Hello, I would like to get a Yorkie for our family but the problem I face is that my husband is allergic to dogs. I have heard many people that say they are a hypo allergenic but I would like to know if anyone has actually been in this situation and whether or not the puppy worked out in the family. My biggest concern is I don't want to cause heart ache for my children. Thank you so much for your help.
There is no dog/breed that is completly hypo-allerginic. It all depends on the allergies of your husband. The best thing you could do is find a breeder, go see their adult dogs. Do not go looking for a puppy, you will fall in love way to soon. Your husband needs to hold, kiss, love, etc. the dog then go home and see if their is a reaction. If there is no reaction, then you talk about purchasing a puppy. Yorkies tend to better then those with allgeries due to the grooming they require about every 6wks. Depending on the amound of hair. A long or natural yorkie requires daily brushing and perfessional grooming as often as 4wks.
There is no right or wrong anwser to your problem, your husband has to put himself into a situation, and the family then makes the decision from their. I groom for aliving, and some dogs make me sneeze like crazy, while others don't.
Illusions is right, your hubby needs to be exposed to a yorkie before you bring one home. He needs to go to someones home where a yorkie lives. Are his allergis severe? Is he willing to take shots? Grooming and vacumning can reduce the amount of allergens. Also, it's recommended that you never let the dog into the allergic person bedroom. Other things that can help are slipcovers, air filters and getting rid of all carpeting.
In addition to all of the above. It is important to remember that sometimes it just takes tme to build up a tolerance to a new pet. There isn't likely to be ANY breed that there is an immediate non-reaction to. There are also chemistry issues involved, and there isn't any one breed that is best for everyone with allergies. Is the yorkie the right breed for your family? Or are there other non-shedding breeds which might be a better fit? There are plenty of non shedding breeds to look into.
Remember some people will react to one dog and not another of the same breed though.
The only way I would do it is get a dog with its adult coat and have him spend time with it weather at a rescue or foster it a while or see if a breeder will let you do a trial with a retired breeding dog.
My cousin got a yorkie because she had never had a reaction to one. So of course once her dog got its adult coat she reacts to it. Shes learned to deal with it though.
If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons -James Thurber
I can actually give you personal information on the topic of human allergies and dogs.
I was born with severe allergies to EVERYTHING (dogs, cats, birds and all sorts of outdoor things). I took 10 years worth of allergy shots but the problem is that they never had and still don't have an allergy shot for dogs.
Fortunately, I have outgrown most of my allergies but there are certain dogs I'm allergic to. Specifically... those "hypo-allergetic" dogs are the ones I'm still VERY allergic to. I can't be in a house with a Yorkie or a Maltese for more than 10 minutes without my chest getting tight and having shortness of breath.
I seem to be fine around dogs that are larger, and with medium to short fur. Labs and Huskys seem to be the best for me.
Human allergies work, as I'm sure you may know, by recognizing the "dog" as a foreign invader so your body fights it off. When your body "fights off the dog" you see the physical signs of allergies. So technically, you can't become "immune" to dogs... your immune system basically says "screw it" and stops fighting the dog in your system and accepts it as a new part of your body. If you're lucky, a person can outgrow allergies but only time can tell.
Whatever breed you decide on I would think about bringing a yorkie in where there are small children. They think they are soooo big, but they are pretty fragile. Besides our yorkie we have 2 schnauzers. They do not shed and love children. They are hardy little dogs. Just a suggestion.