The best pets to get for families with allergies
According to research, it was observed that 1 in 3 Brits have animal-related allergies. However, no definite cause for this has been discovered. If you or a family member have a form of animal-related allergy, you might have been advised not to own a pet. In this article, you will learn about different pets that are safe to own if you are allergic
Major allergy stimulants in animals.
When a person is allergic, one of the major stimulants in animals is their fur. When choosing a pet as a person or family with allergies, you should try looking for animals that shed less hair. These animals are mostly referred to as hypoallergenic. This include dog breeds like Portuguese Water Dog, Brussels Griffon, Shih Tzu and Maltese Terrier to name a few.
Portuguese Water Dog
The Portuguese water dog has a curly and wavy coat which is closely packed and shed less hair compared to many breeds with as much fur. They make for a great companion and have a life expectancy of 10 to 14 years. Obviously, from the name, this breed enjoys swimming and will be a great swimming partner if that is your hobby.
This breed is always playful and pretty self-confident. If you want an active pet, this is definitely one to have around. This breed enjoys mental and physical stimulation. It is a suitable breed for individuals with allergies since its coat is smooth and shed less. Also, it needs minimal grooming and brushing to get rid of dead hair. The life expectancy of this breed is 12–15 years.
Apart from dogs, some cats have also been found to be hypoallergenic. These cats shed less fur and great companinons. One of them is the Siberian Cat Breed. On an average, this breed weigh 8 to 17 pounds. Interestingly, these cats comes in different colours such as white, blue, red, and silver. This breed is relatively healthy and require minimal care from its owner.
Munchkin and Balinese cat
Munchkin has extremely short legs and thick body. It is mostly suited for children due to there short legs. The Balinese cat has an elegant silky fur making it fun to snuggle and care for. Another breed that you might want to check out is the Javanese breed. This breed is energetic, athletic and also helpful. Other breeds include Cornish Rex and Sphynx
Fur free animals
When looking at pets to choose if you are allergic, you can also look at other animals that do not have fur. An example is Goldfish. An amazing fact is that goldfishes recognise their owners. The goldfish has a life expectancy of 4 to 10 years. You can also get a Parakeet. These are little birds that enjoy singing and also playing
Gerbils and hamsters are also nice pets. These animals are highly intelligent and easily trained using positive reinforcement. You can also go for Bearded Dragon. These reptiles have a life expectancy of 7-10 years. Bearded Dragon enjoys human interaction, however, they might need extra care when it comes to setting up shelter. In summary, take a look at other animals outside the common furry friends we are used to.