Are Border Collies hypoallergenic? Anyone who loves dogs, and is prone to allergies wonder if a particular dog breed is hypoallergenic.
Hypoallergenic means ‘below average’ or ‘slightly’ allergenic, which in fact means that something, in this case, dogs cause fewer allergic reactions.
A hypoallergenic dog breed is one that causes fewer allergy symptoms.
If you think of adopting a border collie, it is a good idea to check if this breed would be a good fit given your pet allergies.
Are Border Collies hypoallergenic?
No, Border Collies are not hypoallergenic. In fact, scientific studies and researches have not found any evidence that some dog breeds can be totally hypoallergenic.
However, some breeds can be more or less hypoallergenic. How does it work with border collies?
Why Border Collies are not hypoallergenic?
Having your Border Collie inside the house means that the dog’s dander and saliva stuck to the hair is spread out on the floors and carpets.
This means that the more dog shed the more allergen proteins are scattered around the house.
In fact, Border Collies shed a lot, so your allergies may explode, especially during the seasonal coat change.
Conversely, even dogs with short hair still shed, and if not bathed regularly can trigger a reaction to a sensitive person.
As you see shedding is a vital factor when assessing your dog for its hypoallergenic abilities.
Tips to reduce Border Collie allergies
Take a border collie on trial
This is not always possible, but when you adopt a border collie taking it for a one or two week trial is always a good idea.
Normally, within up to two weeks, you have enough insides whether you will be able to cope with your allergies.
Have a clean house
As we said when dogs shed the dog’s dander and saliva attaches to the hair and is distributed around the floors or even stick to the low part of the walls.
Cleaning and vacuuming your house frequently can reduce the risk of getting allergic symptoms.
One solution to ease the vacuuming process is to remove carpets and have only hard floors or tiles that are easy to vacuum and wipe. This way the hair will not stick to the carpet and can be easily removed.
Any blankets or covers that you have on your couches should be washed regularly.
In general, considering your allergies, it is better to not allow the dog to lay on the couch.
Your bedroom should be a dog no go zone
By keeping your Border Collie outside of your bedroom you can create an allergen-free zone where no dogs hair will be present, thus lessening a chance of getting an allergic reaction.
In case you get one, you know that in your bedroom you can rest and treat your allergies when they start acting up.
Bathing Border Collie regularly
At least once a week give your border collie a proper bath using a suitable dog shampoo. This will remove most of the dander for the time being.
Grooming is very important with Border Collies but do it outside. You really don’t want additional hair and dander particles on your floors.
We recommend having a dedicated place for grooming where you have easy access to all brushes. Make sure after you finish, clean your brushes from your hair.
If possible, ask your non-allergic family member to do the grooming. This way you can minimise the risk of getting an allergic reaction.
By grooming frequently you can control shedding to some extent and have less hair in your house.
Play and exercise outside
Border Collies are super active, but that does not mean they should be exercising indoors, considering your dog allergies.
If you have a yard, try to have a scheduled exercise while you are home.
Take your dog for a long walk every day and let it run, fetch, catch ball or frisbee, so when it comes back home it is tired and does not run around your house spreading more hear.
In summary, try not to let your dog get crazy inside the house as this can get you more unwanted dander and saliva.
Border Collie diet
Feeding your Border Collie good food is vital to your dog’s health.
If you feed your dog with cheap food that has a lot of artificial additives, it can cause digestive problems, but also dog’s skin issues that can produce more dander.
We always recommend premium food containing natural ingredients. With a proper diet, your dog’s skin will become healthier causing less dander.
Border Collies gender can be important
Scientific research proved that gender is also important in accessing your dog’s hypoallergenic abilities. Fluids of one gender can cause allergies, while the others do not.
For instance, some people can be only allergic to male border collies as they have a strong reaction to prostate protein.
If you think of adopting a dog, it is worthwhile to spend some time with it and checking how you react while playing with the dog. After a few visits, you can make the right decision.
It is possible to treat a dog’s allergies to some extent by taking medicine or getting an ‘allergy shot’, but that may not solve your problems entirely.
The best way is to consult with your allergist and ask what to do in your case.
Are Border Collies hypoallergenic? – Summary
While the best recipe for dog’s allergies is avoidance, we can’t really do it as we love dogs. Especially, Border Collies are smart, intelligent and full of energy – that is why so many people want this bread.
Making a decision to get a dog should be based on how strong your allergic reactions are, but also whether you can ease the way you handle the dog in your environment.
Following some basic house rules can drastically lessen the allergic problems and help you enjoy all the time with your beloved Border Collie.
Learn more about Border Collies:
- Do Border Collies like water?
- Border Collie and Whippet mix – all you need to know
- Are Border Collies good with kids?
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