SHIH TZU: A HYPOALLERGENIC DOG
Since primary allergens are attributed to proteins found in dogs dander and saliva, breeds that lose less hair are thought more likely to be hypoallergenic. The Shih Tzu is a double coated dog, meaning they have an undercoat and also a top coat (unlike a Maltese which is also a long haired breed but has a single coat). The Shih Tzu has hair as oppose to the fur type coat that is common to many breeds, and the Shih Tzu generally loses very little hair. This type of coat/hair is why the Shih Tzu is considered one the best toy breeds for people that suffer with allergies. The overall size of the Shih Tzu being small verses a bigger sized dog is also a relevant factor. With brushing the Shih Tzu there may be a small bit of hair collected in the brush, but you don't have the shedding all over the house/furniture as is typical with breeds that shed. It may prove best to keep one in a close cut to minimize the amount of hair altogether. Also, regular bathes are a means of reducing any dander that may be present. Using a leave in cream rinse conditioner is also suggested when shampooing and conditioning your Shih Tzu.
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