Dog allergies can be a living nightmare for sufferers, with symptoms ranging from sneezing and a runny nose to potential breathing difficulties and shortness of breath. Displaying these symptoms may put a lot of people off of getting a dog, but it is possible to keep a pet pup while also being allergic. As well as taking certain steps to help minimize symptoms and side effects, there are certain breeds that are described as being hypoallergenic.
All dogs produce the protein that causes allergic reactions, but those that shed less or have no hair are considered hypoallergenic because they produce less of the protein, and less of it will come into contact with their owners. The Miniature Schnauzer, despite being so well known for its distinctive, long facial hair, is a light shedder, which means it is considered a hypoallergenic breed.
About Miniature Schnauzers
The Miniature Schnauzer is a German breed that was originally used as a watchdog and ratter. They are a separate breed from the Standard Schnauzer, although they do share some obvious similarities because the original Miniature was bred from small Standard Schnauzers and crossed with Poodles and Miniature Pinschers.
The breed is considered intelligent, friendly, and outgoing. They tend to bond closely with one family member but will still form familial ties with others in the household. As well as having a huge personality, they are energetic dogs that like to be active and do things. Be prepared for some long walks or, alternatively, enroll your Miniature Schnauzer in dog agility and other canine sports classes to help wear off some of that energy and keep your intelligent Schnauzer entertained.
Grooming and Care
One of the most notable features of the breed is the walrus mustache and facial hair. This hair can pick up bits of food detritus and other debris and will require regular cleaning. The Schnauzer has a double coat, with the undercoat catching loose hairs from the top coat, and this is why the breed rarely sheds. However, it also means that it will benefit from regular grooming.
Expect to groom properly every month to two and consider taking yours to a professional groomer to get the signature Mini Schnauzer look.
How to Reduce Dog Allergy Symptoms
You can have a dog and still live comfortably with a pet allergy. Follow these simple tips to minimize symptoms and ensure a happy life for you and your dog:
- Keep the Dog Out of the Bedroom: If you’re breathing in allergens throughout the night, you will struggle to sleep properly and will wake up with allergy symptoms—not the best way to start the day.
- Wash Your Hands After Petting: Petting your dog is an important part of owning a pet, but it is also the easiest way for allergens to transfer from them to you. Wash your hands after petting or playing to get rid of allergens before they transfer to your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- HEPA Filters Can Eliminate Airborne Allergens: HEPA filters can run continuously in rooms where your dog tends to sleep and groom or in your bedroom and living room where you are most likely to settle down and inhale allergens.
- Clean Regularly: Dog hair carries the proteins that allergy sufferers react to, and while Miniature Schnauzers are not heavy shedders, they do still leave some hair behind. Vacuum regularly and ensure you get into every corner.
- Bathe and Groom Regularly: Bathing your dog removes loose hair before it is allowed to float off and cause allergic reactions. Bathing them can also help remove some of the allergens on their skin. While you shouldn’t bathe your dog too often, get into a routine of bathing every couple of months and brushing every week or so.
Miniature Schnauzers are an energetic, lively breed that is affectionate with family and loves to play. They also shed minimally thanks to their double coat, which means that they are considered hypoallergenic dogs that are good for those that suffer from pet allergies. Regular dog grooming, routine vacuuming, and washing your hands after playing with your pet pooch will help further reduce allergy symptoms.