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Differences Between Non-Hypoallergenic Dogs and Hypoallergenic Dogs


The differences between non-hypoallergenic dogs and hypoallergenic dogs are not huge, but they are more than enough to reduce the response that allergic people have when they are exposed to certain, non-hypoallergenic breeds of dog.

Allergic people may want to own a dog, so not being able to be in the same room with one for long periods of time is frustrating. So buying a hypoallergenic dog means that they can have a dog in their home. While they may still experience allergy attacks, these attacks will be much less frequent.

Coat and Shedding

Shedding can cause an allergic reaction

Let’s discuss the differences now. Non-hypoallergenic dogs tend to shed a lot. Their fur is loose and dense, which means that it may contain a lot of dander and filth as well. Dander is a collection of skin cells, dust, and other particles found in the air. As the dog sheds, these particles float around in the air and cause people to have allergy attacks.

These dogs may also have an undercoat, which is a thick coat that protects them from harsh temperatures. This undercoat is what causes the dog to shed frequently. Additionally, it can also trap dander and other allergens. 

On the other hand, hypoallergenic dogs have shorter coats. Some hypoallergenic breeds do not even have an undercoat. While this makes them unprepared for cold weather, they are perfect for those who have allergies.

The fur on these dogs is more like human hair, which means they do not shed as frequently as non-hypoallergenic dogs. Some hypoallergenic breeds have hardly any hair on their bodies at all and are thus considered hairless even if they have a small amount of hair on their paws and head. 

Salivation and Urine

Hypoallergenic dogs salivate less

Non-hypoallergenic dog breeds usually salivate more often than hypoallergenic dogs. This is another factor that can cause increase the frequency and severity of an allergic person’s reactions due to the bacteria contained in canine saliva. Because dogs cannot control the intensity and amount of their salivation, people who are allergic to dogs have a difficult time when drooling dogs are present. 

However, hypoallergenic dogs do not salivate as much as other breeds. Thus, when the dog cleans itself, it will not leave as much bacteria behind. This is obviously a plus for people who are allergic. 

Lastly, people with dog allergies may also be allergic to dog urine as it contains certain kinds of bacteria that trigger an allergic response. However, urine from hypoallergenic dogs simply does not have as much bacteria and will thus be less likely to set off an allergic reaction. 

Breeds and Advice

There are many hypoallergenic breeds – find the best fit for you

The most popular and common hypoallergenic dog breeds are: Maltese, Terriers, Schnauzers, Greyhounds, Bichon Frise, Portuguese Water Dog, and Irish Water Spaniel. Most breeds are very friendly and will live to be at least twelve years of age. These dogs enjoy companionship and exercise. 

Be sure to conduct additional research on these breeds and others before committing to a purchase. Learn as much as you can about the proper means and methods of grooming, brushing, and caring for your hypoallergenic dog. 

The video above shares some good breeds for people with allergies to consider. If you always thought you could not own a dog due to your allergies, I hope all this helps you find a dog that you can own comfortably (without having to buy stock in Kleenex)!


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