Did you know… that approximately 70 million homes in the United States were reported to have at least 1 pet as a member of the household? And this was according to a study done back in 2002!
And of course! There are many attractive reasons for owning a pet dog such as emotional benefits and improved physical and mental health. Studies also show that pet ownership and companionship:
So, you need no further convincing and have your heart set on the Boston Terrier (great choice ;)) but before you go further, maybe you suspect you have a dog allergy or have been diagnosed with one.
Which brings the question…
Are Boston Terriers hypoallergenic? No, Boston Terriers are not considered “hypoallergenic” since they have hair and they shed minimally. When dogs shed hair, dander is spread, which is the main cause of dog allergies in people.
Also, it can be said that there is no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic dog (source). But before you give up hope on companionship with a furry friend…
Let’s find out if the BT being hypoallergenic matters and what you can do to minimize dander.
According to the AKC, hypoallergenic dogs breeds have a non-shedding coat that produces less dander. Apart from saliva, what causes most pet allergies in humans is dander, which is attached to your dog’s hair.
Just as every dog is unique (and there are no non-allergenic dog breeds), each person reacts differently to every dog or breed depending on the allergy, which can range from mild to severe.
So, if you are considering a Boston Terrier and you’re concerned about being allergic, try and get exposed to that particular dog first for a couple of days. This is the most effective and personalized way to see if you have any allergic reactions.
Personally, I have been raised with dogs, had multiple dogs and cats… and ended up being allergic to pet dander – as diagnosed from multiple medical tests.
However, I don’t react the same; I’ve found that it depends on the dog and the environment (continue reading to know what I’m talking about). And this allergy hasn’t stopped me from having and caring for dogs either.
Even if Boston Bull Terriers are not hypoallergenic dogs, they shed minimally and they are not prone to drool. These two characteristics make them a breed to consider amongst the short-haired breeds.
As much as 10% of the U.S. population is allergic to dogs. Plus, 10%–20% of the population worldwide is allergic to dogs and cats. This comes from the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.
So if you want a dog but you are allergic or/and symptomatic (have allergy attacks)… you are definitely not alone!
Dander is one of the allergens that cause irritation to allergy sufferers.
Dog dander is pieces of skin that have flaked off from your dog. It's a common cause of allergic rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever.
The most common reactions to dog dander are:
Your dog’s coat can also carry other indoor allergens (like dust) or outdoor allergens (like pollen). This fact can add to your allergic reaction.
However, when you can introduce and maintain a protocol to remove your dog’s dander in your home, you can reduce the irritation you might get.
Once you have been exposed and know how you will react to a Boston…
Reducing dog dander in your home could help get and keep the Boston Terrier you want while living with your dog allergies.
Follow these 7 simple steps to eliminate dog dander at home:
Brush your Boston Terrier’s coat every week to remove dead hair and dander.
I would recommend you do this in the garden or outdoors to avoid the allergens spreading inside your house. Otherwise if done indoors, then vacuum after you are done.
Bath your dog when they get smelly or dirty. Although regular baths can remove dander from your dog’s skin, they can also dry the skin, which will result in more dander.
How Often to Bathe a Boston Terrier? will provide the step by step guide to bathing your dog and shampoo choices.
However, depending on how your reaction or tolerance, you could also take your Boston to the groomers to avoid the exposure to dander.
When it comes to letting your dog wander around the whole house with no restrictions or boundaries, I find this fosters undesirable effects.
In fact, your dog has no need for it and it helps to teach your pooch to stay calm when you are out of sight (in your bedroom, for instance).
This tip has a great effect on dog allergy sufferers. Even if you are not symptomatic, keeping your dog away from certain rooms helps.
The goal is to limit your daily exposure to possible allergy triggers.
As an extension to step #2, remove, contain, or keep out of reach any hair (and dander) trapping items from your dog, like:
Regardless if you are allergic or not, weekly cleaning is very common (and necessary) for dog owners.
Vacuum weekly to remove hair and dander on the floor. Going for a vacuum cleaner specific for pets like Dyson Animal will often get you better results than regular ones.
Also, follow up with a good dusting.
If you have a Boston, the chances are hair and dander are everywhere.
Your weekly cleaning schedule can also include washing your sofa cushion covers! Bostons are known for their snuggling habits. So if your pooch is allowed on the couch (hopefully made of leather, where hair doesn’t get attached), consider washing blankets and covers.
Your dog’s bed is the one place that will be highly covered with hair and dander.
If you can, you should wash the bedding weekly.
Also, you can wash it when you are planning to give your pooch a bath, so your Boston terrier can snuggle into a clean bed afterwards.
You can maintain your dog’s coat health with natural dog supplements and remedies.
The best dietary supplements for the health of your dog’s skin and coat are those that contain omega-3, especially if they are made from marine oils, such as krill oil.
Coconut oil also improves skin health and clears up conditions like:
Coconut oil is also a rich source of lauric acid, which moisturizes dry skin and gives your dog’s coat a shiny gleam.
The final step in cleansing your house of dog dander is to buy an air purifier.
You can place it in the area your dog is likely to spend most of the day. Plus, changing the air filter monthly will reduce dog dander from spreading around your home.
Boston Bull Terriers shed minimally during the year. They have a short coat that requires low grooming and they shed the most twice a year: during the fall and spring. Find out more about grooming your Boston Terrier and how to reduce shedding here.
Bostons have a low drooling tendency in comparison. Although, they are likely to drool when nervous or excited, from car sickness, or an upset stomach. The Boston Terrier's drooling guide will point to causes and show you when drooling can be related to a health problem.
There's no dog that is 100% hypoallergenic. However, there are less-allergenic dog breeds like Bichon Frises and Miniature Schnauzers. These can be a better choice for those who suffer from dog dander, which is what causes most pet allergies in people. For a complete list, check out the American Kennel’s Club list of hypoallergenic dogs.