Hypoallergenic Medium Sized Dogs

Hypoallergenic Medium Sized Dogs
Do you​ love dogs,​ but have allergies? If you​ have a​ smaller home,​ a​ medium sized hypoallergenic dog might be perfect .​
Hypoallergenic dogs have a​ tendency to​ create less allergic reactions because of​ an​ absence of​ fur or​ a​ very low amount compared to​ most pets .​
There are a​ few breeds that fit into the​ criteria .​
the​ Spanish Water Dog,​ the​ Bouvier des Flandres,​ and the​ Mexican Hairless are all medium sized,​ hypoallergenic dogs that work great for families and singles alike.
If big,​ friendly,​ shaggy dogs are your thing,​ the​ Spanish Water Dog is​ a​ good fit .​
They resemble the​ sheep dog on​ the​ Warner Brothers’ Looney Tunes cartoons .​
the​ dogs live for playing,​ swimming and even working .​
When acclimated correctly,​ the​ Spanish Water Dog is​ a​ great playmate for children .​
If you​ have a​ pool or​ live near an​ ocean or​ lake,​ the​ Spanish Water Dog lives true to​ its name .​
They love swimming .​
as​ for the​ work aspect,​ these dogs have natural herding instincts and are excellent guard dogs .​
These dogs do require a​ lot of​ attention,​ so be ready for that .​
They must be exposed to​ other dogs and/or children between the​ ages of​ two to​ twelve months if​ they are to​ fully accept being around them,​ otherwise they can become aloof or​ guarded around them.
The Bouvier des Flandres also fits into the​ hypoallergenic shaggy dog category .​
This strong built breed is​ traditionally used for hard work such as​ cattle and sheep herding,​ pulling carts,​ and police or​ guard dog work .​
Along with their strong work abilities,​ they are generally gentle and protective of​ their adopted families .​
Even former United States President,​ Ronald Regan,​ chose this breed for a​ pet .​
Their thicker hair makes them great dogs for outdoor work and play in​ colder climates .​
Be ready to​ take care of​ the​ Bouvier des Flandres if​ one is​ added to​ your home .​
Maintenance on​ these dogs thick hair (not fur) does require brushing weekly and visits for a​ trim every six to​ eight weeks .​
This dog can be prone to​ both voluvus and bloat syndromes because of​ their deep chests .​
They can also be very strong-willed and intimidating animals when they feel strongly about something,​ especially when going after cats .​
Proper discipline is​ a​ must when owning a​ Bouvier.
The Mexican Hairless,​ also known as​ the​ Xoloitzcuintle or​ Xolo,​ is​ an​ extremely rare breed of​ dog .​
They range in​ weight anywhere from ten to​ fifty pounds and are almost always completely devoid of​ hair; they resemble dogs seen in​ Egyptian Hieroglyphics .​
Some of​ the​ Xolos do sport a​ very thin coat of​ hair or​ have various amounts of​ hair on​ their heads or​ bodies .​
They have been bred for over 4000 years in​ Mesoamerica (between central Mexico and Costa Rica) .​
Although not recognized by the​ American Kennel Club,​ the​ Mexican equivalent does recognize this breed .​
the​ dogs are hard to​ find in​ Mexico and even harder to​ find in​ the​ US because they were considered next to​ extinct prior to​ the​ 1950’s.

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