Once you’ve settled down and have the necessary time for care on your hands, pets can make the perfect addition to any family or household. Whether you have kids, live alone, or have a bustling house frequented with heavy footfall, there’s a pet out there who would love to be a part of things. The main problem that prevents several of us from having a pet? Allergies. But this shouldn’t stop your pet seeking footsteps in their tracks. There are plenty of hypoallergenic pets out there looking for a loving home. Here are a few to consider!
The increasing popularity of non shedding dogs becomes quickly evident with a stroll around your local park. There are a few reasons for this. Firstly, non shedding dogs do just that: they don’t shed. This means that they are suitable for people who usually suffer with allergies to animal fur and hair. It also means that you don’t have to deal with the extra clean up involved in vacuuming up loose dog hair over your furniture and lint rolling dog fur from your clothes.
There are so many more benefits to having a non shedding dog besides the obvious though. Popular breeds include Bichon Frise, Lhasa Apsos, and Poodles. While all dogs are individuals and will have their own personalities and quirks, these breeds are generally renowned for their friendly, loving, and affectionate natures. Now for the icing on the cake? Non shedding dogs tend to be some of the most adorable too!
Their teddy bear looks have proven massively popular and people have even started cross breeding, to guarantee the non-molting fur alongside certain other characteristics, such as size, color, and other aesthetic values. Check out Labradoodles (a cross breed produced by crossing a Labrador with a poodle) and Cavachons (a cross between King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and a Bichon Frise).
While there are fewer options when it comes to hypoallergenic cats than hypoallergenic dogs, don’t fear. The Sphinx cat may well be the answer to any allergy suffering cat lover’s dreams. These kittens tend to draw a love or hate opinion, as they are completely hairless throughout their entire lives. It’s important to bear in mind, however, that these cats do require a little extra TLC when it comes to their care. You will have to remember to coat them with sunscreen during the summer months and provide them with warm, knitted jumpers in the winter. They are also primarily house cats, who won’t do all too well fending for themselves out on the streets. Besides these few quirks, they will provide you with just as much love, affection, and entertainment as any other feline friend.
If you are looking for something a little smaller than a cat or dog, you can find hypoallergenic rodents out there too! Hairless rats can make engaging companions and are highly intelligent. They will keep you occupied for hours on end. Like Sphinx cats, these hairless critters do require a little extra care. So be sure to know what you’re taking on before setting your heart on one as a pet.
These are just a few popular types of hypoallergenic pets for you to consider. If possible, try to adopt rather than shopping. There are hundreds of thousands of homeless pets out there who would fit perfectly into your life.