If you suffer from both a dog obsession and allergies, then choosing the right breed will be essential for your quality of life.
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, as much as 10% of the US population is allergic to dogs.
But, allergies and symptoms can vary, and life with certain dog breeds might in fact be manageable. If you’re an allergy sufferer and a pug lover, here are the things you need to know. See below for a guide to pugs and allergies.
What Does Hypoallergenic Mean?
Hypoallergenic means relatively unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. The term is often used in relation to dog and cat breeds.
No dog breed is 100% hypoallergenic, but breeds that are hairless, or that have non-shedding coats, produce less dander. That makes them easier to live with, and a better match for allergy sufferers.
Dander, which causes most pet allergies in humans, is actually dried, flaky skin. And, similar to dandruff on a human, it’s attached to pet hair. Pets who have a lot of hair or who shed also tend to have a lot of dander, worsening allergies.
Are Pugs Hypoallergenic?
Pugs are not hypoallergenic. They shed a lot, especially those with double coats.
Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds
According to the American Kennel Club, there are certain breeds that are known to co-exist happily with allergy sufferers. These are dogs who have non-shedding coats, or little to no hair at all. These breeds include:
- Afghan Hound
- American Hairless Terrier
- Bedlington Terrier
- Bichon Frise
- Chinese Crested
- Coton de Tulear
- Irish Water Spaniel
- Kerry Blue Terrier
- Lagotto Romagnolo
- Peruvian Inca Orchid
- Poodle (Miniature, Standard, and Toy)
- Portuguese Water Dog
- Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka
- Schnauzer (Giant and Standard)
- Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
- Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican Hairless)
- Yorkshire Terrier
Tips for Living With A Pug if You Have Allergies
If you have allergies, but your heart is set on getting a pug, fear not! There are steps you can take to make the situation a bit more manageable.
- Brush your pug. Brush your pug at least once a week to release loose hair. Be sure to do it outdoors, so excess hair doesn’t get all over your home.
- Bathe your pug. Bathe your pug at least once every three months.
- Clean your pug’s folds. Pug folds are home to bacteria, dander and saliva. Clean between the folds regularly with a moist cotton swab, and then pat them dry with a dry one.
- Invest in a good vacuum. Use it regularly!
- Dust and clean your home. This includes changing the sheets, sweeping and mopping floors, and wiping down surfaces.
- Clean your pug’s stuff. Regularly clean your pug’s toys and bedding.
Consider trying out these methods with a foster dog or a friend’s dog first before committing to your own pug. Remember, while they may help mitigate the severity of allergies, everyone is different.