So you’re considering which dog breed will keep your allergies from flaring up, and you’re looking at small breeds like Frenchies. But, are Frenchies hypoallergenic?
Here, we investigate these pups and the allergy risks. Keep reading to learn what Frenchies are all about and if they make you sneeze. We also look closely at how someone with allergies can live with a dog comfortably.
Let’s get started.
What Type of Dog Is a Frenchie?
A Frenchie is a French bulldog. The breed looks like a miniature bulldog, and they have pointy bat-like ears and large, square heads with heavy wrinkles above their short noses. Their bodies are muscular underneath a smooth coat of fur that can be white, brindle, fawn, tan, or brindle and white.
They have a life expectancy of 10 to 14 years old and typically weigh between 16 to 28 pounds once fully grown. The French bulldog’s temperament is easygoing, happy, social, affectionate, alert, playful, and patient.
Are Frenchies Considered High Maintenance?
As far as exercise is concerned, Frenchies don’t need much. They’re happy to relax with their humans or other animals. You’ll find a great companion with this breed.
However, French bulldogs are known to be high-maintenance regarding their health. You’re likely to have some vet bills with a Frenchie. They’re prone to heart defects and eye, joint, and spinal disorders.
Dogs with shortened snouts are generally at high risk for health conditions related to their nose and, therefore, can have issues with their respiratory system. A dry nose and damaged skin are also a continuous source of health maintenance with a Frenchie. The folds of the skin around their muzzle also need to be kept clean from dirt and bacteria to avoid infections.
Are Frenchies Hypoallergenic?
French bulldogs are a wonderful pet and sought-after breed. But pet parents are quick to ask, “Are Frenchies hypoallergenic?” The answer is no. Unfortunately, French bulldogs shed and have high levels of dander which is a problem for those with dog allergies.
Frenchies shed a lot, and they may shed more depending on the time of year. Dogs control their body temperature with their fur, and they often shed more in the spring after a winter with a thicker coat. You can plan on your Frenchie’s hair being left behind everywhere they go. And since it’s short, it’s not the easiest to get off clothes or furniture, especially if you’re in a hurry.
In addition, while they’re known for shedding, if your Frenchie is shedding excessively more than usual, keep an eye out for signs of stress or health issues.
High in Dander
Frenchies have dander like all dogs, but it can stay on their body longer because their hair is short and rough. So even though they may not have more dander than another breed, it’s constantly present.
Dander can get in your mouth or nose while handling the dog, and it can flake on your couch, bed, and clothing. It’s difficult to get away from it when caring for a Frenchie. You’re likely to inhale it. And for those who are allergic to dog dander, it can make you miserable with congestion.
So, if you’re still wondering, are Frenchies hypoallergenic? If you are allergic to dogs, your symptoms will appear after spending time with a French bulldog.
How Can Someone Allergic to Dogs Live with a Frenchie?
It may seem impossible to live with a Frenchie if you’re allergic to dogs. But there are a number of remedies to see if you can be around one. While Frenchies aren’t hypoallergenic, there are ways to keep them as part of your family with regular grooming, cleaning of your home, and the assistance of allergy medications.
Regular grooming will keep shedding down and clear up the dander more consistently. We recommend brushing your Frenchie daily. Additionally, according to studies, your dog needs to be bathed at least twice a week to reduce allergen levels.
Make grooming and bathing part of your dog’s routine, so they learn to enjoy it. Who doesn’t love a good spa day? Or, if you have the extra cash, send them to the groomer for regular pampering.
Use Air Filters in Your Home
Using air filters or air purifiers in your home can help take the dander from the air. Be faithful about changing filters regularly. While air purifiers won’t remove all dander, it they can help significantly.
And do your research to ensure you’re maximizing the effectiveness of air filters or air purifiers. Different varieties and models out there will help keep you free from allergens from your Frenchie.
Vacuum and Dust Regularly
You can eliminate more dog hair and dander by vacuuming and dusting regularly. Both can linger for a long time and creep into corners, but if you clean it up routinely, your allergies will thank you.
We recommend vacuuming first, letting the dust and fur settle, and then dusting all surfaces. If you have hardwood floors, using a damp mop can also help clean up excess hair and dander.
Don’t Sleep with Your Frenchie
It’s very tempting to want to sleep with and cuddle our dogs. But, if you’re allergic to dogs, the last thing you want to do is sleep with your Frenchie.
Since you may sleep for eight to nine hours, that’s a long time to be next to something you’re allergic to. It’ll be a health hazard for you to sleep with your Frenchie. If it’s essential to be close to your dog during the night, try putting its bed on the floor in your room. That way, you’ll be within earshot but not extremely close.
Consider Allergy Medication
Allergy medication can help with dog allergies. But we realize not everyone is keen on taking medication.
If you’re not opposed to medication, there are a lot of effective products on the market. Over-the-counter (OTC) medications like antihistamines, decongestants, and corticosteroid nasal sprays may help your allergies.
Consult your doctor to see what might work best for you.
Is a Frenchie a Good Pet?
Yes, a Frenchie is a good pet! They’re a lovable breed who will love you unconditionally and be the perfect companion.
Once you figure out a solution for anyone in your house that is allergic to dogs, a Frenchie will make your home joyous and playful.
Are your Frenchies or your pets hypoallergenic? If not, how do you deal with your allergies? Leave a comment below.
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