Finding the Right Dog Breed for You
Dogs have been selectively bred for thousands of years. Here are some top tips on choosing the right Dog Breed for You
Hypoallergenic Dogs For People With Allergies
The trick is to choose from the breeds of non-allergenic dogs that don’t shed as much hair and dander. Non-shedding dogs are commonly referred to as hypoallergenic dogs, and they are a great choice for people with allergies. For example, it’s less likely a Shih Tzu coat will cause a severe allergic reaction for someone with a pet sensitivity. To keep a Shih Tzu’s coat at its most effective, low-shedding level – grooming and regular brushing is required.
Are Hypoallergenic Dogs Completely Allergen-Free?
The short answer is no. It’s important to remember that there are no completely allergen-free dogs. Man’s best friend comes in all sizes and coats, but for people with allergies, the best bet for checking whether a pet will cause allergies is to spend some time with the dog.
If a dog is labeled hypoallergenic, it simply means that that breed is “relatively unlikely to cause an allergic reaction,” which makes dogs that don’t shed as much the best bet for living nearly symptom-free.
What Causes A Dog Allergy?
While many people believe that dog hair triggers a pet allergy, it is in fact the pet’s dander attached to the end of the hairs that bring on symptoms like itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing and more.
Dander is dead skin, similar to human dandruff. When dogs shed hair and renew their top layer of skin, which happens roughly every 21 days, the dander is free to circulate in the air and attach to furniture, wall coverings, linen and pretty much everything in your home. Dogs that don’t shed, or shed very little, make it easier to keep living spaces mostly dander-free.
How Can I Reduce Allergy Symptoms From My Dog?
Whether it’s your dog or another culprit causing your allergy symptoms, you can decrease the chances of feeling the effects of your allergies in seven easy steps:
- Wash pet bedding regularly
- Change air filters frequently
- Use a high-efficiency HEPA air cleaner
- Create an “allergy-free” zone in your home and strictly prohibit dog access
- Groom your dog at least every 4 weeks with an anti-allergenic shampoo
- Brush your dog 4 – 5 times per week with a proper brush like a FURminator
- Consider regular allergy shots for yourself or steroidal and antihistamine nose sprays/pills to alleviate your symptoms.
The Smartest Dog Breeds by Alertness and Trainability
Looking to adopt one of the smartest dogs? There are many factors to be considered when determining what may be thought of as the most intelligent dog breed, including attentiveness and a dog’s innate ability to absorb information quickly.
Help your dog be his best and brightest by establishing a routine. Reliable routines can help develop your dog’s skills and good behaviour such as the popular, versatile Labrador Retriever, possess the ideal quality in a companion. An active sporting and family dog, Labrador Retrievers are gentle, kind, and equally clever. This breed is often selected for highly-valued professional jobs like police and guide dogs.
Best Dogs for Kids
What are the best dogs for kids? It all depends on your household’s activity level, family energy, and living situation. But, in general, you can’t go wrong with a dog that has a gentle demeanor, friendly attitude, trainable nature, and an ability to keep up with your family.
Pugs have earned a reputation as one of the best small dogs for kids. They’re patient and steady, but never take themselves too seriously.
What should I consider when looking for kid-friendly dogs?
- Size: Tiny dogs can be more fragile, and might be comfortable around older, more cautious kids. Some very large dogs may be right at home with a rough-and-tumble crew, but require regular walks or a yard to romp in. Make sure your family’s circumstances suit the size of your potential new pet.
- Energy: Some dogs love to run and roam; others will gladly forgo fetch for cuddles on the couch. The best dogs for families—naturally—will vary depending on the family, so consider whether your crew is looking for a hiking buddy or a furry snuggle bug.
- Temperament: Is your family prone to fits of giggles? More serious and stoic? Different dogs have different personalities too, and your pet’s should fit in right alongside your family’s.
- Care Requirements: Have you thought about grooming? Who will take the dog for walks? Consider your potential pet’s needs and whether or not your family can meet them before committing to that adorable furry face.