Are Australian Shepherds Hypoallergenic?

Written by Jennifer Gaeng
Updated: May 14, 2023
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Before bringing an Australian Shepherd into their house, most individuals desire additional information regarding the breed’s hypoallergenic properties. This inquiry is motivated by the fact that some dog owners are highly allergic to their pets. To put it plainly, however, there is no such thing as an allergy-free dog breed. However, some dogs are bred to produce much fewer allergens than others.

In this article, we will discuss if Australian Shepherds are indeed considered hypoallergenic and what might cause them to produce an allergic reaction. We will also explore ways to minimize the effects of any allergies brought on by the Australian Shepherd.

What Does “Hypoallergenic” Mean?

A hypoallergenic dog breed is thought to be less likely to trigger allergic reactions in its owners. However, it doesn’t mean the dog is completely safe for those with allergies. Many people mistakenly believe that dog hair is the cause of allergy symptoms for those who suffer from it. But, this is not true.

It’s not the fur itself, but rather the dander within it. And, the different coat varieties have vastly different dander outputs. Grooming frequency has a major impact on this as well. Hypoallergenic dogs are beneficial for those who suffer from allergies because their coats don’t shed as much dander as those of other breeds.

So, Are Australian Shepherds Hypoallergenic?

Australian Shepherds are not hypoallergenic.

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Australian Shepherds, unlike several other dog breeds, are not hypoallergenic. These dogs constantly shed due to their thick double coat, but it is most noticeable in the winter. Avoid this breed if you have serious dog dander allergies.

How To Minimize Allergies Caused By Your Australian Shepherds

If you’ve observed an increase in allergy problems since getting an Australian Shepherd, you can take measures to eliminate the source of those allergens from your dog and your environment. The following are some things you can do to help your allergies:

Canine Grooming

A dog only needs regular brushing to stay clean and healthy. If you brush your dog on a regular basis, you can keep his coat free of dander. If you or a member of your household is allergic to dogs, have someone else brush the dog.

Brushing, petting, and playing in the yard are all great ways to strengthen the bond between you and your Australian Shepherd while keeping dander outside of the home.

At least twice a month, give your dog a bath. The quantity of dander your Australian Shepherd sheds can be greatly reduced by giving them regular baths. Choose a cleanser that won’t dry out their skin and shampoo that won’t cause them to lose too much hair.

Household Cleaning

  • Handwash often. Washing your hands often, especially after touching your Australian Shepherd, may lessen allergy problems.
  • Keep the home clean. Dog dander must be cleaned from the home regularly. A complete cleaning includes changing linens weekly, dusting daily, and vacuuming twice weekly. If you don’t want to re-agitate dander, don’t “dry clean” your furniture (brooms and dusters). Damp towels or wet cleaning wipes can reduce airborne allergens.
  • Get HEPA Filters. If you get a high-quality vacuum model with a HEPA filter, allergens should be eradicated from your carpets. Putting a HEPA Filter in your air conditioning unit can help the air quality in the home as well. Be sure to change the filters and empty your vacuum regularly.
  • Avoid the bedroom! If you have severe allergies, banning your dog(s) from your bedroom may be required.
  • Replace the carpet with hardwood. Carpets collect and store many particles, making them a big allergy trap. Hard surfaces are great for redesigns if you can afford to replace the flooring.
  • Wash your cushions. Dust mites and allergy sufferers enjoy cushioned surfaces. Regularly wash these with detergent and hot water.

Does Consistent Grooming Help With Allergies?

Australian Shepherd (Canis familiaris) - isolated background

Brush your Australian Sheperd regularly to help with allergies.

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Dog dander contains allergens like dead skin particles. Your dog’s urine and saliva may also contain allergens. Your Australian Shepherd’s potential to create allergies is unrelated to the length and texture of its hair.

To keep their coats from matting and keep dander at bay, Australian Shepherds need to be groomed by a professional every 6-8 weeks. Some households choose to do pet care at home instead of taking their animal to the groomer.

You May Want to Talk to an Allergist

However, if none of the above remedies have worked, you may want to consult an allergist. After all, you love your Australian Shepherd like he or she is a member of the family. An allergist’s primary role is to help patients discover the causes of their allergies and develop effective treatment plans.

It’s probable that your Australian Shepherd isn’t the only source of allergens in your home. If one knew what triggered their allergies, they might avoid exposure to numerous allergens, including pet dander. Taking steps to lessen household allergens could be quite beneficial.

Should You Have An Australian Shepherd If You Have Allergies?

merle Australian shepherd laying in grass

Australian Shepherds are not a good idea to have if you suffer from allergies.

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An Australian Shepherd is a good dog to adopt if you do not suffer from dog dander allergies. If you already own one and would like to keep them in your home, vacuuming once a day will get rid of most of the pet dander. Unlike carpet, allergens won’t become trapped on hardwood floors or tiles. Dogs should be kept off of beds and other furniture at all times. Bedding, dog bedding, and anything else the dog touches should be washed once a month.

Households whose members are prone to allergies should stay away from Australian Shepherds. An alternative breed might be considered if severe allergies run in the family.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Alpeek/Shutterstock.com

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Jennifer Gaeng is a writer at A-Z-Animals focused on animals, lakes, and fishing. With over 15 years of collective experience in writing and researching, Jennifer has honed her skills in various niches, including nature, animals, family care, and self-care. Hailing from Missouri, Jennifer finds inspiration in spending quality time with her loved ones. Her creative spirit extends beyond her writing endeavors, as she finds joy in the art of drawing and immersing herself in the beauty of nature.

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