Is it true that Havanese Dogs are Hypoallergenic?
Yes, Havanese Dogs are Hypoallergenic. The Havanese is a non-shedding dog, and it is considered a hypoallergenic dog. There are various grooming and clipping styles for the Havanese to maintain a clean coat. The Havanese breed typically lives 15 years on average and is a sturdy little dog breed with few major health concerns.
What You Need to Know About Havanese Dogs and Allergies
A hypoallergenic dog is a type of dog that won’t negatively impact someone who is allergic to dog dander, the same as with hypoallergenic cats, like the hairless sphynx. If you are thinking about adopting a Havanese dog but are worried about their long hair and your dog allergies, you are in luck. Despite this happy little pup’s silky coat, it is classified as being hypoallergenic. This means it is ideal for those who can’t own pets that have a lot of dander in their hair. Cute, fluffy, and totally hypoallergenic, a Havanese dog is the perfect long-time companion for someone who suffers from allergies.
The first thing you should do before getting too excited and running to your nearest pet shop is to consult your doctor. Even though a Havanese is hypoallergenic, it will still shed a little, just like dogs that have short hair still shed a small amount. If your allergy is too severe, you might be better off adopting a molerat or something that doesn’t have any hair. Because while the Havanese’s shedding is minuscule, there is still dander on their hairs. This word of advice goes to people with allergies looking to adopt any breed of dog. Check to make sure your allergy is mild enough to handle a hypoallergenic animal of any kind.
With that piece of advice out of the way, it’s time to talk more about Havanese dogs. If your allergies will handle its scant shedding and you decide to adopt one, you should know there is going to be a lot of brushing involved. It is critical that you brush your pup regularly to catch any of its dead hair before they can shed. This will reduce your chance of having an uncomfortable allergic reaction by a lot. Brush gently once a day or once a week, but make sure you don’t forget.
Why Are Havanese Dogs Hypoallergenic?
At this point, you are probably curious how a fluffy dog like the Havanese is able to be hypoallergenic. This can be summed up in two unique qualities this lovely animal has which sets it apart from other hypoallergenic dog breeds. First is that the Havanese does not drool copiously as other dogs do.
Many people don’t know this, but what humans are generally allergic to is the dog’s dander and saliva. Because the Havanese keeps its yucky saliva in its mouth, this isn’t a problem for people with allergies.
Second is the dog’s coat itself. Their coat is double-layered, silky smooth, and hardly sheds a scrap of hair. This means it produces way less irritating dander than other dogs do.
You won’t get an allergic reaction to dander because there won’t be any floating around the house like specs of dust. These positive aspects of the Havanese are what makes it so beloved by allergy sufferers all over the world.
No Dog is Truly Hypoallergenic
It is important to understand that no matter what anyone says, no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, not even the favourited Havanese. That said, the Havanese and other “hypoallergenic” dogs like the labradoodle or the poodle do possess traits (like we’ve already discussed) that will not evoke nasty reactions in people with allergies.
And Because all dogs will shed their hair in one way or the other, let’s take a closer look at how the Havanese sheds its hair in such a way that doesn’t cause allergic reactions, therefore making it “hypoallergenic.”
The reason a dog’s hair sheds is the same reason human beings shed their skin. Old and already dead hairs fall out to make room for new healthy hairs, just like our old crusty skin flakes off to be replaced by new skin. The reason a poodle or a Havanese is considered hypoallergenic is because of how their coats are textured.
When the old hair falls out, rather than just slipping onto the floor or onto your nice couch cushions like a retriever’s hair would, they get caught inside the external coat. They have an inner coat and an outer coat, and the outside coat acts as a filter. The dead hairs get trapped in a net of… well, hair. This is how they don’t shed as other dogs do.
Having Said That…
The reason my wife got our little Havanese Nessie is that she has allergies and this dog was an option. Her allergies are not an issue with Nessie.
Although sometimes Nessie farts and I wonder…
Do I Need to Brush My Havanese Dog?
Absolutely, yes. Because of what we just talked about, Havanese dogs must be groomed constantly. The dead hairs that are trapped in the outer coat filter must be removed or they will, eventually, fall out and possibly cause an allergic reaction. Worse than this, if your Havanese isn’t brushed on a semi-daily basis, their gross dead hair will get ensnared inside the outer coat. Their hair will matt and get nasty. We’ve all seen this before with lazy dog owners and their scruffy, matted dogs. This can be hugely dangerous for the dog because their clumpy, unkempt hair can rub their skin and open wounds, which are then susceptible to infections. The hair will eventually need to be cut out with scissors to keep the dog from sustaining further injuries.
Short-Haired Havanese Dogs
Believe it or not, there are actually some breeds of Havanese dog that carry with them a mutation in their genes that gives them a short coat. Most Havanese has a long silky coat, but these “mutants” are born with a trimmed and neater coat. The problem with this for people who suffer from allergies is that shorter hair means more shedding. It’s good to be aware of this when adopting a Havanese. If it has short hair, beware of the dander and shedding. Of course, since this is a mutation, the chances are pretty slim of you ever happening across a short-haired Havanese dog unless you are looking for one.
All things considered, Havanese dogs are one of the best (and only) long-haired dogs for people who have dog allergies. Friendly, loyal, and happy, a Havanese will be your best hypoallergenic friend for a full fifteen years if you treat them with love and care.