Scottish Terriers Are a Hypoallergenic Dog Breed… But What Does That Mean Exactly and How Is It Better for You
Scottish Terriers are undoubtedly the cutest pups to own. Their bearded faces and short, stubby bodies easily melt your heart. Their physical features, however, are not the only reasons Scotties are so lovable – Scottish Terriers are also a hypoallergenic dog breed. You might be wondering, “how are hypoallergenic dogs better for me and my family?”
While Scotties are not 100 percent allergen-free, they do have unique features that make pet allergy flare-ups less frequent compared to a non-hypoallergenic dog breed.
As springtime begins to roll around, we at Southern Scotties are here to help you get a better understanding of how choosing a hypoallergenic dog can better benefit you and your family- especially during the start of the allergy season.
Contrary to popular belief, most people with pet allergies are triggered by pet dander rather than the actual fur itself. Dander is skin that flakes off an animal, which can cause allergy symptoms such as watery eyes, sneezing, congestion, and more. Because hypoallergenic dog breeds do not shed, there is less dander in the air and even around the home to trigger allergies.
Scotties Have Hair, Not Fur: Just like the hair on the top of your head, Scotties have hair that continues to grow longer and longer over time. While this means that you may have to regularly groom your pet, you don’t have to worry about your dog shedding fur everywhere around your home. This reduces the amount of allergy attacks that can happen and makes your home a friendlier environment for people who do suffer from pet allergies.
In Addition to Less Pet Dander, Scotties Also Produce Less Saliva: Many people are surprised to hear that dog saliva is also a source of people’s pet allergies. But according to a 2013 research study, scientists found that pet saliva is also an allergen source for people who suffer from pet allergies. Large dogs such as Saint Bernards, Bloodhounds, Great Pyrenees, and so on have thick coats and produce a large amount of saliva, causing allergy flare-ups. Scottish Terriers, however, do not produce a large amount of saliva or drool, making allergic reactions less likely to occur.
They Are Great for Kids: Children are the most common victims of allergies. Whether it’s seasonal or dietary, kids tend to have allergies that they either eventually outgrow or must live with for their entire life. Because Scotties are a hypoallergenic dog breed, they are a great addition to the home as they will not trigger the allergy symptoms that a non-hypoallergenic dog would.
Less Shedding Means Less Furry Clean-ups: Along with fewer allergy attacks, one benefit that everyone can appreciate about owning a hypoallergenic dog is that there’s less fur for you to clean up. When you have a hypoallergenic dog like a Scottish Terrier, you do not have to constantly remove pet fur from furniture, carpets, and everywhere else. Scotties’ fur doesn’t come out in clumps when you pet it or when your four-legged friend has to scratch an itch.
Adopt Your Family’s New Best Friend at Southern Scotties Today!
We still have Scottish Terriers ready to find loving homes at Southern Scotties. If your home is ready to add a hypoallergenic furry friend to your family, be sure to check out the Southern Scotties Facebook page for updates on our Scottie pups that are currently available for adoption. For more questions regarding our Scottish Terriers, feel free to reach out to us today!