Vizslas are a cross between a Siberian Husky and a Golden Retriever. They are known for their intelligence, loyalty, and affectionate nature. They’re a medium-sized dog and very muscular, and as such need a lot of exercise to keep them in good shape.
The Vizsla breed was developed in Russia in the early 1900s. It has since become very popular in North America. The Vizsla is considered one of the most intelligent breeds of dogs. Their intelligence makes them an excellent watchdog.
Because they have been bred to be highly trainable, they make great therapy pets. Some people also believe that the Vizsla’s short coat can help with allergies.
Vizslas come in three colors: black, red, or golden. They are usually born with dark eyes and light colored fur around their face. The color of their coats varies from solid black to white. In general, the longer the hair on the body, the more likely it is to shed.
In this article, we’ll be discussing allergies to animals, give a general overview of the types of allergies, and attempt to answer whether Vizslas are hypoallergenic.
How To Tell If You’re Allergic To Animals
If you think you might be allergic to animals, there are some things you should know about this allergy. First off, not all animals cause allergies.
Some animals like cats and dogs don’t even carry allergens. But other animals do. For example, horses, sheep, goats, cows, pigs, chickens, and rabbits can cause allergies.
There are two main types of animal allergies. One type involves your immune system reacting to something called an antigen. This happens when your body recognizes a foreign substance (like pollen) as being harmful.
Your immune system then produces antibodies against that antigen. These antibodies will attack any future exposure to that antigen.
The second type of animal allergy occurs when your immune system reacts to proteins found in certain kinds of animals. When your immune system identifies these proteins, it forms antibodies against them. These antibodies will attack anything that contains those proteins.
Different people react in different ways to allergens produced by animals. That being said, the most common reactions to allergens include:
- Sneezing more frequently
- A constant runny nose
- Red, itchy, or watery eyes
- Itching in the nose, throat, or roof of the mouth
- A persistent cough
A Definition of ‘Hypoallergenic’
When someone says that an animal is “hypoallergenic”, what they mean is that the animal doesn’t produce allergens. However, this does not necessarily mean that the animal won’t cause allergies.
As mentioned above, not all animals cause allergic reactions. So if you’re thinking about getting a pet, you want to ask yourself if the animal causes allergies.
As far as how to tell if an animal causes allergies, there are several factors to consider. Here are some questions to ask yourself before deciding which kind of pet you’d like to get:
- Does the animal have a long or short coat? Long haired animals tend to shed less than short haired ones.
- Do the animals have dark eyes or light colored eyes? Dark eyed animals often have darker skin too. Light eyed animals may have lighter skin.
- Are the animals prone to ear infections? Ear infections are caused by bacteria. Bacteria can live in both dark and light colored ears.
- Is the animal’s fur soft or coarse? Soft fur tends to be easier to groom than coarse fur.
Are Vizslas Hypoallergenic?
There are no studies showing whether these dogs are hypoallergenic. Some owners claim that their pets don’t cause allergies, but others say otherwise.
The consensus amongst veterinarians and owners of this breed is that Vizslas are not hypoallergenic. However, there are some breeds that do tend to cause less skin irritation than others.
For example, Poodles and Bichons tend to be less irritating than other small breeds like Chihuahuas and Yorkshire Terriers.
Despite the fact that Vizslas have a much shorter coat of fur, they don’t shed any less. Shorter haired animals are often placed into the category of being hypoallergenic, Vizslas do not fall into this category.
Are There Any Ways I Can Reduce My Allergies With A Vizsla?
Whilst Vizslas are not hypoallergenic, there are a few ways you can reduce your exposure to allergens and make living with them easier.
That being said, the following tips may require some compromises, so make sure you’re willing to put the work in:
Set An Allergy-Free Room
If you’re someone who has allergies, having an allergy-free room in your house can help you to escape from the triggers of your allergies.
This would entail not allowing your canine companion into the allergy-free room. Depending on the severity of your allergies, you might need to police this one.
Clean Your House Frequently
Pet dander is one of the most common allergy triggers. If this is the case, you’ll need to remove as much of it as possible from your home.
Vacuuming frequently, dusting, and cleaning any surfaces your pup comes into contact with are the best ways to reduce dander.
Invest In A HEPA Air Filter
Using a HEPA Air Filter around the house will pull dander and other allergens out of the air. It’s best if you have one in each room, or at the very least one in the room you use most frequently.
Vizslas aren’t hypoallergenic by nature, but there are certain breeds that are more likely to cause fewer allergic reactions than others. The Vizsla is one such breed. They’re also easy to care for and train.
If you’re considering adding a vizsla to your family, it’s always worth thinking about your lifestyle and whether it can accommodate a dog.
As mentioned above, there are ways you can reduce the amount of allergens present in your home coming from your four-legged friend.
These include keeping your pet away from areas where you spend time (such as your bed), making sure your home is clean and regularly cleaned, and using a HEPA filter.