QUESTION: Are Bolognese Hypoallergenic Dogs?

Question: Are Bolognese Hypoallergenic Dogs?

Answer: Allergies to pets are not uncommon. Such allergies can cause respiratory symptoms and asthma as well as itchy eyes and skin. The Bolognese is listed in all directories as a hypoallergenic dog. Hypo meaning less than normal, or a dog that is less likely to cause allergic reaction. Although there are exceptions to the rule, the breed is ‘usually’ tolerated reasonably well by pet allergy sufferers.

Why is this?
Certain dogs have a predictable non-shedding coat which produces less dander (flakes of dead skin). It’s the dander that attaches itself to pet hair to cause most pet allergies. Bolognese is one of those breeds, along with Poodles, Bedlington Terriers, Bichon Frise, Cotton De Tulear, which have a non-shedding coat. Like no other breed, the Bolognese has the distinctive non-shedding coat which also flocks into curls. Other non-shedding breeds, such as poodles have to be clipped to keep their coat manageable. However the Bolognese coat can be left natural which people find attractive.
You cannot be 100% sure that you, or a family member, will not be allergic to even a hypoallergenic dog. Skin and saliva proteins (not just hair) can also trigger reactions. So, caution should always be taken if you know that a person suffers from a pet allergy. It’s worth remembering that the softer puppy Bolognese coat can be more problematic to allergy sufferers than the coarser adult coat.
Managing Allergies
There are ways to organise your home to help keep pet allergens at bay. For example, wash pet bedding regularly, keep up with grooming and don’t let pets sleep in your bedroom. It’s also helpful to remove heavy carpets and curtains that could trap dander. In general, dog allergens are microscopic particles that can hitch a ride on other air pollutants, including cigarette smoke and particulate matter generated by movement. Cutting down on indoor air pollution can help stop the circulation of symptom-triggering allergens in your home.
To summarise, the answer is YES, Bolognese are hypoallergenic dogs, but still be careful. The breed is less likely to cause allergies, but there still could be some rare cases. If you personally have had experiences around allergies and Bolognese, do let us know your personal experience using the comment box below.

Melanie Thomas, Chairperson/Editor

Melanie Thomas, Chairperson/Editor

BREEDER & FOUNDER MEMBER Belstown Bolognese. I live with 3 Bolognese, show and breed and live in Burgess Hill, West Sussex. I also work part time as a support worker. I originally chose the breed for my daughter to show as a Junior Handler, but she has grown up and number of dogs have grown too! I originally trained as a Veterinary Nurse, as well as managing large show/breeding/boarding & quarantine kennels. I progressed to the commercial sector in sales and marketing of pet products, including running my own PR agency for pet related companies. Along with a few other like minded enthusiasts, we started this club in August 2015 as we felt the breed needed an information centre and a friendly group where people could share their views and learn more about the breed.