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Chihuahua: have low dander which dose not bother people..allergies

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Do Chihuahua's have a lot of dander? I know Poodles have low dander which dose not bother people with dog allergies?
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
Actually the best way to find out if a breed bothers you is to visit adults of that breed.
I'm most allergic of all to my standard poodle while my other breeds don't bother me anywhere near as much.
You cannot always be sure if you only see puppies if the adults will bother you or not so visiting adults is important when selecting a breed.
I can also tell you that many people are less allergic to neutered animals than to intact (not spayed or neutered) ones.
You may also find that with a good diet and regular grooming the breed of your choice is a better fit than it might otherwise be.
I also found that allergy shots and allergy medications are needed to help me cope with my dog allergies. Its worth it though as I love the dogs so much!
All dogs have dander and all dogs lose some so a lot depends on how allergic you are and if the particular breed is one that bothers you a lot or not. Chi's do shed and do have some dander but a clean dog might be less of a bother to you than a lower shedding dog that isn't groomed as often.
There is some indication that lighter colored animals may be easier to cope with than darker ones for allergy sufferers - but if you are severely allergic then you need to discuss it with your doctor before getting a dog as giving up a puppy after you get one is awfully hard on you and on the puppy too!
Hope this helps you!
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Nancy Holmes's Post: Thank you for responding so quickly Some very good info that I did not know. thank you very much!
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
You are welcome - if you found my answer helpful you can accept it!

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