So, you have a dog allergy, or someone in your house does? You’re wondering if the famed bat-eared creatures, French Bulldogs, are hypoallergenic? Well, unfortunately for you and all aspiring dog owners with allergies, no dog truly is hypoallergenic. This doesn’t mean you can’t own a dog, but you should understand how much time goes into helping yourself through the sniffles and which breed is best for your allergies. So, French Bulldogs are not hypoallergenic technically, but how allergy-friendly are they?
So French Bulldogs Aren’t Hypoallergenic, Are Any Dogs?
It might come as a surprise, but no dog is hypoallergenic, even hairless ones. This is because people don’t simply respond to dog fur. People have reactions from their skin cells, oil, urine saliva, and dander as well.
Curly-haired breeds make the best dogs for those who are allergic due to the pattern of their hair, which keeps the oil, dander, and skin cells from reaching the surface.
Their Furry Coat
French Bulldogs have fine short coats, but they still need regular brushing like other dogs. They shed about twice a year, once before the winter, and after winter. This makes them moderate shedders.
It isn’t necessarily French Bulldogs’ shedding that makes them not hypoallergenic.
Tips for Making French Bulldogs More Hypoallergenic
Brush It Off
As previously said, regularly groom your Frenchie. You can groom them with a grooming glove that will protect you from any skin, oil, and dander you may come into contact with during. If this is still too much for you, have a friend or family member groom them when needed.
Fashionable French Bulldogs and Hypoallergenic Apparel
Something you may not have thought of is dressing up your pooch. There is plenty of French Bulldog size cotton t-shirts on the market. It doesn’t have to be fully cotton, but cotton is comfortable to wear and easier to wash.
A t-shirt will keep your Frenchie from leaving dead hair and skin cells all over, or well at least less of them, around your home. More hypoallergenic and remarkably cute French Bulldogs? Yes, thank you.
Clean Your Doggy Stuff Regularly
Washing your dog’s bed cover, clothes, even toys can help remove those pesky allergy-causing bits your dog leaves around. Buying a dog bed that has a removable and washable cover is a go-to.
Vacuum that Carpet
A little house cleaning can also help with doggy allergies. Vacuum your carpet and rugs every two weeks and clean them periodically. Focus on spots that get more action from your Frenchie, as in places around your Frenchies bed, kennel, and toys.
A Bath a Day Keeps the Sniffles Away
Not a surprise, bathing your Frenchie can aid in avoiding sniffles as well. Wash them every one to two weeks to reduce allergens. Bathe them only in mild shampoo as too much bathing and harsh shampoo can cause their skin to be dry, flaky, and itchy. This will make your allergies only worse.
No French Bulldogs Allowed: Hypoallergenic Areas
Another good tip is having areas of the house where your dog isn’t allowed. This will allow you to have an area where you won’t have to worry about the sniffles. The best room to do this in is your bedroom, where dog allergies can affect your sleep. Limiting the areas where you are in contact with these allergens will help combat their effects.
Compartmentalize Your Ensemble
Having specific clothes for when you spend time with French Bulldogs will help make more hypoallergenic places for yourself. How? Well, keeping your work or going out clothes separate from the apparel you wear around your pet will protect you from having the sniffles outside of the house. No one wants to be sneezing and itching at work.
Are You Ready to Hypoallergenic your French Bulldog and House?
As anyone can see, it takes a lot of work and upkeep to save yourself from itchiness and sniffles when owning a dog when you have allergies. It is definitely possible, though, and takes strategy.
So, French Bulldogs aren’t hypoallergenic, but you can mold your life around the sniffles they may give you. Are you up to it?