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  • Jim Hinds

Hypo-allergenic dogs

Are you considering a Shih Tzu or a Bichon Frise as you or your family are dog allergic? I am often asked which is least likely to cause symptoms. Some dogs shed less hair and some are bred to produce less of the molecules which cause us symptoms. Sadly the evidence to date suggests there is no difference between breeds. Logically I would pick a short haired but if I was allergic but the allergic sources are not just hair but skin, saliva and urine! My advice is to spend some time with a member of the breed before falling in love with your own doggy.


Interestingly there is some evidence that exposure to dogs in the first year of life reduces the risk of future dog allergy, but first exposure after 12 months appears to increase risk of allergy. This is not definite but watch this space.......

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