Senin, 11 April 2011

PostHeaderIcon Which Dog Breed Causes the Fewest Allergic Reactions in Humans?

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Even allergy sufferers can cuddle with a non-shedding dog breed.
For the allergic dog-lover, petting Fido can release an onslaught of sneezing, watery eyes and congestion. The proteins in dog saliva and skin are responsible for this allergic reaction. In a 2008 article in Scientific America Magazine, Dr. Bernadine Cruz of the American Veterinary Association noted that no dog is truly hypoallergenic, but dogs who shed less introduce fewer allergy-causing skin cells into the air, reducing the severity of a human's allergic reactions.

  1. Poodles

    • The tightly coiled curls of a poodle rarely shed. Poodles come in a variety of sizes including standard, miniature and toy, each bearing the same allergy-friendly hair. Offspring of poodles such as goldendoodles and cockapoos are also hypoallergenic, but not usually to the same degree as a purebred poodle. But don't confuse non-shedding with low-maintenance, as poodles require grooming every two months or they become matted.

    Bichon Frise

    • The Bichon Frise sports a fluffy white coat that feels like the inside of a stuffed animal. Bichons do not shed but require monthly grooming to prevent clumps of dirt and food from matting their fur. The average Bichon weighs between seven and 10 lbs and tends to have a friendly, amicable nature.


    • Schnauzers come in both standard and miniature size with sleek gray and white coats. Unlike some other non-shedding breeds, the schnauzer has a double coat of hair. The outer coat is wiry while the undercoat is soft and silky, creating a layered, textured appearance. The schnauzer requires moderate exercise and although sweet, can develop a stubborn streak if you don't establish pack leadership early.

    Kerry Blue Terrier

    • The Kerry blue terrier weighs between 30 and 40 pounds and has a fluffy, curly coat similar to the Bichon Frise. A rare breed, these dogs require frequent grooming and bathing sessions to prevent tangles and matting. Kerry blue terrier skin won't dry out from baths like other dogs, which is good because you must bathe and brush these dogs once a week to avoid matting. Fortunately, the Kerry blue terrier remains odorless even when wet. This breed requires extensive socialization and training with both other dogs and humans to avoid developing aggression.

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