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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 both 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 the allergy sufferer.

In such a case, you may have heard about hypoallergenic dogs, and you might be wondering if Corgis are considered a hypoallergenic breed. So, are Corgis hypoallergenic, or are they just as bad for allergy sufferers as any other breed? The short answer is no, Corgis are not hypoallergenic. In fact, no dog breed can be considered hypoallergenic because, unfortunately, all dogs produce the proteins that trigger allergies.

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Are Corgis Hypoallergenic?

Corgis are rather notorious for being heavy shedders, making them one of the worst breeds that you could bring home.

Along with all that hair will come dander, which is what actually sets off the allergy symptoms. A predisposed individual can suffer from itchy eyes, runny nose, and sneezing when they have contact with dog allergens, the specific proteins that all dogs produce to a greater or lesser extent. What’s worse, 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. Bottom line, you do not want to bring a Corgi home 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 dog breeds that have a reputation for being hypoallergenic.

The most popular dog breed claimed to be hypoallergenic is the Poodle, and there are many designer breeds that mix other dogs with Poodles in an attempt to make hypoallergenic offspring. These include Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, Yorkipoos, Cockapoos, and more.

As explained, no dog breed is hypoallergenic. The breeds considered as such are low-shedding breeds. These include the Havanese, Maltese, Bichon Frise, and Schnauzers. There are also other, less well-known breeds, like Glen of Imaal Terriers and Bouvier des Flanders.

Even hairless breeds such as Chinese Crested or a Xoloitzcuintli are not hypoallergenic because allergens are not linked to the presence of hair; they are present in 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. There are other breeds on this list that are big shedders too.

The worst shedding offenders include:
  • German Shepherds
  • 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 thing is to speak to your doctor to get accurate medical advice. With regards to your Corgi, you can keep them as well-groomed as possible, ideally by another family member, or 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 amount of 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 that’s designed for dogs, as human shampoos can damage their skin.

Ensuring that they eat a healthy diet and receive regular external parasite prevention is also critical. A dog that’s lacking in 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, though, they’ll have a shiny, healthy coat that 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, though, there is no guarantee that you will be able to live with a Corgi. You should speak to your doctor and try to be around one specific Corgi to see if they set your allergy symptoms. Unfortunately, no dog breed can be considered hypoallergenic, and the difference in how heavily they trigger your allergies is more individual than as part of the breed.

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