According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, about 10% of the population in the U.S. is allergic to dogs. You’re not alone if you suffer from dog allergies. However, technically speaking, you’re not allergic to the dog. You’re allergic to the proteins found in the saliva, urine, and skin flakes, and the dander that is attached to the dog. It’s these proteins or allergens, not the dog itself, that cause an allergic reaction to the dog. These allergens are harmless, but they can and do trigger your immune system which causes sniffling, sneezing, itchiness, hives, and watery eyes.
If your family situation allows, it’s always nice to be able for children to have a dog. Growing up with a pet lets a child learn about empathizing with others, caring for animals and taking responsibility. Plus, dogs are just a whole lot of fun! Who better to listen to a child’s hopes and dreams or cuddle with a child when he’s feeling blue? If you’re thinking about the best small dog breeds for your kids, there are some things to take into consideration.