According to the Asthma and allergy foundation of America, 3 out of 10 people in America have an allergic reaction to dogs and cats. So, what happens if you suffer from pet allergies, but you also love dogs? You probably have heard about hypoallergenic dog breeds, are dachshunds hypoallergenic dogs? Well, we did a little research for all those dachshund lovers that have to deal with constant sneezing and runny noses.
What are hypoallergenic dogs?
If you have pet allergies you may have heard about hypoallergenic dogs. Simply put, these are dog breeds that produce very little shedding and less dander than other dogs. But there is no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), these dog breeds are hypoallergenic:
- Afghan Hound
- American Hairless Terrier
- Bedlington Terrier
- Bichon Frise
- Chinese Crested
- Coton de Tulear
- Giant Schnauzer
- Irish Water Spaniel
- Kerry Blue Terrier
- Lagotto Romagnolo
- Miniature Schnauzer
- Peruvian Inca Orchid (Hairless)
- Portuguese Water Dog
- Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
- Spanish Water Dog
- Standard Schnauzer
Are dachshunds hypoallergenic?
According to dog experts, dachshunds are not hypoallergenic. Even though sausage dogs produce very little shedding, especially the smooth coat (short hair) variety, they produce dog dander. That is a problem for people that suffer from pet allergies.
What causes pet allergies
Many people believe that they are allergic to their pets’ fur. This is not the case, what causes allergic reactions in people is the dander that attaches to the dog’s fur. Some people are also allergic to the dog’s saliva. This happens because of a protein that causes allergic reactions in humans. When the dog sheds its fur coat the dander gets spread around the house and gets everywhere. This makes life very difficult for people who suffer from pet allergies.
Dog dander is composed of very small particles of skin that had been shed by animals. Sometimes the dander bits can be seen by the human eye, other times the bits are so small they can only be seen through a microscope. Therefore, dander can be very difficult to clean.
How to deal with dog allergies
Many doctors and allergy specialists will tell you to give your dog away if you are diagnosed with pet allergies. Just thinking of this can be heartbreaking for a dachshund owner. You will also be told to keep your dachshund outside all the time, and this way you minimize the effects of pet allergens.
However, this is not an option for people who live in an apartment. Even if you have a yard, the weather is also an issue, depending on where you live, winters can be too cold for your dachshund. So, leaving your dog outside might not be an option.
Fortunately, there are some ways allergic dog lovers can prepare their house to minimize the negative effects of dog allergens.
Cleaning dog hair for good
The first thing is keeping up with your dog’s grooming. Grooming helps to eliminated dead hair that otherwise would end up floating around your house. You also need to bathe your doxie regularly, there are special dog shampoos that are specially formulated to prevent the formation of dander.
The next thing to do is keeping your house clean. The best way to do this is to vacuum clean your house regularly. It’s worth to invest a good vacuum cleaner that will get rid of all the dead hair and dander lying around the house. Don’t forget to clean and sanitize all the surfaces around your house as well.
Keep your house clean and clear
It’s also a good idea to avoid decorating your house with heavy carpets and drapes. As these are dander traps. Otherwise, you will need to wash them periodically. Another thing that needs periodic washing is your dog’s bed! Buying a dog bed with a removable and machine washable cover will make this easier.
The next step has to do with dog discipline. Don’t let your dog climb on your bed and furniture. This way you will reduce the dead hair and dander deposits in your house. This can be very difficult as dachshunds love climbing on the sofa and bed with their human. But if you let it happen, you will pay the consequences.
You can also purchase air purifiers to get rid of all the dog dander floating around your house. Some purifiers have special filters for dander and other allergens. Depending on your type of living place you might need several air purifiers.
Living with a dog is challenging for a person with pet allergies, we hope that this post will help you create a comfortable living environment for both you and your dog.