Today, let me answer a very common related to Havanese which is whether Havanese are hypo-allergenic. If you are simply looking for a quick answer to your question, the answer is “yes, they are hypoallergenic”. But if you are interested in this subject and want to know a little more about things like what other dog breeds are also hypoallergenic, it is a good idea to continue reading this blog post that I have prepare with you.
What Does Hypo-allergenic Really Mean?
First of all, for those who are sure of what the term “hypo-allergenic” means, it means that it is less likely to cause allergy. In other word, a hypoallergenic dog is one that is less likely to cause people around him or her to suffer an allergy attack. So, just to make it clear, a hypoallergenic dog doesn’t mean that the dog doesn’t suffer allergy, but it means that the chances that it can cause you, as the master, allergy is low.
Does It Really Matter the Havanese are Hypo-allergenic?
Havanese, being a hypo-allergenic dog breed, is a huge advantage for you even if you are not an allergy sufferer. It matters even more if your are a sufferer of course. If you are not a sufferer yourself or you don’t have a sufferer that lives with you, it is difficult to imagine what it is like to suffer an allergy attack. I will go a little deeper on the symptoms that comes with pet allergy a little later. I just want to remind you that even if you are not an allergy sufferer, you future husband or wife can be one. That’s why I think having a hypoallergenic dog is a big deal.
What are Some Symptoms of Dog Allergy
What do you know that you are a possible dog allergy sufferer, meaning that you can easily get an allergy attach when you have enough contact with a non-hypoallergenic dog. One simple and effective way to find out is to check carefully whether you have some allergy symptoms after having contact with dogs. These symptoms include runny nose, stuffy nose, red eyes, watery eyes, coughing, chest pain, facial pain and skin rash. You usually won’t have all these symptoms but you will have one or some of these and you can really feel it as these symptoms are pretty obvious.
How Do Allergy Suffer Avoid Allergy Attack When Around Non-Hypoallergenic Dogs
Unfortunately, if you are a pet allergy sufferer, there is not much you can do. You can definitely take medicine or use skin spray to reduce or remove some of your symptoms. However, the only real way to prevent yourself from getting allergy attack is to stay away from non-hypoallergenic dogs. That’s why I have said a little earlier that the fact that Havanese are hypoallergenic is a huge deal. In fact, that is one of many good reasons why the Havanese is one of the best breeds.
Can You Still be Allergic to Hypoallergenic Dogs?
Now, let’s get down to the important and often overlooked question. Can a hypo-allergenic dog still cause you an allergy attack. The answer is “yes”. Like many things in life, things are not as black and white as we want the things to be. Remember that the definition of “hypo-allergenic” is “less likely to cause allergy”? Less likely is a good thing but it doesn’t equal to “zero chance”. Therefore, you have to be very careful that you take that into consideration. Sometimes, even the chance of an event happening is low, we still have to be take things seriously if the event, if happens, can cause a lot of harm.
A Little Bit of Science Behind What Cause Allergy
There are many people who mis-believe that it is the dog’s hair that causes allergy. It is indeed some type of protein in their saliva and urine that causes the allergy. More than that, the protein very often can be found on the dried flakes of the dog’s skin. These dried flakes are considered as the core source of allergy indeed. Therefore, the more the dog breed shed, the more easy it can cause allergy. Indeed, that concept has a lot to do with why some breeds are considered as hypoallergenic.
Hypoallergenic Dogs are Basically Dogs that Don’t Shed
As briefed explained in the previous paragraph, the more the dog shed, the more dried flakes with allergy-causing protein can be in contact with you. And these dogs that don’t shed are labelled as hypoallergenic dogs for that exact reason. Some people think this is good reasoning. Some people think this is clever yet unethical marketing trick. So, to sum up this hypoallergenic myth in more clear way, every dog breed have some type of protein that can cause pet allergy sufferer allergy attacks. Hypoallergenic dogs are those that don’t shed and therefore the chance for the protein to make contact with surrounding human is reduced, making them “less likely to cause allergy”.
What Dog Breeds are Considered as Hypo-Allergenic?
Besides Havanas, there are some other dog breeds that are considered as hypo-allergenic too. These breeds include: Poodle, Maltese, Bichon Frise, Yorkshire Terrier, Portuguese Water Dog, Samoyed, Giant Schnauzer, Puli and many more. So if you know that yourself is a allergy sufferer, make sure you can one of these dogs listed above to reduce your change of being in such painful situations.
What Dog Breeds Easily Cause You Allergy
Now, let’s talk about the breeds that can most easily cause you allergy attacks. To kick start the list, there are Saint Bernards and Bulldogs which does have a lot of saliva coming out of their mouths all the time. Remember that those allergy-causing protein can be found directly on saliva. Other dog breeds that can cause allergy by shedding include German Shepherds, Boston Terriers, Pekingese and more.
In conclusion, Havanese are hypo-allergenic. It is less likely to have your Havanese causing you allergy attack relatively to the chance of getting allergy attack from other breeds. Yet, the chance is not zero so you have to be alert and check to see whether you have symptoms.