Life is tough if you’re both a dog lover and an allergy sufferer. It can be even harder if you’re a dog lover and someone else in your family is the allergy sufferer.
In such a case, the answer is usually to get a hypoallergenic breed of dog, and Corgis are a breed that definitely seems hypoallergenic. But are they really? Or are they just as bad for allergy sufferers as any other breed?
Are Corgis Hypoallergenic?
The short answer is no, Corgis are not hypoallergenic. In fact, they’re rather notorious for being heavy shedders, making them one of the worst breeds that you could bring home.
Along with all that hair will come dander, which is what actually sets off the sneezing. Not only are many people allergic to the dander itself, but it can also carry with it other allergens, like pollen.
What’s worse, Corgis are energetic and loving animals, so they’re likely to run around and get in your face, spreading even more dander all over the place. Bottom line, you do not want to bring a Corgi home if you have someone with respiratory problems living with you.
What Breeds Are Hypoallergenic?
If you have an allergy sufferer at home, don’t fret — there are a few breeds that you can bring home that are actually hypoallergenic.
The most popular hypoallergenic dog is the Poodle, and there are many designer breeds that mix other dogs with Poodles to make hypoallergenic offspring. These include Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, Yorkipoos, Cockapoos, and more.
Other popular hypoallergenic breeds include the Havanese, Maltese, Bichon Frise, and Schnauzers. There are also other, less well-known hypoallergenic breeds, like Glen of Imaal Terriers and Bouvier des Flanders.
You could always get a hairless breed as well, like a Chinese Crested or a Xoloitzcuintli. These aren’t the most attractive animals, but they’re just as loving and fun as other dogs — plus, they won’t make you sneeze up a storm.
What Breeds Are the Worst for Allergy Sufferers?
While hypoallergenic breeds like the Poodle and Maltese are great for allergy sufferers, which breeds should be avoided at all costs?
The Corgi is one, actually, as it’s a big-time shedder. As you might expect, most of the other breeds on this list are big shedders too.
As you can tell by looking at the list, bigger dogs are more likely to cause problems than smaller ones. It’s not hard to understand why: More dog means more hair and dander, which in turn, means more sneezing and coughing.
I Already Have a Corgi. Is There Anything I Can Do to Cut Down on Allergens?
If you already have a beloved Corgi at home but they’re starting to cause you to sneeze, there are a few things you can do to help the situation.
The most important thing is to keep them as well-groomed as possible. Brush them every day if you can, as this will prevent loose hair from building up (and getting redistributed all around your house).
You can bathe them regularly as well. Don’t overdo it, as bathing them too often can strip their coats of healthy oils, but a bath every month or so should help keep loose hair and dander to a minimum. Use a gentle shampoo that’s designed for dogs, as human shampoos can damage their skin.
Ensuring that they eat a healthy diet is also critical. A dog that’s lacking in vital nutrients will be prone to shedding even more, and they may also develop skin problems that lead to even more dander. If they get everything they need, though, they’ll have a shiny, healthy coat that you’ll love to stroke (just don’t stick your nose in it).
Shedding can also be caused by stress or other health problems, so you should take your dog to the vet for regular checkups. Not only will this limit the dander that they spill all over the house, but it will also extend their lifespan, which means they’ll have even more years to make you sneeze.
Corgis: A Good Breed But Hardly Hypoallergenic
There are plenty of good reasons that Corgis are such popular pups: They’re affectionate, intelligent, and of course, adorable. If you’re an allergy sufferer, though, you should get a different breed, as they’re about as far from hypoallergenic as you can get.
Anyone prone to reacting poorly to animal dander should choose a different breed, like a Poodle.
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