Are Boston Terriers Hypoallergenic?

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Written by Jennifer Gaeng

Updated: May 31, 2023

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Before bringing a Boston Terrier into their homes, the majority of potential owners want to know if the breed is hypoallergenic. The fact of the matter is that there is no such thing as a canine breed that is 100 percent hypoallergenic. There are some breeds, however, that are said to cause minimal allergies in those that are particularly sensitive to dog dander.

Despite their widespread popularity, Boston Terriers are not the best choice for people who suffer from dog allergies. Keep reading to understand why and learn tips on minimizing potential allergy triggers if you are sensitive to dog dander.

What Does “Hypoallergenic” Mean?

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Boston terriers shed minimally.

To have minimal or no effect on allergy sufferers, a dog must be hypoallergenic. A hypoallergenic dog would have non-shedding fur. This means no dander will be floating around in the air from your pet’s skin because the hair won’t fall off. It turns out that canine allergies aren’t nearly as common as you may imagine. People who are allergic to pets are often hypersensitive to the dander shed by the animals.

So, Are Boston Terriers Hypoallergenic?

Unfortunately, no; Boston Terriers are not hypoallergenic. Although they shed minimally due to their short coats, they are commonly reported to worsen allergy symptoms in some people with known dog allergies. For some tips on minimizing allergy symptoms, keep reading!

How To Minimize Allergies Caused by Your Boston Terriers

Boston terrier running through the yard.

If you recently got a Boston Terrier and have allergies, you can limit allergens in your dog and environment.

Steps can be taken to reduce allergens in your dog and the environment if you have recently adopted a Boston Terrier and are experiencing allergy difficulties. You can help lessen the allergic problems you suffer with Boston Terriers by following these steps:

Canine Care

  • A dog’s coat needs to be brushed on a regular basis to keep it clean and healthy. If you or a member of your family suffers from dog allergies, it’s best to have someone else do the grooming.
  • You should bathe your dog at least twice a month. Select a shampoo that will help prevent further hair loss and a wash that will not irritate their skin.
  • Take your Boston Terrier outside for exercise, petting, and playfulness.

Household Tips

  • If you suffer from allergies, washing your hands frequently is recommended, especially after handling your dog.
  • Regular cleaning, including weekly laundry, daily dusting, and weekly vacuuming, can help reduce dog dander.
  • To avoid re-spreading allergies in your house, avoid “dry cleaning” with dusters and brooms. To eliminate airborne allergens, wipe down surfaces with damp towels or use a static-charged cleaner, such as a Swiffer.
  • If you have severe allergies, you should consider enforcing a no-dogs policy in your bedroom.
  • The Humane Society suggests a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) cleaner for allergy sufferers. Filters should be changed on a regular basis.
  • Replace your carpet with hardwood flooring. Carpets are notorious for collecting and harboring allergies.

Does Consistent Grooming Help With Allergies?

Regular trips to the groomer are necessary for all breeds, including Boston Terriers. You’ll be less likely to get an allergic reaction if you do this. Instead of taking their pets to a professional groomer, some families choose to do it themselves.

Dog fur contains allergens besides dead skin particles. Your dog’s saliva and/or urine may also be a source of allergies. The good news is that the likelihood that your Boston Terrier will cause allergies in your family is very low regardless of the length or texture of the dog’s hair.

You May Want to Talk to an Allergist

Boston terrier at vet

Boston terrier at the vet.

A visit to an allergist may be your last resort if other treatments have failed. Your Boston Terrier is worthy of your undivided attention and affection. An allergist can help you continue caring for your dog in two ways: 1) by determining what triggers your allergies, and 2) by developing a treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs.

It’s possible that your home has allergens besides your Boston Terriers. If you knew what was triggering your allergy, you might avoid several potential triggers, including pet dander. It’s possible that you’ll feel much better once the allergens in your home have been eliminated. An allergist can prescribe medication to alleviate your symptoms.

Should You Have Boston Terriers If You Have Allergies?

Popular as they may be, Boston Terriers aren’t the best choice for allergy sufferers. Boston Terriers are not hypoallergenic despite the fact that their short, smooth coats may appeal to people with allergies. Boston Terriers may still trigger allergic reactions in people who are hypersensitive to dog hair and other allergens.

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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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