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Old 02-15-2016, 11:01 AM
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I am looking to rescue an iggy however, some sites I have read say they are hypoallergenic and others say they are not. Is it that they shed but she's less than most dogs with fur so that makes their fur more tolerable?
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Old 02-15-2016, 11:28 AM
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I've had assorted sight hounds, not an Italian Greyhound, but several other sight hound breeds. They all shed and nobody is calling them hypoallergenic.

If there is less hair from an Italian Greyhound, it is because they have fewer square inches of body surface, so they own less hair.

I don't think amount of hair has anything to do with it. A lot of people find Leonbergers to be hypoallergenic, and they don't come any hairier than a Leonberger.
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Old 02-15-2016, 01:42 PM
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Some say yes & some say no. I've never really thought of them as that. Allergy reactions come from the dander on the skin, not the hair. I have heard of some allergic reactions from the saliva also.
Our iggy Taffy sheds a little, but not much to mention of. I'll wipe her down with a alcohol free/fragrance free baby wipe every now & then.

I fell in love with the breed. Taffy is more of a dogs-dog. She has always been more leery of people (strangers). She is a love bug with us, which I love. The breed is not for everyone. Taf is a velcro dog. It depends what you are looking for. There will be more iggies in our future. You are doing the right thing by doing your homework on the breed. They are known for bad teeth. I'm sure rescue will have all of that checked out for you.

Good Luck!
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Old 02-16-2016, 06:31 AM
Location: Paradise
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There is no 100% hypoallergenic dog breed.

Some dogs cause allergies from their fur, dander, saliva...it just depends on the allergy sufferer.

Short hair hounds shed usually twice a year, it may not be as noticeable because their fur/hair is short, but you will notice it. You can minimize it by brushing them regularly (yes, even short hair dogs need brushed) and keeping them healthy.

I love Italian Greyhounds. I love the way they move.
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