owners choose poodles because poodles tend to be easier to groom.
The coat of an Irish water spaniel is very luxuriant. This breed tends to shed more than other hypoallergenic dogs because the Irish water spaniel has luxurious coats that can sometimes become matting. Some people may look at a poodle as just another hypoallergenic pet because poodles are also fairly easy to groom. However, a poodle’s lavish coat can become a problem if the dog is not brushed regularly.
Hypoallergenic dogs tend to be a little easier to care for and groom. Many poodles will not need to be bathed more than once per week. They have hair that does not melt easily. Owners who choose hypoallergenic dogs are advised to purchase combs with small teeth so that the dog’s coat does not get caught between the teeth of the comb. A plush brush would be best for cleaning the coat of hypoallergenic dogs.
Many dog breeds have specific types of allergies. Hypoallergenic dogs are not commonly prone to the common allergy dermatitis, although it does occur in certain breeds. If your dog has one of these allergies, you may wish to consider another type of dog. These types of allergies often have different underlying causes. Your veterinarian will be able to advise you if you are unsure what is causing the allergies.