Beagles are one of the most popular dog breeds in America. But are beagles hypoallergenic? Does a beagle shed a lot? Are they bad for allergies? These are all questions that many people have about this breed of dog. In this blog post, we will answer these questions and give you tips on how to live with a beagle if you or someone in your family has allergies.
Are beagles hypoallergenic?
No, beagles are not hypoallergenic. According to James T C Li, M.D., Ph.D. there’s no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog breed, although some dogs may cause fewer allergy symptoms than others.
Are beagles bad for allergies?
Many families assume that dogs are to blame for allergies, but in reality, it is proteins found in dog saliva and urine.
The proteins stick to the dead and dried flakes, or dander, from your dog’s skin, and as fur is shed the allergy-causing dander gets released into the air causing allergy symptoms to those allergic to dogs.
As beagles are a compact dog breed, with a short, double coat they don’t shed as much as dogs with longer fur.
The short fur and low shedding potentially make beagles a good choice for those who want a dog but have a family member with allergies such as asthma.
Do beagles shed a lot?
Beagles are classed as a low to moderate shedding dog breed.
People think that small dogs with short hair do not shed. However, this is not the case. Smaller, short-haired dogs like beagles still shed hair, just not as much as longer-haired dog breeds.
The low shedding nature of smaller dogs has led them to be classed as hypoallergenic dog breeds, but as already stated, no dog is hypoallergenic.
The short hair, double coat of a beagle is low maintenance and mean they shed less. However, you will still see some shedding around the home.
Like most dog breeds, beagles will shed with the seasons as the dog sheds their winter coat ready for the warmer months.
A dog will shed its coat as the fur becomes old, to be replaced by new hair.
An increase in dander is bad for allergy sufferers as more of the dog’s dander and allergens are released into the air.
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Tips for families with allergies
If you have decided the beagle breed is a good fit for your family there are ways to manage the dog shedding its fur.
Some of the ways to help combat shedding;
- Grooming: Brushing your dog regularly can help prevent an excessive amount of shedding because when you brush, oils on the coat spread and keep the coat healthy. Brushes are a great way to remove dead hairs from the hair before they become airborne.
- Bathing your dog: Beagles don’t need to be bathed often, but having a bath once every one or two months can help remove the excess dander that causes allergies during shedding season. Use a dog shampoo that cleans without drying out his skin and hair, and avoid bathing the dog too much.
- Nutrition: Providing your dog with healthy meals is not just good for his physical health, It can also improve his coat, which in turn limits shedding.
- Exercise: regular walks will give your dog the chance to shed more hair in an environment that is less likely to cause distress to anyone with pet hair allergies.
- Vacuuming: Even though you might not notice beagle hair as much as a longer-haired dog it is still worth regular vacuuming to ensure as much hair is removed as quickly as possible.
Beagles are not hypoallergenic, hypoallergenic dogs do not exist. However, beagles are relatively low maintenance and with good grooming, they will be a good choice for family members with allergies.
We would always recommend getting medical advice and speaking to your doctor before getting any dog or pet if you have a household member who has asthma or other allergy-based medical condition.