Are Shih Tzus Hypoallergenic?

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For people who are sensitive to dog allergies, hypoallergenic dogs are frequently seen as an absolute blessing. However, contrary to common belief, being hypoallergenic does not imply being completely allergy-free. Rather, these breeds are a better option for people who suffer from allergies because they produce fewer allergy-causing particles (“allergens”).

Shih Tzus are a popular breed among many families because of their adorable looks and loving disposition. Full of energy, tenderness, and love, Shih Tzus easily justifies their reputation for being affectionate dogs. Still, there is a common query regarding this breed: “Are Shih Tzus hypoallergenic?” We will look into the answer of this question, and offer helpful advice for both present and potential Shih Tzu owners in this guide.

Come along on a journey to learn more about this adorable dog breed if you're thinking about adding a Shih Tzu to your household.

Hypoallergenic Dogs

People who are allergic to dogs are looking for hypoallergenic dogs, which offer the happiness of dog companionship without the usual allergic reactions. These breeds are better suited for people with sensitivity because they produce fewer allergens, like dander and saliva proteins. 

Although no dog is completely allergy-free, hypoallergenic breeds can lessen allergic reactions and improve the harmony of the home. Hypoallergenic dogs often have non-shedding coats, which stop allergens from spreading, and saliva that is generally less irritating. 

While hypoallergenic dogs can greatly reduce the risk of allergies, prospective dog owners should be aware that each person's reactions may vary and that careful consideration of breed-specific traits and extensive research is essential when selecting a furry friend. For more information, check out our article about hypoallergenic dogs.

Are Shih Tzus Hypoallergenic?

Long story short: Shih Tzus are more hypoallergenic than most dog breeds, meaning they tend to cause less allergic reactions to people who have dog allergies. Shih Tzus are known for having very little hair, and as such are often viewed as fairly hypoallergenic. But it's important to understand that they are not completely hypoallergenic.

Reactions to dander or saliva, not the fur itself, are the main cause of pet allergies, despite popular belief. Shih Tzus tend to trap allergens and dander in their double coats, which keeps them from freely circulating in the environment. This is because they have fine, hair-like fur. For people with allergies, Shih Tzus may be a more bearable option because of this distinctive coat feature.

Practical Techniques for Reducing Shih Tzu Dander

It's not uncommon to find that your Shih Tzu's minimal dander can still cause some allergic reactions. However, this worry can be greatly reduced by putting proactive steps into place. Here are easy ways to lessen Shih Tzu dander and create an environment that is more allergy-friendly:

Bathing Routine

As part of taking care of your dog, make sure to give them regular baths. This helps in removing hair and skin fragments that can cause allergies. Giving baths should be limited to once every six to eight weeks. Giving too many baths to your dog could result in excessively dry skin, which is something we want to avoid.

Regular Brushing

Brushing your Shih Tzu generally is the best way to reduce microscopic skin fragments that can cause allergies. You can use a comb with fine teeth or a soft brush. Regardless of the length of your Shih Tzu's hair, brushing regularly prevents tangles and the accumulation of tiny skin particles.

Dander Remover

To prevent excessively washing your dog, you can also use specialized dander removers. Most of these products are completely safe and have no notable associated risks. It can be applied to your dog's fur by rubbing or spraying. It keeps your dog's skin healthy and helps in the prevention of those microscopic skin particles that cause allergies.

Hand Hygiene

It's important to regularly clean your hands because dog saliva contains proteins that can cause allergies, particularly if your dog touches you. Touching furniture should be done with caution because small pieces of dander can adhere to your hands. After that, touching your face could irritate it. Thus, to be safe, wash your hands frequently.

Strategic Vacuuming

Vacuum cleaning is essential for removing the microscopic skin fragments that settle on the furniture and floors. To prevent the fragments from returning to the atmosphere, use a vacuum equipped with a heap filter. This kind of filter is available from many different vacuum brands, and you can even carry around tiny ones for different uses. To learn more about ways to deal with dog allergies, take a look at our article about home remedies to dog allergies.

Another Solution to Human Allergies

Pacagen’s Dog Allergen Neutralizing Spray (Coming Soon!) is an alternate treatment for human allergies to dogs. By safely and effectively neutralizing the effects of allergens that dogs spread, this innovative product proactively relieves those who are sensitive. 

More specifically, this spray is imbued with specialized proteins that target Can F1 and Can F2: the two main dog allergens (found in saliva and dander) that triggers people’s allergies. By binding to these allergens, the specialized proteins can inhibit their effects, allowing them to pass by without causing uncomfortable symptoms. 

With this, dog lovers can have the company of their furry friends without sacrificing their health, all while promoting the relationship between pet and pet-owner!