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Are Corgis Hypoallergenic? Vet-Reviewed Facts & FAQ

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By Quincy Miller

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Life is tough if you’re a dog lover and an allergy sufferer. It can be even harder if you’re a dog lover and someone else in your family is an allergy sufferer. In such a case, you may have heard about hypoallergenic dogs and might be wondering if Corgis are considered a hypoallergenic breed.

No, Corgis are not hypoallergenic. In fact, no breed can be considered hypoallergenic because, unfortunately, all dogs produce the proteins that trigger allergies.

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Are Corgis Hypoallergenic?

Corgis are somewhat notorious for being heavy shedders, making them one of the worst breeds for allergy sufferers. Their shedding isn’t as concerning as the dander, which is what sets off the allergy symptoms. A predisposed individual can suffer from itchy eyes, runny nose, and sneezing when they have contact with dog allergens.

Also, Corgis are energetic and loving animals, so they’re likely to run around and get in your face, spreading even more dander all over the place. Therefore, adopting a Corgi isn’t practical if you have someone with respiratory problems living with you.

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What Dog Breeds Are Hypoallergenic?

If you have an allergy sufferer at home, you may be considering other breeds that have a reputation for being hypoallergenic. The most popular dog considered to be hypoallergenic is the Poodle, and several designer breeds were created by combining Poodles with other dogs in an attempt to make hypoallergenic offspring. These include Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, Yorkipoos, Cockapoos, and more.

As explained, no dog is hypoallergenic. The breeds considered as such are low-shedding dogs. They include the Havanese, Maltese, Bichon Frise, and Schnauzers. Other, lesser-known breeds exist, like Glen of Imaal Terriers and Bouvier des Flanders.

Even hairless breeds such as Chinese Crested or a Xoloitzcuintli are not hypoallergenic because the allergens are not linked to the presence of hair; they are present in the dander, saliva, and urine.

What Breeds Are the Worst Shedders?

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While low-shedding breeds like the Poodle and Maltese might be better for allergy sufferers, is there any breed that should be avoided at all costs? Generally speaking, heavy shedders might trigger your allergies more, and the Corgi is one of them. Other breeds on this list are big shedders, too.

The worst shedding offenders include:
  • German Shepherds
  • Saint Bernards
  • Labrador Retrievers
  • Siberian Huskies
  • Basset Hounds
  • Dachshunds
  • Great Pyrenees

I Already Have a Corgi. Is There Anything I Can Do to Cut Down on Allergens?

If you already have a beloved Corgi at home but they’re starting to cause you to sneeze, there are a few things you can do to help the situation. The most important step is to speak to your doctor for accurate medical advice.

Regarding your Corgi, you can keep them as well-groomed as possible, ideally by another family member or by using a disposable face mask. Get them brushed every day if you can. This will prevent loose hair from building up (and getting redistributed all around your house), but it won’t reduce the dander your dog sheds.

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You can bathe them regularly as well. Don’t overdo it, as bathing them too often can strip their coats of healthy oils, but a bath every month or so should help keep loose hair to a minimum. Use a gentle vet-approved shampoo designed for dogs since human shampoos can damage their skin.

Ensuring they eat a healthy diet and receive regular external parasite treatments is also critical. A dog that lacks vital nutrients will be prone to shedding even more, and a dog that itches and develops skin problems can lead to even more dander. If they get everything they need, they’ll have a shiny, healthy coat you’ll love to stroke (just don’t stick your nose in it).

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Final Thoughts

There are plenty of good reasons that Corgis are such popular pups. They’re affectionate, intelligent, and, of course, adorable. If you’re an allergy sufferer, there is no guarantee that you will be able to live with a Corgi.

You should speak to your doctor and spend time around a Corgi to see if they cause a reaction. Unfortunately, no breed is genuinely hypoallergenic, and the difference in how heavily they trigger your allergies depends more on the individual than the breed.

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