Are Shih Tzu fully hypoallergenic?

Answered by Cody Janus

Shih Tzus are often considered to be a hypoallergenic breed, but it is important to understand what that actually means. When we talk about hypoallergenic dogs, we are referring to dogs that are less likely to cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to pet dander. However, it is important to note that no dog is completely hypoallergenic.

Shih Tzus have hair rather than fur, which sets them apart from many other breeds. This means that they shed very little, if at all, which can be beneficial for people with allergies. Traditional fur-shedding dogs tend to release more dander into the environment, which can trigger allergies. With a Shih Tzu, there is less hair to shed and less dander to be released, reducing the likelihood of an allergic reaction.

However, it is important to realize that even though Shih Tzus shed less, they still shed to some extent. While their shedding may be minimal, there will still be some hair that is released into the environment. This means that there is still a potential for an allergic reaction, albeit reduced compared to other breeds.

Additionally, dogs, including Shih Tzus, produce saliva, which can also contain allergens. Some people may be allergic to the proteins found in dog saliva, which can cause allergies or exacerbate existing ones. While Shih Tzus are not known to drool excessively, they still produce saliva, so there is still a possibility of an allergic reaction related to this aspect.

It is also worth mentioning that allergies can vary from person to person. Some individuals may be highly sensitive to pet dander and may still experience allergic symptoms even with a hypoallergenic breed like a Shih Tzu. On the other hand, some people with milder allergies may find that they can tolerate being around a Shih Tzu without any issues.

Shih Tzus are often considered a hypoallergenic breed because they shed very little, but it is important to remember that no dog is completely hypoallergenic. While Shih Tzus may be more suitable for individuals with allergies compared to other breeds, there is still a possibility of an allergic reaction due to the small amount of shedding that occurs and the presence of saliva. If you have allergies, it is always a good idea to spend time with a Shih Tzu before bringing one into your home to see how you personally react.