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As hypoallergenic dogs go - American Hairless Terriers are probably the closest breed to the definition that there is!

Dog allergy can strike anyone at any age. Allergens are very small, sticky, and lightweight proteins contained in dead skin cells (also called dander) and saliva. These allergens attach to carpets, upholstered furniture, mattresses and clothes from direct contact with the dog.

If these allergens are allowed to dry they will become airborne making them even more of a problem. They are then able to drift about your home, contaminating everything.

Hypoallergenic dogs like the American Hairless Terrier have a significantly reduced allergy reaction for most people. This is because the dander stays with the dog rather than being released into the environment.

The secret being that even though American Hairless Terriers produce the same amount of lubricating skin oil as coated dogs, they have no coat to disperse it. The oil stays on the surface of the skin trapping the dander and keeping it out of the environment.

Being named "hypoallergenic dogs" doesn't mean that an allergic reaction is completely out of the question, you may have some kind of reaction, so just keep that in mind. Ultimately it may be a “balancing act” of your health against your desire to live with a dog.

The following 10 Tips will reduce the amount of allergen build up in your home, reducing your allergic reactions and allowing you to live in harmony with your hypoallergenic dogs.

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Regularly vacuum your floors, at least every few days, every day is best. Wipe solid floors over with a damp sponge or cloth and be careful with which detergent you use as some cleaning products can burn your dog's feet. I've even found the smell of some cleaning products will make your dog want to pee on the floor. Carpets are not a good idea as they hold grease and dander even after vacuuming. Wooden or ceramic floorings are best. If you have wooden flooring make sure the gaps are filled so the dead skin cells can't fall between the boards to build up and cause problems. With wooden flooring it does really need to be well sealed, if your dog pees on the floor it could soak into it and cause you a reaction.
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Keep soft furnishings to a bare minimum: pillows, curtains, blankets will hold dander. If possible, put them in a plastic bag and place in the freezer for 10mins to kill some of the allergens, also wash them every few days. Leather furniture is best as there is less dander build up.
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We spend around a third of our life in the bedroom. So it is even more important that we make this a dander free zone. Experts say that if you can breathe "pure" air for 8 to 10 hours each night, you can probably tolerate more exposure to allergenic substances during the day. Keep your bedroom as free of allergen catchers as possible: the furniture clean and simple; pictures or hanging decorations at a bare minimum; no magazines or newspapers. Nothing under the bed. No clutter. No bulky drapes. No carpeting, especially deep pile or loop. The more washable surfaces, the better. Because dead skin sticks to clothes, you should undress outside the bedroom. It is also useful to take a shower and either wash or thoroughly brush your hair before going to bed. Under no circumstances are pets to go into bedrooms even hypoallergenic dogs. Keep the bedroom doors closed, or put baby gates up, to stop them getting in.
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Bathe your dog 2-3 times a week or when necessary. The American Hairless Terrier appears to be more tolerant, to being bathed regularly, but keep an eye on their skin and make sure that it does not dry out from to much bathing.
No Dogs On The Furniture

Train your dog to keep off the furniture.
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Wash your dog's bedding at least once a week, more is better.
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Keep all rooms well ventilated and try air filters in the rooms you spend most time in. Air filters help remove the smallest of airborne particles including pollen, dust, animal hairs, mites, smoke and odours. The HEPA filter is one such filter, originally developed for use in clinical applications and is a breath of fresh air for allergy sufferers. It filters out 99.97% of particles >0.3 micrometres. This air purifier uses a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter in association with an active carbon filter to remove the smallest of airborne particles including pollen, dust, animal hairs, mites, smoke and odors. Check out one of the web-sites for this product. www.airandwatercentre.com or www.4air.co.uk
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If your dog wears a coat throughout the day, it's a must to have a fresh one daily.
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For yourself you can take some anti-histamine, or some medication from your doctor to reduce your allergies, but keep in mind they don't always work too well.
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Train your dog not to lick you as it could cause a reaction and wash your hands after having contact with your dog. Dried saliva can also be a problem for you as it can become airborne, so wash your dogs toys and keep them clean.