Small dogs with an instantly recognizable body shape, Dachshunds are a breed that’s adored by many. These wiener dogs, as they’re known by nickname, are scent hounds. Originally, they were bred to hunt tunneling animals like rabbits and foxes, though badgers were their first intended prey. They come in several varieties, including standard and miniature, with coats that range from short to long.
As the 12th most popular breed in America, Dachshunds are some of the most beloved pets around. But if you’re allergic to dogs and were hoping that a Dachshund might be the hypoallergenic breed for you, then you’ll be disappointed to have your hopes dashed. Unfortunately for you, the Dachshund is not a hypoallergenic breed. In reality, no dog breed is truly hypoallergenic, but some do have a less pronounced effect on those who suffer from dog allergies.
What is a Hypoallergenic Dog Breed?
Hypoallergenic dog breeds have long been touted as the miracle solution for a dog lover that’s allergic to canines. These are breeds that have a reduced effect on those with dog allergies. If your allergies aren’t severe, certain breeds may not even cause an allergic reaction.
Are There any Truly Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds?
Often, hypoallergenic breeds are simply the breeds that don’t shed or only shed a small amount. But these dogs still release allergens that can cause a reaction, even if the effect is less than other breeds.
The truth is, there are no dog breeds that are 100% hypoallergenic. That’s because the allergen that causes a reaction in those allergic to dogs is contained in your dog’s saliva and urine. Every dog creates allergens, even breeds that are considered hypoallergenic. Once your dog licks its fur, the allergen has been transferred through saliva to your dog’s coat.
Soon, your dog will shed, and the allergens in their fur will be released into your home. Dogs that don’t shed much or at all won’t release as much of the allergen into your home. Instead, the allergens will simply stay attached to their coat. But if you pet the dog, you’ll still be exposing yourself to those allergens.
How to Reduce a Dog’s Effect on Your Allergies
Even if you’re allergic, there are ways to reduce a dog’s effect on your allergies.
1. Pick a Small Breed
Small breeds have less hair overall. This means that a smaller number of allergens will be released into your home each day.
2. Vacuum Daily
As your dog sheds, its allergens are released into your home. Many of them will settle directly on the floor. Daily vacuuming can prevent these allergens from building up, reducing the effect they have on you.
3. Dust Every Day
Some allergens will be airborne for a while before finally settling onto your furniture, shelves, and other areas. If you dust daily, you can eliminate these allergens so they don’t build up over time.
4. Bathe Your Dog Regularly
As mentioned, allergens build up in your dog’s coat. By bathing your dog regularly, you can reduce the number of allergens in their fur, keeping them at bay and preventing them from overtaking your home.
5. Use an Air Purifier
Air purifiers, particularly HEPA purifiers, can help to eliminate airborne allergens before they settle. These are inexpensive and easy to use, so you can place one in each room your dog will occupy.
Dachshunds are undoubtedly cute and iconic dogs, but they’re not hypoallergenic. If you suffer from dog allergies, some breeds could be better suited for you. Still, Dachshunds are relatively small dogs, so if you’re dead-set on keeping one despite your allergies, then you can follow the other tips we’ve included to help reduce the impact it will have on your home and your allergies.
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