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    Are Yorkie Dogs Hypoallergenic

    If you’re a dog owner who is allergic to dogs, you have two choices. You can either endure the agony of your allergic symptoms to be with them or you avoid them altogether.


    Neither choice seems very appealing. If you’re a dog lover, being able to spend time with your pooch becomes the high point of your day.

    Some dog loving allergy sufferers have asked the question, “Are Yorkie dogs hypoallergenic?” Technically, there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. Yorkshire terriers aren’t 100 percent allergy-free, but they are an excellent choice for allergy sufferers.

    Yorkies shed less hair and dander than other dogs. This fact makes it possible for humans and Yorkies to live happily under the same roof.

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    Are Yorkies Hypoallergenic

    Last month, I ran into an old friend that I hadn’t seen for quite some time. I invited her over to my house for lunch so that we could catch up.

    During her visit, she mentioned that she was feeling a little depressed. She had wanted a dog but couldn’t get one because she was allergic to them.

    I was a little puzzled by her statement. She hadn't shown any symptoms of her allergy in the first hour that she spent at my place.

    Just then, my three-year-old Yorkie, Tipsy, came into the room. She sat down near my friend just out of her view.

    When I motioned for my dog to come closer, I said to my friend, “Alexis, I’d like you to meet my best friend, Tipsy.”

    Alexis’ face lit up like a Christmas tree. She stroked and cuddled Tipsy like they were old friends. I could see that Alexis’ eyes were starting to fill with water from being so happy and not from an allergic reaction to Tipsy.

    That’s when I mentioned to her that she should get herself a Yorkshire terrier. They shed very little, wouldn’t make her allergies flare up, and would be perfect for her lifestyle.

    Are Yorkies hypoallergenic?

    Alexis said that “seeing is believing” and that she would definitely get herself a Yorkie. She also said that she would bring the new pup over to my house so that her dog and Tipsy could have a play-date.

    As a life-long animal lover, I feel that no one should have to live their life without the joy and companionship that a pet can bring them. When you have the right options, there are ways to lead a happy, fulfilled existence.

    Are Yorkie Dogs Hypoallergenic?

    With their long, silky coats, Yorkies are dogs that shed their hair and dander (skin flakes) very infrequently as opposed to other dogs. Of course, any person could be affected by the hair and dander of an animal. It all depends on how sensitive an allergic person is to their surroundings. It's always best to spend time with any dog you're thinking of adopting, to be absolutely sure.

    It helps that the Yorkshire terrier or Yorkie is a small dog weighing less than seven pounds.  Part of the toy dog breed, these dogs were originally bred to get rid of the mice and rats that occupied the mills, fields, and mine shafts of northern England during the 1800s.

    Top 10 Dogs for People with Allergies

    Here's a good "Top 10" list video for hypoallergenic dogs that I saw online. I don't put too much stock in the particular order that the breeds are listed in this video.

    Why People Suffer from Dog Allergies

    Since being allergic to dogs is a common occurrence and affects 20 percent of thepopulation of western countries, scientific studies were done to find out what the cause of the allergy was. It was determined that Can f 1, a major dog allergen, is the reason some people suffer from skin rashes, hay fever symptoms, and breathing difficulties.

    Dogs that are considered to be hypoallergenic are thought to have lower amounts of Can f 1 and would produce fewer allergic reactions in their human counterparts. There is no real proof showing that dogs that are classified as “hypoallergenic” are actually allergy-free simply because they don’t shed.

    Humans can also be allergic to an animal’s saliva and feces. While you may not be handling feces with your bare hands, your dog will definitely shower you with kisses to show how much they love you.

    How to Minimize Dog Allergy Symptoms

    In order to minimize the likelihood of an allergic reaction to your furry friend, there are a few courses of action that you can try. If you find that you are allergic to the dog that you already have, these might make your life a little easier:

    • Keep the dog out of the bedroom. Keep the bedroom door and its air vents closed
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      Confine the dog to a specific area of the house
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      Vacuum your home frequently
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      Place HEPA room air cleaners around your house
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      Replace your central air/heating air filters regularly
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      Wipe down all furniture and hard surfaces
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      Dry-clean or wash all curtains and bed coverings
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      Steam-clean carpets and upholstered furniture
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      Wipe the pet down with baby wipes or a wet cloth on a daily basis
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      Bathe your pet once a week or more using an anti-allergen pet shampoo
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      Consult your physician about getting allergy shots

    If you are allergic to animals and don’t have a dog, but want one (or two), you should adopt one from the hypoallergenic group like a Yorkshire terrier. After you get your new low-shedding friend, it would be a good idea to follow the steps mentioned above to reduce the possibility of having a severe allergic reaction.

    Final Thoughts

    Providing that you don’t suffer from severe asthma attacks, there’s no reason why you should deny yourself the pleasure of having a four-legged furry friend around your home. There are many steps that you can take to lower the risk of an unwanted allergy-based attack.

    Besides being “low-shedders”, Yorkshire terriers are playful and energetic, not to mention, incredibly cute. Once you look into their soulful eyes, you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of this solution sooner. This arrangement is a lifesaver for both of you.

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    About the AuthorAngela Miller

    Hello, my name is Angela Miller. Several years ago, I rescued a little seven-year-old Bichon Frise. I started looking into dog nutrition so I could keep my little love bug for as long as I possibly could. I love my dog too much to feed him unhealthy food. I hope some of the things I've learned along the way will help you and your dog.

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