No, there is no such thing as an allergen-free dog or hypoallergenic dog.
Dogs that are classified or referred to as 'hypoallergenic', are dogs that generally shed less than other dogs. In fact, the main source of allergic reactions from dogs is from dog salvia, which can be spread by their dander material (shed from skin and fur particles).
All dog breeds may cause allergies, although some do not shed as much dander (and therefore allergens) making them more allergy-friendly to be around.
Some people (even though allergic) just want to have dogs around, and some methods people are known to use along with other preventative measures include-
- Washing their dogs multiple times a week
- Removing dander by using wet wipes or a damp towel around the house
- Using air purifiers/air cleaners to reduce dander
- Restricting the dogs to one area
Here are some dog breeds that are known to generally shed less than other dogs. These dogs can be options for people that choose to live with dogs and manage their dog allergies-
- Afgan Hound
- Portugese Waterdog
- Irish Water Spaniel
- Kerry Blue Terrier
Again, no breed of dog is completely allergy-free or hypoallergenic, but there are dog breeds like the above that are more friendly towards people with dog allergies.
The information provided on Allergy Life Australia is to generally educate and inform you about living with allergies, intolerances and conditions, and is not intended as medical instruction or as a substitute for diagnosis, examination and advice by a qualified health care provider.
DO YOU KNOW ANY OTHER DOG BREEDS THAT GENERALLY SHED LESS THAN OTHER DOGS?