21 Mar | Posted by valleypetsitting | no comments |
It’s almost allergy season! Right now is a great time to stock up on your allergy medication as you will be needing it for all those fun outdoor trips coming up! According to the latest research, 15 percent of the population is allergic to cats and dogs. And although that might not seem like a very large number, that means that in the US alone, there are over 45 million people who suffer from pet related allergies with about 30 percent allergic people also suffering from asthma. For some people, it can be a risk to take on a pet into your household and that can be particularly difficult to accept for young children who want that puppy or kitten for their birthdays.
We can’t help the fact that most of us love having those cute little pets, just as we can’t help the fact that we have allergies. And a large majority of Americans would rather forgo having a pet than to take allergy medications for the rest of their lives. However, there is no need to sacrifice your desire for having a cat or dog. There are many different breeds of both cats and dogs which as hypoallergenic. That simply means that they are safe to have in your home and are relatively unlikely to cause an allergic reaction!
Lets start with a few breeds of cats. The Sphynx cat is gaining massive popularity with those who suffer from allergy symptoms. Sphynx cats are thought to posses no hair but that is inaccurate. They do grow a little bit of hair but much less than their furry counterparts. The Sphynx breed was developed through selective breeding in the 1960’s. Their skin can come in solid colors or patterns like blotches. Some people might find the Sphynx cat to be a more acquired taste but they are no less loving. They are highly energetic and extremely intelligent. Being very extroverted, they are naturally curios and cuddly. However, their skin and ears require special attention every now and then as they may suffer from dry skin and may need their ears cleaned from time to time. If you have a home with young children, a Sphynx cat would be a wonderful addition.
Another great option is the Cornish Rex cat breed. The breed was discovered after a genetic mutation in the 1950’s. They are known to provoke less of an allergic reaction than most other cats and are very loving. They possess only the down fur which is the inner most layer of fur a cat grows, making the Cornish Rex very soft to the touch. Their thinner coat means that they are more sensitive to colder temperatures and would benefit more from a warm and arid environment. This breed tends to stay active throughout their lives and enjoy lots of play time with the family. They are also one of the more agile breeds who can jump great distances with ease. The Cornish Rex is sometimes referred to as the Greyhound of the cats with it’s long and thin body shape. The Cornish Rex is great for all types of households including families and single people and anything in between.
Lastly, the Burmese cat is top of our list for hypoallergenic cat breeds as it is almost completely allergy free. The breed was developed in the same area as the Burmese python and has been gaining popularity ever since. Originally, all Burmese cats were brown but they now come in a variety of coats and colors. All breeds of Burmese cats are known to be extremely social and very vocal. Their coloring and pattern often resembles a Siamese cat however the Burmese cats have a longer lifespan. These gorgeous kitties would benefit in a multi-cat home with adult occupants. They may not play as much as the Cornish Rex but they have been known to get into some playful moods from time to time.
Next up, we have dogs on our list! The first on our list of hypoallergenic dogs is the Bedlington Terrier. Originally from the UK, these huggably soft dogs resemble a lamb or Scottish deerhound. They come in white, liver or tan colors and have curly, short hair. They generally have a high endurance and are excellent swimmers. They have been bred to perform a variety of tasks and their lineage can be traced as far back as the late 1700’s. These gentle dogs are great for most households but their unique coat request quite a bit more maintenance than the average dog. They must be groomed regularly with their coat length not exceeding 1 inch, otherwise matting may occur.
Another wonderful hypoallergenic dog is the poodle. Poodles come in many sizes with miniature poodles and Standard size poodles, the smallest being a Toy poodle. The poodle is a descendant of a French breed of dogs called the Barbet breed. They are one of the most intelligent dogs in the world, second only to the border collie. Poodles have a great many skill sets, they have been known to perform in sports activities for their obedience and agility. They are also capable of herding livestock and even becoming circus performers and service dogs. As intelligent as it is beautiful, the poodle is squarely build and well proportioned. They come in a small array of coat colors such as white, fawn, brown, grey and black. Their coat also requires some occasional grooming. In all, this versatile dog is great for any size household and is also wonderful with other pets.
The last pup on our list is the well known Greyhound. Reportedly, the breed has been around for thousands of years, dating back to Ancient Egypt. This slender dog boasts powerful legs and has been known to be involved in popular dog races. Greyhounds are generally a quiet and gentle breed with fierce loyalty to their owners. They are very loving and enjoy the company of humans and other dogs. However if you have cats, we do not recommend getting a greyhound as the sometimes have the prey drive. That simply means they might enjoy chasing smaller animals. English greyhounds, Spanish greyhounds and Italian greyhounds are all wonderful dogs to consider when adopting for a family who has only dogs or no pets in the home. Their lifespan is typically shorter than other dogs.
We hope you enjoyed reading about just some of the many hypoallergenic breeds of pets out there. Don’t let your allergies get in the way of adopting a pet. Make sure to do your research and always ask as many questions as possible when considering adopting a specific pet. You won’t be sorry, as your pets will show your family love and loyalty for many years to come!