Bichons are seeing some steady popularity growth right now and although their general popularity is increasing due to the nice nature of the breed, we have seen a number of people specifically say that they chose to add a bichon frise to their family as they have heard that they are hypoallergenic. Although they are definitely one of the more allergy-friendly dog breeds out there, they are not strictly hypoallergenic so we have decided to dedicate this article to clearing up the bichon frise hypoallergenic rumors.
In the strictest sense of the word, the bichon frise is not hypoallergenic as all dogs do shed their coat year-round meaning that if you do have allergies to dogs then a bichon frise may still trigger them. That said though, generally, the lower amount of shedding from a bichon frise reduces the number of allergens in your home making them one of the most allergy-friendly dog breeds going. The American kennel club (akc) are clear about this one their own website and clearly states that all dog breeds may trigger a dog allergy no matter the breed.
The dander level in your home will also play a part in if your allergies will flare-up too and the bichon frise will naturally shed its skin too but this tends to be much more manageable than most other breeds too allowing anyone who does have health issues and allergies to often have a bichon frise in their home without having a flare-up. In addition to this, there are a number of reports from people who actually own a bichon frise confirming that they have been able to have the dog in their home without having issues and without needing to take antihistamines too.
Can A Person Be Allergic To A Bichon Frise?
As we touched on earlier in the article above, the majority of people who do have allergies to dogs are not actually allergic to a specific breed but the fur, skin, and saliva of a dog breed. As the bichon frise does shed both its skin and its coat naturally like all dogs as well as produce saliva, a person who does have allergies to dogs can have flare-ups if they do have a bichon in their house.
On the flipside of this, the bichon frise dog breed does have a few advantages going for it over most of the other popular dog breeds out there to make it as friendly to people with allergies as possible. Their coat is naturally wirey and helps to catch any of their shredded coat or skin making it easier to manage in ways that we will cover below. On top of this, the breed rarely drools or lick their owners further reducing the chance of the breed to trigger any allergies. This is why so many people are able to have a bichon in their house without having any flare-ups or issues with the bred where they may have problems with other dogs.
As we mentioned earlier, they are not strictly hypoallergenic and no dog breed is, the bichon frise is one of the closest dog breeds that you can get and most people who only have mild or regular allergies to dogs should be fine. This is why many people think that the bred are hypoallergenic but keep in mind that if you or a member of your family have severe allergies to dogs then they can still trigger you.
Does A Bichon Frise Shed?
As we have touched on earlier, a bichon frise will naturally shed its coat and skin throughout the year like all other dog breeds. We have already touched on how their coat naturally helps to minimize the risk of any issues with your allergies but the fact that the breed don’t blow their coat once or twice a year drastically reduces their total shedding over other breeds. They tend to be minimal shedders too and only usually shed damaged parts of their coat rather than having any seasonal shedding trends.
Controlling The Shedding
Although a large number of people will be able to live with a bichon frise without issue, anyone who does have severe allergies to dogs can still have problems. Thankfully though, there are a number of things that you are able to take to further reduce the chance of the dog causing a flare-up for your allergies and make them more hypoallergenic friendly. We have organized these steps that you can take below in descending order of their effectiveness.
Get Used To Grooming And Brushing
In our opinion, the best way to minimize the shedding of your bichon frise is to groom and brush it on a regular basis. Regular grooming is an excellent way to remove any fur in its coat that has either already shredded and is caught in their coat or is about to shed. Due to the coat of the breed, a regular brush probably won’t cut it so we would always recommend that our readers go with a suitable de-shedding brush. This will make the grooming process much easier and quicker allowing you to basically get the grooming done in a five to ten-minute session.
Although the main purpose of grooming your pet bichon frise in this way is to try and cut back on the amount of shed around your home, it can also help to ensure that there is less dander around your family house to potentially trigger your allergies. This is very similar to the official advice given by the American kennel club for people who suffer from allergies to help minimize your chances of having a flare-up.
We know that some bichon frise dogs will likely make it a pain to get your grooming done as they may not want to sit there and let you brush them. Thankfully, you can take a Kong dog toy get some treat paste or peanut butter for dogs and put some inside of the kong toy and then place it in your freezer overnight. On the day of grooming, you then take it out of your freezer and give it to your dog.
This little trick has an excellent track record for all dogs due to both treat paste and peanut butter being so tasty to dogs and being able to hold their attention with ease. Additionally, peanut butter has a number of essential vitamins and minerals in it to offer your bichon frise a bunch of health benefits too. That said though, peanut butter for humans often contains Xylitol that may cause issues with your dog so always be sure to get a produced that has been designed for consumption by dogs.
Take Advantage Of Deshedding Dog Shampoo
One of the most effective management treatments for shedding for your bichon frise is to implement a Deshedding Dog Shampoo when bathing your dog. You simply wash your dog with the shampoo once a week and the results can be surprising. Although there are a number deshedding shampoos on the market, many are unfortunately a waste of time but our recommended shampoo has an excellent reputation and a ton of excellent reviews from the dog-owning community.
Not only can these shampoos help to reduce the shedding of your dog’s coat, it can also help to ensure that there is less dander around your house that can potentially cause any allergy flare-ups. Due to the bichon frise often having issues with dry skin or hot spots, these shampoos can sometimes help to deal with those too offering additional health benefits for your pet.
Add A Natural Oil Based Supplement To Their Diet
Next up we have supplementing the diet of your bichon frise with a suitable oil suppliment to help and ensure that your dog is getting all of the essential fatty acids in its diet that it needs. A bunch of dog owners often overlook this cause of excessive shedding of the skin and coat as they buy premium price point dog foods for their pet. Unfortunately, even some of the more expensive dog foods on the market lack the required amount of Omega 3 and Omega 6 acids that your dog requires.
Supplementing your dog’s diet can help top up their essential fatty acid intake and reduce the amount of shedding and skin issues in as little as two weeks. Ensuring that your bichon frise is getting enough Omega 3 and Omega 6 offers a number of other health benefits too helping to minimize the various skin and coat issues that some bichon frise dogs can end up suffering from.
What If The Saliva Of My Bichon Frise Triggers My Allergies
The third most common trigger of allergies in people is dogs saliva but thankfully the bichon frise breed tend not to drool much at all and it is rare that they will end up licking you. That said though, if your dog does take to licking you it is important to quickly discourage the behavior as soon as possible before a habit can form. Simple training techniques should be enough to get this done but it is rare that a bichon frise will develop this behavior anyway and is one of the reasons people class them as being a hypoallergenic breed.
That brings our article to an end and although the bichon frise is not strictly hypoallergenic, it is probably as close as you are going to get due to its lack of drooling and low shedding. As we mentioned earlier in the article, the majority of people who suffer from dog allergies will likely be fine with a bichon frise in their house and not end up having any flare-ups. People with severe allergies may have issues with the breed but implementing the steps that we covered above will likely help to minimize the risks. If you do end up having flare-ups then antihistamines may be able to help your situation.