February 23, 2007, Newsletter Issue #173: Breeds for Asthma Sufferers

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If you're an allergy sufferer and still want a dog, there are a few things you should know. Allergens from dogs (typically a dog's dander) can cause allergic reactions. Those allergens are also considered to be a factor in triggering asthma, an allergic inflammation of the lungs.

But there is hope. Though dogs can't make allergies go away, breeds that are good for allergy and asthma sufferers do exist. These breeds of dogs typically shed very little dander and therefore don't tend to set off a reaction in allergy sufferers. Some of the breeds include the American Hairless, the Basenji, the Bedlington terrier, Bichon frise, Chihuahua, and the poodle. The recently popular "designer breeds" of dogs, which includes Yorkipoos and cockapoos are also known to be better dogs for folks suffering from allergies.

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