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Girl allergic to dogs.

Allergic to Dogs,
but still want one?

Follow the 3 steps below:

1. See Your Doctor
It's time to get a dog. You've been told that even though you are allergic to dogs, there might be a special kind of dog that won't bother your allergies. It's true that there is a chance you might find the right kind of dog for you, but the first thing you have to do is check with an allergy doctor before purchasing a new dog. See what he thinks and what he recommends. This is very important. You don't want to get sick.

2. Research Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds
The truth is that even the most hypoallergenic dog can cause a highly allergic person to have a reaction. Some breeds do have a reputation of being less of an irritant (bothering your allergy) than others, and those are the breeds that you should look for if you are allergic to dogs. Did you know that you can be allergic to the saliva of the dog, too?

3. Spend Time with the Dog
But before buying or adopting a hypoallergenic dog, you should find a way to spend time with the dog first, to see if you are going to sneeze, cough, wheeze, get itchy eyes or hives. Some breeders will let you take the dog home on a trial for a couple of days, but you should know that it only takes a few minutes to fall in love with a dog that you might just have to give back, so try to spend time with the dog at the breeder's house inside, not outside.

The following dogs have, at one time or another, been listed as being hypoallergenic. The most common breeds are here.

American Hairless Terrier
Basenji
Bedlington Terrier
Bichon Frise
Border Terrier
Cairn Terrier
Chihuahua
Mexican Hairless
Chinese Crested (hairless)
Giant Schnauzer
Havanese
Irish Water Spaniel
Italian Greyhound
Kerry Blue Terrier

Maltese
Miniature Poodle
Mexican Hairless
Miniature Schnauzer
Portuguese Water Dog
Shih Tzu
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
Standard Poodle
Standard Schnauzer
Tibetan Terrier
Toy Poodle
West Highland White Terrier
Wirehaired Fox Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier

 

How about Mixed Breeds?

If you have a mixed breed from two of the dogs on the list above, say a Schnauzer/Poodle (Schnoodle), you will have a dog less likely to stir up your allergy and you may be ok with this dog.

But what about a dog that is a combination of one dog on the list and one not on the list like a Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever and a Poodle)? Will this dog be allergy-free?

The answer is maybe. This dog can cause allergies because the Golden part of this dog has more of the stuff (allergen) that makes allergic people sneeze and get itchy eyes. However, many people do well with this kind of mixed breed dog. It just depends on how sensitive you are to the cause of your allergies. It's always best to see your doctor and to spend time with the dog to see how you feel.

 

Ten to fifteen percent of people have pet allergies, and cat allergy is twice as common as dog allergy!

Fido's Fabulous Dog Facts

 

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If you absolutely cannot have a dog,

Take a look at these ideas for those who can't have a dog.

 

 

Here are a few books that can help your parents choose the right dog:
       
       

A New Dog
Planning for Your New Dog
Ready for a New Dog?
What is Responsibility?
Choosing a Dog

Allergies to Dogs

Where to Get a Dog
Shopping List
Puppy's First Day
Naming Your Dog
What About the Cat?
Lesson of the Day
Home

 

 

 

 
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