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Are Pomeranians Hypoallergenic

Are Pomeranians Hypoallergenic
Are Pomeranians Hypoallergenic?

Whenever people talk about Pomeranians shedding, the inevitable question is asked,  Are Pomeranians hypoallergenic dogs ?

The fact is, there’s no such thing. All canines experience some level of dander and shedding and, therefore, may trigger allergies.

The cause of a pet allergy is exposure to saliva or dander, often on hair that they have shed. While all canines can trigger an allergy, the dogs most hypoallergenic, according to the list belonging to the AKC, are the: Chinese Crested, Irish Water Spaniel, Afghan Hound, Peruvian Inca Orchid, American Hairless Terrier, Bichon Frise, Bedlington Terrier, Maltese, Kerry Blue Terrier, Portuguese Water Dog, Poodle, Lagotto Romagnolo, Xoloitzcuintli, Giant Schnauzer, Standard Schnauzer,  Coton de Tulear and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.

The question of are Pomeranians hypoallergenic has to be answered in the negative, and they’re also not on this list. Therefore, if you do have allergies, it’s wise to be in the company of different Pomeranians before you actually bring one into your home.

As with every animal, Pomeranians do have dander but this is unrelated to their hair or the amount they may shed, as it comes from their skin cells. Dander is dead skin cell flakes that mammals constantly shed. It has similarities to people’s dandruff, but is almost impossible to be seen by human eyes.

Dander, not animal hair, is what makes people have pet allergies.

Are Pomeranians Hypoallergenic
Are Pomeranians Hypoallergenic ?

If you have a pet allergy, you can still have a Pomeranian for a pet if you control your allergies and take positive actions to reduce the amount of dander your dog produces. Are Pomeranians hypoallergenic? No! Dander is always created but, with the actions you take, you shouldn’t need to stress over it.

If a Pomeranian has a home with you already, and you have flaring allergies, there are specific steps to stop the annoying side effects. Grooming is the very first step. Brush your Pomeranian’s coat as often as you can so you’ll have a greater chance of collecting dander and fur before it ends up in the living areas of your home.

Pomeranians have a thick, double coat and will shed once or twice a year. They’re a much better choice of dog for allergy sufferers compared to smooth-coated dogs that shed hair daily.

Regular grooming will help to stop the shedding of his coat and dander. Brush your Pomeranian daily, but don’t over-bathe him because that will cause dry skin and even more dander. 

8 Methods for decreasing allergens.

1. Groom daily. By doing so, you’ll significantly reduce the allergens, particularly if you’re using a product such as Allerpet. Bathing them weekly will help remove dander as well.

2. Instead of allowing your beloved pet to roam the house, and climbing over all the furniture, buy him a designated bed of his own.

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3. Ban the bedroom. You may dislike sleeping without your pet on the bed but, if you ban him from entering your bedroom, it will be a space that’s free of all allergens.

4. Buy a HEPA Filter. A HEPA air cleaner is a wise investment as it will collect a lot of the dander.

5. Vacuum. Keep surfaces clean by regularly vacuuming potential dog hair.

6. Wash your hands. Always wash your hands after you have petted or played with your Pomeranian to avoid germs, allergens and anything else that may affect you.

7. Use Omega-3s. Include Omega-3 fish oil in your dog’s diet and you’ll keep his coat healthy and decrease any dander that exists.

8. Consider Medication…for yourself, not your pet. Your doctor can recommend the best allergy medications for pets.

If you follow the basic tips here, you’ll minimize allergies you may experience, no thanks to your pet’s dander. There’s no dog that’s 100% hypoallergenic but there are things to do to combat your pet’s hair shedding.

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References and Further Reading:
[1] Denise Leo “The Pomeranian Handbook”.

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