If you suffer from allergies, you may be wondering if there is such a thing as a hypoallergenic dog. Technically, no dog is truly hypoallergenic, including the Toy Poodle. If you are longing for the companionship of a Toy Poodle but you worry about your allergies, here are some things you need to know.
What Causes an Allergic Reaction to Dogs?
It is not about the hair. Whether it is long or short does not determine your body’s reaction to the dog. There’s protein in a dog’s urine and saliva. The protein attaches to the dander, the flaky skin that sheds from the dog when he loses his fur. When a person with allergies breathes in the dander that may spread to the furnishings and clothing, your immune system reacts.
Fortunately, smaller dogs will shed less than big dogs. Toy Poodles are one of those dogs and may be beneficial for people with pet allergies. In fact, Poodles of any size, not just Toys, make good pets for those that suffer from allergies to dogs.
Poodles vary in size and color. The temperament, beauty, and life span are consistent in the varying sizes. The Toy Poodles, however, are delicate dogs. Some Poodles have nervous tendencies and may not be a good match for active households with children and other pets. They make a loving, loyal pet for people with allergies, however.
As previously stated, it’s the urine, saliva, and dander that causes an allergic reaction to dogs. Since Toy Poodles, unlike most breeds, do not have an undercoat, the hair grows and does not shed. The dander remains in the coat and can be removed with brushing or grooming. Poodles are considered a non-allergenic, non-shedding breed. They are not considered big droolers, and they can be taught not to lick their owners, which can help prevent allergic reactions. It is also recommended that you provide a specific area for your pet to pee to avoid exposure to the allergens associated with the dog’s urine.
It is recommended that you get your Poodle groomed about every six weeks. You can take it to the local groomer or a family member that does not have allergies. Brushing your dog often will minimize the spread of dander and remove any knots in his fur. Another option for Toy Poodle owners with allergies is to trim the dog’s coat to improve the hypoallergenic environment.
While keeping your dog well-groomed is important, here are some suggestions for keeping the dander at a minimum.
- Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter
- Vacuum carpeting on a regular basis
- If you have carpeting, get it steam-cleaned or shampooed often
- Hardwood floors may be a better option over carpeting
- Air filters, humidifiers, and vent filters help minimize allergens in your home
- Keep the dog’s area clean from dander
- Pet beds, blankets, and clothing should be washed regularly
If you are craving the love and companionship of a Toy Poodle, do not fret. While no pet is allergen-free, Poodles are close to it. With proper grooming, training, and cleaning, you can keep the risk to a minimum. Allergies may be mild or severe. Talking to your doctor about your allergies and any potential risks before getting a Toy Poodle, is recommended.