So what does the word hypoallergenic mean?
First of all, the actual word hypoallergenic was used in the cosmetics industry on their products labels, to promote a particular product or products as being less likely to cause you a reaction to it.
However! As crazy as it seems, while researching this subject, I found that there are no regulations on the use of that particular word.
And even more surprising hypoallergenic can mean whatever a company wants it to say?
One study that I came across stated that a government body conducted a series of tests on products labelled hypoallergenic, and the result was that ninety per cent still had an ingredient that could cause a reaction.
We know that we all have different degrees of sensitivity to allergy-causing components, known as ( allergens. )
I might be allergic to pollen, pet dander, and even an insect bite, And have symptoms like sneezing and headaches, but someone else could be perfectly fine and have no symptoms what so ever.
So where is this leading us, I suppose that I wanted to start at the very beginning and establish what the word meant and stood for?
The proteins that cause allergies are not only found in animal fur/hair, but these proteins are also found in animal saliva, urine, and dander from the animal’s skin.
And because of this fact, the idea that animals with less hair or have lower shed levels and hence are hypoallergenic isn’t 100% accurate. But that said, cats and dogs that have a closer coat and shed less, which aren’t released into the environment is a start in your search.
Below is a link to a very informative web-page on the subject.
A true extrovert the Sphynx cat, also known as the Canadian sphynx, is high in energy curiosity, intelligence, and have endless affection for their owners.
Also known as the Canadian sphynx, there have been reports of hairless cats throughout our history. Still, breeders in Europe have been concentrating their efforts on the sphynx breed since nineteen sixty.
Even though these cats lack a coat to shed or groom, their skin still needs regular maintenance, as does their ears and nails with weekly cleaning and bathing.
It would not be wise for this particular breed to be outdoors unsupervised.
Their access to direct sunlight should also be limited due to the damage too much sunlight would inflict on their skin.
As well as the sunlight issue, there’s the fact that due to having no hair they cant conserve body heat when the environment is cold.
Speciality cleaning and grooming products, such as skin shampoos and moisturisers etc. are available for this breed, and it is advisable to have these purchased and in the home to use before you bring kitty into your life.
So who would have thought that the Bichon Frise, although depicted as a french dog, didn’t originate in France! Its origins are Spanish and used on sailing ships.
They were also great favourites with the Italian nobility, and later became favourites with the french courts as well. And it was the french that developed them into companion/lapdogs.
These little dogs generally weigh between ten to twenty pounds and are considered to be one of the top hypoallergenic dog breeds.
They have a happy disposition, gentle-mannered, curious, playful, and also good with children.
Regular grooming is a must usually between four to eight weeks, and for that reason, dog groomers frequently become family friends, which isn’t a bad thing.
Although these little dogs are considered hypoallergenic because they don’t easily shed, we humans are all different in regards to allergies, and the dog’s saliva and dander can still find their way onto your clothes bedding, carpets etc.
As with all our pets, care and attention must be given to their health and well-being with regular exercise, proper diet, and of course, a yearly veterinary checkup.
A useful link is below.
In the nineteenth century, the siamese cat was one of the most popular breeds of Asian cats, it was native to China, to begin with, and then brought to Thailand previously known as Siam. Hence the cats name Siamese cat.
An amiable cat which likes the interaction with us humans as well as other cats, they are also intelligent and playful.
Again this is another breed of cat that is classed as an extrovert and is one of the most affectionate breeds you will come across.
The Siamese cat has a life expectancy of twenty years, and because of their social nature, they don’t like being left at home alone, and they certainly don’t like being ignored.
You may think your cat or kitten has got the hump today, but that isn’t the case, because as soon as you show them some interest, they’re there wanting cuddles and rubs.
The coat of a siamese cat is plentiful and soft to the touch, regular weekly brushing is adequate to keep your feline friend looking tidy. However, a daily brushing regime will not only keep their coat tangle-free but will become lustrous.
Regular brushing and cleaning of your pet also help with keeping them in tip-top condition and helps identify any problems earlier than you may generally do.
Did you know there are at least different variants of the poodle? Well, it surprised me when I started to research the breed.
So anyway there are three poodle types, Standard, Miniature, and Toy. It is still a subject of debate where these dogs originated from/ some say they originated in France from the Barbet dog, and some say they were a form of german water dog.
They are now available all over the world.
The poodle is known as being the second most intelligent dog breed that we have today. The first is the collie.
Its quite surprising the many fields that this little dog excels in, such as agility and obedience trials, also herding and tracking, you can also find them performing and assisting in circus acts.
Poodles have a long association with showing at Crufts and other dog shows.
The poodle has also been used by breeders to cross-breed and develop new breeds,
Such as the schnauzer and more recently, the labradoodle and cockerpoo.
The Standard poodle which is the biggest of the original breed, has been used as a gun dog, particularly in Canada and the US in the early nineteen nineties.
These are very athletic dogs, well proportioned and quite elegant.
Poodles don’t have a double coat like some dog breeds, and they have a thick curly coat which rarely sheds, Its the make-up of this single layer coat which allows them to be considered hypoallergenic.
Although I have stated earlier on that no pet with hair or fur can is 100% hypoallergenic when considering a dog or cat for your home its good to know the least offenders as far as coat shedding/ dander, saliva etc.
It stands to reason that pet dogs require less grooming than show dogs, a competent person taking care should be able to clip the poodle’s coat with a pair of electric clippers with the appropriate guards in under half an hour.
Grooming is carried out every six to eight weeks, and attention must also be taken to hair inside of their ears.
Ear cleaning, as well as nail clipping and an overall check of the animal’s body, should be carried out at the same time.
Poodles come in a wide variety of colours including black, white, red, sable, cream, apricot, brown and more!
These dogs require plenty of exercises, along with some mental stimulation each day. They will be slow to accept strangers into your home at first until they realise that the person visiting you is trustworthy.
As with all dogs, a snappy or vicious dog is a big no-no, and the cause will have to be found and rectified. You never know when one of your friends or family will visit and may have a child in tow.
Frequent brushing and bathing are recommended to remove dead hair and dander along with dried saliva will help to minimise the potent allergens. It will also keep your poodle looking its best.
Also known as the Siberian Forest Cat, this breed produces fewer allergens than many others, again a cat that is classed as hypoallergenic but not entirely so.
Originating from Russia centuries ago, when this breed first started appearing at cat shows it was quite puzzling as most cat clubs had their standards as to height, weight, coat etc.
And depending on what part of Russia the cats came from initially determined their looks, hence confusion right from the start.
The Siberian is a very strong and agile cat, with large paws and a sturdy backend which is higher than their frontend which contributes to their jumping prowess.
So it’s a stocky cat and athletic at the same time, with big round eyes which gives it their sweet look.
When you see pictures of this breed of cat, one must wonder how can a cat with this amount of fur be lower in allergens than other cats not classed as hypoallergenic, and while I researched this breed, I found that many studies have been done to prove that it’s true.
Below is more detailed information regarding this breed.
This is the time to mention, that If I was considering a cat as a pet in our home ( which we personally have four, two Sphynx’s and two Tabby’s) and there was an allergy consideration. I would visit a breeder or pet rescue centre and spend some time with the particular cat breed to judge any possible adverse reactions.
We hear so many stories of people that have bought a kitten only to be selling or giving them away a week or so later claiming they or someone in their family has an allergy to it.
Breeders of Pets and Animals, as well as much more, can be found on our sister website link below.
As always with my blogs here are a couple of rescue centre links below.
West Highland White Terrier.
Most commonly known as the Westie, this little dog originated from Scotland. It has a coarse top coat and soft undercoat.
It is another breed of dog which was used for rat-catching on farms etc., a trendy dog in the UK and elsewhere as well as a regular winner at Crufts dog shows.
Generally, known to be good with children, their temperament can vary from dog to dog, and they don’t tolerate rough handling, so something to bear in mind if you have very young children in the home.
Training from a very young age is highly recommended as Westies cab be possessive over their food and toys, a confident, loyal little dog that is always on the go and bonds with its owner readily.
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