Maltese Shih Tzus have become one of the top breeds in Australia. They combine all of the good traits of both the Maltese and the Shih Tzu parents, making a dog with both good looks and an endearing personality. People who suffer from allergies may wonder whether the Maltese Shih Tzu is hypoallergenic. The short answer is yes, they are.
The long answer is a bit more complicated. First, we’ll have to look at what causes dog allergies and how a dog can be hypoallergenic.
What Are the Causes of Dog Allergies
The main allergens that cause dog allergies are the dog’s dander and saliva. There are proteins found in the dander and saliva that can cause an allergic reaction in certain people. An important thing to note is that these proteins may not be produced by all dogs of a certain breed. That could explain why someone allergic to dogs might meet two dogs of the same breed but only experience an allergic reaction to one of them.
How Can a Dog Be Hypoallergenic
There are certain breeds of dogs that are more suited to those who suffer allergies. These breeds include some very popular ones, such as the Poodle, Maltese, Miniature Schnauzer, and Shih Tzu, among others. Breeds like these can be said to be hypoallergenic because they release less of the dander and saliva that cause allergic reactions.
It’s important to remember that all dogs, no matter the breed, produce dander and saliva. The key trait for hypoallergenic dogs is that they must shed very little or not at all, and cannot drool excessively. Certain types of dog coats will also trap dander, decreasing the amount of allergens found around the home.
Are Maltese Shih Tzus Hypoallergenic?
As a cross between two hypoallergenic dogs, Maltese Shih Tzus are much less likely to shed and release allergy-inducing dander. In fact, one of the original goals when this hybrid was first introduced was to create a breed that would be suitable for people with allergies. Maltese Shih Tzus are a low-to-non-shedding breed, with a long, wavy double coat that traps hair and dander. Their small size also means that they produce less dander overall. The structure of the mouth and lips means that they rarely drool, if at all.
To further minimise the chances of an allergic reaction, it’s a good idea to brush out their coat a couple of times a week. Regular baths will also clear the dog’s hair of much of the dander. All in all, Maltese Shih Tzus are a great option for anyone who experiences dog allergies, and can be a wonderful family pet.