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The Pekingese breed is a cute and fluffy small-sized dog that is characterized by its long fur and adorable, little faces. But if you are someone who has an allergy to dogs, is it recommended to get a Pekingese? Unfortunately, due to their abundance of fluffy, floor-length fur, they are not hypoallergenic. They shed a lot and will be an irritant to people with allergies. Pekingese owners end up brushing their dogs often and even this can irritate someone with allergies. Continue reading to learn more.

What Is a Hypoallergenic Dog?

There are some people who have allergies to many things, like dust, seasonal allergies, food allergies, and animal allergies. Usually, the allergies to certain animals are because of their dander or saliva. Dogs, for example, will shed naturally. This means their fur ends up on your furniture, clothes, and even in the air. You can imagine how much this could irritate your allergies when it’s everywhere daily.

There is no dog that is 100% hypoallergenic. However, dogs who either don’t shed a lot or have shorter fur can be considered more hypoallergenic than other breeds. You will notice these dog breeds will either not irritate someone with an allergy at all, or bodily reactions would be much less aggressive.

What Hypoallergenic Dogs Are There?

The most popular hypoallergenic dogs are Yorkshire Terriers (Yorkies), Shih Tzus, Poodles, Portuguese Water Dogs, Bichon Frises, and more! These dog breeds either have shorter fur or it is denser and less likely to shed.

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Can I Have a Dog with Allergies?

Is it possible to have a dog when you have allergies? There are a few ways to keep your home clean and clear of shedding fur that can reduce the strength of your allergies.

You can regularly keep your home clean of loose fur by vacuuming regularly to keep it off the floor and being kicked up by people walking around or air blowing it around. This also includes cleaning surfaces like counters, chairs, or other areas of the home that hold onto the fur. A good example of this is brushing fur off couches, carpets, and more.

Regular brushing is one of the most effective ways to reduce dog allergies in your home. Keeping their shedding to a minimum can be done through daily brushing. It removes all the excess fur that would fall on the floor or get in the air.

If you want to go the extra mile, there are even air purifiers out there that will work to filter fur and other allergens from the air. These have been said to keep all different types of allergies at bay.


Although a Pekingese might not be hypoallergenic, there are other options out there for you. You can choose to commit to regular brushing and cleaning if you really think a Pekingese is your one and only choice. Get ready for a lot of cleaning, brushing, and a little bit of sneezing! But you can also look into other dog breeds that are considered hypoallergenic. These dogs have been proven to work well with people who have dog allergies, so this is a more sure-fire choice.

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