Allergies are a huge concern for some people. In the USA, about 10% of the population is allergic to animals. If you are one of those people who cannot be in the presence of your friend’s pet without your eyes going blurry because of the tears or panting, then having a dog at the house might seem out of the question.
But, you might have heard about Basenji dogs being hypoallergenic somewhere and considered having one. We cannot say that a dog breed is totally non-allergenic. The truth is, the length and type of fur are not a sign of whether the breed can cause an allergic reaction in people.
So it means that if a person with an allergy would have an allergic reaction to a dog would depend on the dog. Because every dog is different. As we said, you cannot decide to bring a dog to your house without making sure that it will be the right choice for everyone residing in that house.
However, you might have heard that hypoallergenic family dogs are an actual thing, and Basenji is one of them. A Basenji would have a pretty tan-white, short coat, and this breed could be the companion for the people with allergies. So, it is true that Basenjis are classified as triggering less allergic reactions than most of the other breeds.
Wait, What Does Hypoallergenic Mean?
Yes, Basenji dogs are considered a hypoallergenic dog family. But there might be a misunderstanding of the meaning of the word hypoallergenic. Most people might think that hypoallergenic is allergy-free. But that is unfortunately not true.
As we have constantly been saying, every dog is different, and we cannot generalize them on account of causing allergies. Allergic reactions can occur even around the hypoallergenic dogs. Because hypoallergenic means a less or reduced chance of allergic reactions, instead of being allergy-free.
What is Causing Allergies?
Some people are showing allergic reactions when near to our furry friends. But why? The source of these allergic reactions, such as sneezing and watery eyes, is allergens in the lipocalin protein family. Lipocalin proteins are found in dogs’ saliva and urine.
But some dog breeds contain less of these proteins, which can indicate that those breeds -Golden Retriever for instance- will trigger less allergic reactions. However, you should not forget that every dog has these lipocalin proteins in their saliva and urine.
As you know, dogs clean themselves by licking their fur, and that is how those allergy-causing proteins stick to their coat. Allergic reactions occur when their dead skin flakes are released into the air. From this perspective, we can say that a dog breed that sheds less would cause less allergic reactions also.
Do Basenjis Shed Less than Other Dogs?
Some of them shed very little, yes, but some other Basenjis shed a lot. You cannot classify and generalize dogs withing the same dog breed as one, of course. So, this shedding issue definitely depends on the very individual dog itself.
Also, getting allergic reactions from a dog also depends on the individual human. This means that your body can show less -or maybe no- reaction to a Basenji dog who is shedding a lot. Or you might not breathe around them. It is a fifty-fifty chance.
The best thing to do in this case would be meeting the Basenji dog you are planning to bring home. If you have allergies and planning to adopt a dog, go and pet them because that is the best way to know. Pet him, hold him, play with him. When he licks your fingers or face, you will know in the very first minutes if you are allergic to him or not.
Reasons Why Basenji Dogs are a Good Choice for Allergy Sufferers
The first reason why Basenjis are a good choice is that they shed dead skin once a month, just like Poodles and Schnauzers. Since most of the allergy-causing elements are found in the dead skin of dogs, this can help to reduce the chance of causing allergic reactions.
Yes, Basenji dogs also shed. But what makes them the best for the allergy sufferers is they shed in small amounts. They shed so little, their fur is short-haired, and they keep themselves so clean.
Another reason is they do not slobber and bark. The fact that they do not drool ever is making him the best dog breed to adopt since allergy-causing proteins are found in dogs’ saliva. Those factors will help allergy sufferers to keep the dangerous proteins in control.
Since the coat is another primary source of allergies, most of the hypoallergenic dog breeds require higher amounts of money to maintain their fur healthy. However, Basenji will be good to go will a daily rub. This way, you can keep the allergies out of the house at a low cost.
Adopting Basenji Dogs
Instead of paying for life, please adopt. We are highly hoping that you are reading this article because you want to adopt a canine friend from a shelter. For the ones who are planning to adopt, you can come across puppies and full-grown Basenji dogs.
Puppies will be needing a lot of time and dedication to be trained. And they will continuously need a human at home. On the other hand, a full-grown dog will most likely be house trained already. So you can leave him at home by himself for a decent amount of time.
Some people may think that dogs are ending up in shelters because they have some bad behaviors, or they are aggressive towards people. That is not the case at all, and the reason why they end up there is those irresponsible human beings who used to be their owners.
Basenjis might be suitable for your lifestyle or not. Please do your research correctly and make sure you are compatible enough to take care of a Basenji dog. And then, you can find a Basenji dog in the shelters all around the USA, and there are also breed-specific rescues to might want to look for.