Hypoallergenic is a common term used among dog breeders to signify that a dog poses low risk of making people with sensitive allergies or asthma ill. Since many people are allergic to dogs the common belief is that a hypoallergenic dog breed is the best choice for owners that suffer from dog allergies. While there is no scientific data to support this claim, many dogs labeled as hypoallergenic share one or more of the following traits:
- The breed has little to no shedding
- The breed has little to no pet dander
- The breed's coat is easy to clean and repels moisture, dirt, and odors
Keep in mind that even if a dog is labeled as hypoallergenic their coat can still produce the allergen that people are allergic to. However, dogs that are labeled as hypoallergenic are generally easier for allergy sufferers to tolerate than non-hypoallergenic breeds. If you or one of your guests is allergic to dogs it is recommended to frequently bathe, brush, and vacuum after your dog as these things can minimize or completely eliminate the allergy risk.