For many allergy-sufferers, owning a dog has been out of the question. That is, until recently. Many have been arguing that there is such a thing as hypoallergenic dog breeds, the Havanese being one of the most popular amongst them. The truth, however, is a bit more complicated.
What are hypoallergenic dogs?
Technically speaking, there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. This is because no dog breed is 100% hypoallergenic. The factors that trigger your allergies are simply less prevalent in some dogs than others. When someone is claiming that their dog is hypoallergenic, then, they are saying that their dog is less likely to trigger your allergies, but there’s still a chance.
Are Havanese hypoallergenic?
Again, while no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, the Havanese are amongst those select dog breeds that are less likely to trigger your allergies. There are two reasons for this. The first is that the Havanese have less dander (dead skin cells that flake off of the body) than other breeds. The second is that they shed less. While fur itself is not an allergen, it can still carry and distribute allergens that cause allergic reactions. By shedding less, then, the Havanese are distributing less of those allergens into the air.
How can I tell if I’m allergic to a Havanese?
Since Havanese dogs are not 100% hypoallergenic, there’s still the chance that you can be allergic to one. The best way to tell if you’re allergic is to simply get in the room with one. When you visit a Havanese breeder, tell them about your allergies, then stay as long as possible with their Havanese puppies. Play with them, pet them, and interact with them as you would your own dog. After some time, you should begin to notice whether or not you’re having a reaction.
Allergies or no allergies, if you’re looking to adopt a Havanese puppy into your family, then you’ve come to the right place. At Family Puppies, we have a nice selection of Havanese puppies looking for their forever home. Give us a call at 574-354-2428 to learn more!