If you love dogs but have allergies, then you should note that certain breeds trigger allergies more than others. A common misconception is that people are allergic to the dog’s hair. The shedding of dander, or skin, is what causes watery eyes, itchy skin and runny noses. High dander, shedding, and drooling dogs will be the breeds that you will want to avoid. When searching for a potential pup, these are seven breeds to definitely avoid.
These big and cute creatures are unfortunately slobbery dogs. If you are allergic to dog saliva, you will want to avoid the St. Bernard as their slobber is, well, unavoidable. From chew toys to floor drips, the St. Bernard can’t help but drool on everything.
Like the St. Bernard, bulldogs also release lots of saliva through excessive drooling. If you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to scratch a Bulldog under their cute scrunchy chins, you’d call them a slobber machine, too. Plus, they are prone to skin rashes and hives.
Despite being called a “terrier”, Boston Terriers aren’t actually considered terriers—they’re part of the non-sporting group. This is sadly misleading, since most terriers are hypoallergenic. Boston Terriers tend to suffer from allergies that can give them itchy skin and watery eyes, which can easily irritate an allergic human. They also tend to create excessive mucus, which combined with their short hair can be unpleasant.
Floppy-eared dogs like a basset hound are more prone to yeasty ear infections. This produces a strong odor because of their anatomy. Since no air or light can circulate under floppy ears, bacteria or candida can build up here. Being exposed to this can trigger an owner’s allergy. The solution: find a breed without huge floppy ears, or make sure to clean them daily.
Shih Tzus are known to develop skin allergies. Besides food and environmental allergies, these dogs are susceptible to Atopic Dermatitis caused by an immunological hypersensitivity to common substances like dust mites. They can also develop bacteria allergies.
German Shepherds are undeniably amazing dogs, but they’re the opposite of a hypoallergenic breed—they’re one of the highest dander-shedding breeds out there. German Shepherds are susceptible to skin allergies caused by flea bites, food allergies, and environmental inhalant allergies such as dust, pollen or chemicals—all which can trigger your allergies easily.
Who doesn’t want to love and cuddle a puppy? Puppies are brand new dogs that do not have any old skin cells to shed like an adult dog; although they don’t shed yet, they lick and slobber everywhere. From socks to pillows, puppies are prone to testing out potential play toys. If you have allergies, keep in mind that handling a puppy’s saliva may trigger allergies. Even if you can handle an allergy-prone breed as a puppy, you may develop allergies as the dog ages.