Hypoallergenic dogs are those that are less likely to cause an allergic reaction to a human being. American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology states that 10% of the people in the USA are allergic to dogs. Are french bulldogs hypoallergenic too?
No, french bulldogs are not completely hypoallergenic. Even though they are a short hair breed, they still can cause allergies in people. However, no dog breed is 100% hypoallergenic.
If you love Frenchies and want to own one, but are concerned about any allergies they may cause, then you have come to the right place. Here you will find the precise answers so keep reading.
Are French Bulldogs Bad For Allergies?
French bulldogs can be bad for allergies but only for those people who are suffering from severe allergic reactions. For example, pollen or cat allergies. People who have suppressed immune systems may also develop allergies from Frenchies.
A French bulldog is not a good choice of pet for allergy sufferers as they shed twice or thrice in a year with constant mild shedding. Shedding also increases in summer as they lose their winter coat.
It’s not actually the hair of the Frenchie that causes an allergic reaction in people but the dander (flakes of skin) attached with the hair. As french bulldogs shed a lot of hair the amount of dander produced is also higher. Dander easily sticks with their tough, short hairs.
Some people may also be allergic to the saliva of a French bulldog. Frenchies are not shy of licking and playing with their owners and drooling saliva is their common characteristic.
The saliva of a French bulldog can cause a quicker allergic reaction than the dander. But healthy people that have no history of an allergic reaction can safely own a French bulldog.
No, all fourteen types of french bulldogs including blue, fawn, white, and brindle can pose a threat of allergic reaction in sensitive people. None of the types is 100% hypoallergenic. Because the types of french bulldogs are on the basis of color mostly, change in color of the coat or skin cannot reduce or stop the dog from shedding its hair along with dander.
Although there may be a minor difference among the types of Frenchies according to the severity of allergy they can cause and the amount of hair they shed, this difference is mainly due to the genetics of each individual dog. If parents of any dog shed less hair, most often their offspring will also shed less hair and hence lower chances of allergic reaction.
Signs That You Are Allergic To Your French Bulldog?
Many signs can appear in a person who is allergic to french bulldogs. Signs can range from being mild to highly severe. If signs of allergy appear you should immediately consult a doctor. Some of these signs are the following;
- You will start to sneeze
- You may have a runny nose
- Watery and red eyes with itching
- Blue colored skin below the eyes with swelling
- Upward rubbing of the nose, common in children
- Dyspnoea (labored or difficult breathing)
- Coughing ranging from mild to severe
- Pain in the chest and tightening of the chest
- Audible sounds of wheezing or whistling while exhaling
- Sleeplessness due to short breath, coughing, and wheezing.
- Redness of skin
- Rashes may appear on the skin
- Eczema (inflammation of the skin due to severe immune response)
- Hives (red, raised skin patches)
- Itching on the skin
Are you suffering from allergies? But still want to own a French bulldog? Or you already have a French bulldog because you can’t resist how adorable they are? Here are some easy tips and tricks that may help to reduce the incidence of your allergies from your furry, little fellow.
- Regular grooming of your Frenchie
Grooming is a very important and easy way to get rid of dander or dead skin cells and excess hair that may act as allergens. Regular grooming will also improve the health of your dog’s skin and coat.
Use a medium bristle brush for cleaning your Frenchie’s coat and it is advised to always wear a mask and gloves while grooming.
- Cleaning of facial folds
Facial folds on a French bulldog are an ideal place for the accumulation of dead skin, dander, and saliva. Regularly clean them to reduce the chances of any allergy. Also, trim their nails when needed.
- Keep them away from the furniture
Due to their playful nature Frenchies often follow their owners everywhere, but you must keep them away especially from your bed, pillows, and sofas. This will help reduce dander in your house. If you have carpets or rugs in the house regularly vacuum them as dander can easily accumulate on such things.
Regularly wash bedsheets if you allow your Frenchie to sleep with you. You can use pet hair removers for washing machines, for maximum removal of hairs from clothes and bedsheets while washing.
- Washing and cleaning of linen or bedding of dog
Regular washing and cleaning of the dog’s bedding area are advised. This will decrease the load of allergens, especially dander in the house. This practice will keep your dog’s coat free of dust, mites, dander, etc. If you are sensitive, it’s better to not clean yourself ask someone who is not allergic.
- Use hypoallergenic clothing
It sounds funny but it’s a fact, if you put clothes on your French bulldog this will help you to avoid allergic reactions. Different kinds of shirts and pajamas are available for french bulldogs. Putting hypoallergenic clothing on the dog will reduce your contact with the hair and dander of your dog. These clothes are comfortable for the dog to wear unless the size is not correct and you can easily wash them.
- Good quality diet
A nutritious diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals is essential for the health of your dog and reduces hair loss. The diet of a French bulldog should be balanced because it is very important for the health of the coat and skin.
- Antiallergic Medications
You can consult a doctor for antiallergic medications in case you are very sensitive. These medications will help control signs of allergies.
Which Dogs Are Most Hypoallergenic?
Many dog breeds are more hypoallergenic than the others but no dog breed is 100% hypoallergenic as already mentioned. These dog breeds can be an ideal choice for pets especially for those people who are allergic to dogs but still want to own one. Some of these hypoallergenic dog breeds are the following:
- Maltese poodle
These dogs rarely shed, and hence are a good choice for sensitive people.
They only shed when you brush them and have beautiful long coats.
- West Highlander Terrier
They do shed a little but are still considered hypoallergenic.
- Chinese Crested
These dogs are almost hairless and rarely shed whatever hair they have.
This breed is a cross between Maltese poodle and labrador retriever, second-generation labradoodle whose both parents were labradoodle is a good choice for sensitive people they rarely shed.
Good for cold climate and considered to be moderately hypoallergenic.
- Italian Greyhound
Belongs to the greyhound family and sheds very little.
They are not completely hypoallergenic but can be more hypoallergenic than other types of French bulldogs. Because they are the smallest type of Frenchie, hence they have less body area and shed less hair than other types. Due to their miniature size, they are easy to clean and groom regularly. But still, they can prove allergic to sensitive people.
Blue Frenchies are not hypoallergenic, they also can cause allergic reactions to sensitive people from their hair dander and saliva.
No dog breed is 100% hypoallergenic including French bulldogs. So if you are sensitive to dogs and want to own one you must choose very carefully because caring for a pet is a big commitment. It is especially true for French bulldogs because they demand a lot of love and attention from their owner and are not shy of licking and playing with their owners. But if you still want to own a Frenchie then you must adopt all the measures mentioned above to save yourself from getting an allergic reaction. A well-known saying goes “to know a French bulldog is to love one”.
- Pet allergy – Symptoms and causes. (2021, August 4). Mayo Clinic.