Are Yorkies Hypoallergenic?

Nothing quite as terrible as having an allergic reaction to something you love with your whole heart is there?!

The World Health Organization tells us that up to 15% of the population across the world have or develop allergies from common pets like cats, guinea pigs, and yes, unfortunately, dogs.

It’s also interesting that the most common type of pet allergy is dogs. Not cats as many believe.

So, you’re probably asking the question and dreading the answer at the same time! D you or a member of your household make it into that 15%? And, if you do, is your Yorkie the ideal breed for you?

We’re going to get to an acceptable answer for you with this article

Are Yorkies hypoallergenic?

We’d all love to believe we can bring the little bundle of puppy-love home, with proper care and hygiene hypoallergenic problems will simply pass our house by.

Unfortunately, this is not completely the case. The American Kennel Club says no dog breed is completely hypoallergenic. That said, some breeds are less like to give allergy-prone owners a hard time.

And, lucky for you, the Yorkie is among those!

Why not – they’re so furry!

Are Yorkies Hypoallergenic

Yorkies don’t have fur. They have hair that is very akin to human hair in many regards. So, things like fragments of broken hair strands, and dandruff, which are common to us too, are allergens that can affect human allergy sufferers. Important to note – of all the triggers, dandruff is known to cause more allergic reactions than any other.

Then there are things like saliva and smell, which are all parts of doggie existence, that may trigger also allergy attacks in humans.

Yorkies also don’t shed. Because of this, they spread much less hair all over the house than many other breeds. This is significant, proteins that are the main culprit in allergic reactions, attached to the dog’s hair. If the breed is a heavy shedder, these allergens are dispersed in higher quantities and more often. So, you’re quite safe with your Yorkie in this regard!

So, let’s sum it up for you. Yorkies are NOT hypoallergenic. The type of hair they have is really unlikely to cause allergic reactions in humans. That said, it remains important to remember we humans all have individual sensitivities to allergens, so what goes for one will never be exactly the same for another.

How to know for sure if you’ll be okay with a Yorkie

So, you REALLY, REALLY want a Yorkie, but you’re not sure if you’ll be plagued with that infernal red, runny, itchy nose and the watery eyes if you get one? Here’s what you do.

Spend time with a pal who has a Yorkie, or visit a breeder. Take time to play with a pup, hug it. And let it nuzzle you to its heart’s content. Because that’s what they do!

Just this little bit of time spent will tell you immediately if you’re likely to have an ongoing allergic reaction to the pup or not.

But, let’s hang back for a second. We’ve been talking a lot about allergies from Yorkies, and how it makes your nose itch and run, and your eyes burn and water. And we haven’t spoken about why this happens.

Why would or could you be allergic to a Yorkie?

We’ve now, with the help of the American Kennel Association, debunked the myth that Yorkies are hypoallergenic dogs. Done and dusted.

Mostly, this has to do with their hair. Which we’ve determined is very similar to human hair.

Why you might be allergic to Yorkies

A Yorkie’s hair is not the only factor that comes into play when a human has an allergic reaction to the pup. It could also be caused by:

  • Proteins secreted by glands in the skin. These are also contained in urine and saliva. Yorkies are small. This we know. On average, it weighs no more than 7 pounds. Now, a dog’s size directly correlates to protein allergens. Bigger breeds release more allergy-causing proteins.
  • Yorkies have a lot of hair. Dead hair, dust, and dirt get trapped in the coat, and these can cause allergic reactions if they reach the human respiratory system. It all really depends on individual sensitivity.
  • All dogs are prone to specific parasites – fleas and mites not being the least. These often cause allergic reactions in humans.
  • Yorkies secrete subcutaneous oils from the sebaceous glands – and these oils have also been known to cause allergic reactions in humans
  • Seasonal pollens, seeds, and spores get trapped in a Yorkie’s thick hair. These are famous for causing allergies. If you are prone to allergic reactions, you’ll know ALL about the seasonal difficulties so many sufferers experience. These things are temporary, and although they may be exacerbated by the trapped elements in the Yorkie’s hair, they’re not caused by the Yorkie!
  • The Yorkie’s blood and stool contain strong allergens. Excessive contact with these may cause severe allergic reactions, and could even develop into eczema. When these dry out, the particles become airborne. That’s when they gain access to your respiratory system and can cause severe allergic reactions.
  • Pet allergies, especially allergic reactions to dogs, are often caused specifically by the proteins in dander. These are flakes of dead skin – very much the same as human dandruff. Dander is present in all dogs. The length of the breed’s hair or the frequency of the breed’s shedding plays no role. For this reason, no breed is completely hypoallergenic.

How to tell if you have an allergic reaction to your Yorkie

Are Yorkies Hypoallergenic

Any or all of the following symptoms may be indicative of an allergic reaction. Your Yorkie may or may not be the source of the reaction, so proper investigation is required. And consulting your medical practitioner is always your first step.

  • Your nasal cavity will become swollen and irritated. Your nose will run, your chest may constrict slightly, and you’ll sneeze and develop redness in your eyes.
  • You’ll develop allergic conjunctivitis – this is when your breathing becomes harder, and you’ll feel extreme discomfort in your eyes, especially in bright light.
  • You’ll notice changes in your skin. You may develop hives or dermatitis. Your skin may start peeling, and you could notice signs of eczema.
  • In severe allergic cases, you may develop problems with your digestive tract. Vomiting, nausea, and even diarrhea may result
  • Dermatitis stemming from allergic contact

How to prevent these

Anything that affects your health should be investigated as a matter of urgency. If you experience any of the mentioned symptoms, see your doctor. Sooner rather than later.

Here are a few things to also consider:

  • Try to determine the source of the allergy. Make sure it’s the Yorkie before you decide to rehome your beloved pup!
  • Reduce contact with your Yorkie anyway – especially if a child is affected. See if you can home your doggie with a friend until you know what the cause of the allergic reaction is.
  • As a general preventative measure, try to mop your floor in areas your doggie frequents as often as possible. And do the same with dusting. Things like mites and other parasites like fleas often go unnoticed, and they frequently like to nest and hide away from the animal they feed on. So, make sure your dusting and mopping reach under the bed and couch too!
  • Also, when you come in from outside, wipe your Yorkie’s feet with a damp cloth and give them a quick brush to get rid of any accumulated pollen and spores. This is also great for keeping other parasites in check.
  • Make sure to wash doggie blankets and all other fabrics that could collect dog hair regularly. Remember the pillows, sofa covers, and blankets.
  • Try to limit the Yorkie’s movements in the areas – bedrooms, for instance – where allergy sufferers spend most of their time. This holds especially true for kids. (We all know how difficult this is to police, but keep an eye!)
  • The person in the household who is least prone to allergies should be bathing, brushing, and cleaning your Yorkie.

A parting shot

Are Yorkies Hypoallergenic

There’s no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic dog or dog breed. But some breeds are much kinder to those of us unfortunate enough to suffer from dog allergies.

Yorkies fall in this class. Thank HEAVENS! It is perfectly safe to get one of these bundles of joy and to bring them into your family.

That said, common sense should always be your compass. If you notice an increase in allergic reactions in yourself or any of your family members, get to the root cause as soon as possible.

Remember, it may well NOT be caused by your Yorkie – a whole bunch of other environmental factors may be at play here. But find the origin.

And, above all, consult your doctor – especially if these allergic reactions manifest in one of your children.

Remember – a Yorkie will be one of the most rewarding new family members you could EVER acquire!

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