If you’re thinking about getting a new puppy (or you’re visiting a friend with a Corgi) and have allergies you may be wondering “are Corgis hypoallergenic?”
The short answer is no: no dog is actually technically hypoallergenic. But there’s a lot more to the story.
While no dog is hypoallergenic, the reactions people have to dogs can be complicated.
For that reason, we asked our veterinary advisor Dr. Jamie Whittenburg to offer advice on pet care and how think about allergic reactions to your dog. We’ll go into great detail in this post on:
- Whether people have allergic reactions to Corgis
- What you need to know if you’re thinking about bringing home a Corgis
- What to do if you think you or a loved one may be allergic
Let’s dive in!
In This Article
Are Corgis Hypoallergenic?
No. Unfortunately, Corgis are not hypoallergenic.
Corgis shed a lot and may cause allergies to flare. Those with allergies to dogs may not suffer from allergic reactions much if they adopt a pet Corgi. Additionally, there are some ways to keep shedding and dander at bay to prevent mild allergic reactions away.
Dog lovers and enthusiasts may be obsessed with finding the perfect dog for them – especially if they are allergic to some animals. Although some animals can be compatible with people prone to allergic reactions, some pairings may not be ideal.
Consider investing in a pet-friendly vacuum to help get the pet dander and excess hair off the floor and rugs.
Although there are no hypoallergenic Corgi mixes, brushing your Corgi once every one to three days can keep their hair and shedding under control.
Can You be Allergic to Corgis?
Anyone with allergies to dogs and cats will likely have reactions to a Corgi. Some people may only see their dog or cat allergies flare up during certain seasons. These allergies can be severe during the beginning of spring and summer when Corgis begin to shed their winter coat.
You may notice your allergies are so bad during these seasons that you have to increase the amount of brushing and vacuuming you do to keep up with the amount of hair your Corgi releases. Consider keeping a schedule to maintain the cleanliness of your home.
Do Corgis Shed?
All dogs shed, even dogs most marketed as hypoallergenic, will likely shed some. For example, Basenjis are touted as hypoallergenic and are hailed as a dog that doesn’t shed. However, this isn’t true.
Every dog will shed at least a little bit, including Corgis, hypoallergenic-marketed or not. However, some dog breeds will shed only a little bit while others may have you vacuuming every day. For example, Australian Shepherds are notorious shedders and can likely have you adopting a daily cleaning routine to keep the hair from bothering your allergies.
Keeping your dog’s hair under control can be the determining factor in keeping allergic symptoms to a minimum.
Corgi Grooming Tips
Keeping your Corgi well-groomed is the best way to help prevent some allergic reactions. Here are some things to keep in mind when thinking about your grooming routine for your Corgi:
- Daily brushing is essential to keeping your corgi’s coat healthy and free of tangles. Use a soft bristled brush and be sure to go against the grain to reach the undercoat.
- Bathe your corgi every 4-6 weeks using a mild shampoo designed specifically for dogs. Avoid getting water in their ears, and rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of soap.
- Keep your corgi’s nails trimmed to avoid discomfort and overgrowth. You can do this yourself at home with a nail trimmer designed for pets, or have it done by a professional groomer or veterinarian.
- Check your corgi’s ears regularly for signs of wax build-up, redness, or irritation. Clean them with a gentle ear cleaner designed for dogs, being careful not to insert the solution too far into the ear canal.
- Keep your corgi’s teeth clean and healthy by brushing them daily with a dog-specific toothpaste and toothbrush. You can also give them chew toys or snacks that are designed to help reduce plaque and tartar buildup.
Here is a good video overview of how to groom a Corgi:
Corgi Coat & Fur
Similarly, understanding more about a Corgi’s coat and fur can help you better groom them and better understand your risks for allergies. Here are some key things to keep in mind about a Corgi’s fur and coat:
- Corgis have a thick, double coat that is weatherproof and sheds dirt easily.
- The outer coat is coarse and straight, while the undercoat is soft and dense.
- Corgis come in a variety of colors including red, sable, fawn, black, and merle.
- Most Corgis have white markings on their chests, faces, and tails.
- Corgi coats require minimal grooming and only need to be brushed once or twice a week.
- Corgis are considered a low-shedding breed, although they will shed more during the spring and fall.
- Regular baths and nail trims are also important to keep your Corgi looking their best.
Corgi Fast Facts
If you’re researching whether Corgis are hypoallergenic, there’s a good chance you’re considering bringing one home. In that case, here are some interesting facts that may help you better understand Corgis and decide if the breed is right for you:
- Corgis are a herding breed of dog originally from Wales.
- There are two types of Corgis recognized by the American Kennel Club: the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
- Corgis stand 10 to 12 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 25 to 30 pounds.
- The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the more popular of the two breeds, and is distinguished from the Cardigan by its smaller size and lack of a tail (the Pembroke’s tail is often docked).
- Both breeds have short legs, long bodies, erect ears, and firey personalities.
- Corgis are intelligent, active, and loyal dogs that make great companions.
- Corgis live an average of 12 to 15 years.
- Common health problems for Corgis include hip dysplasia, von Willebrand’s disease, and eye problems.
- Corgis are relatively easy to train and make great watchdogging and herding dogs.
- The Queen of England is a well-known fan of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi breed.
- The Corgi is the 11th most popular dog breed in the United States.
- Corgis are considered a medium-maintenance breed when it comes to grooming, requiring weekly brushing and the occasional bath.
Treatments for Allergies
If you have a severe allergic reaction you obviously want to consult a medical professional. For milder allergic symptoms (from your dog or from allergies in general) here are some basic potential remedies:
- Antihistamines: These drugs block histamine, a substance produced by the body in response to an allergen. Histamine can cause itching, sneezing, and runny nose. Antihistamines are available over-the-counter and by prescription.
- Nasal corticosteroids: These drugs reduce inflammation in the nasal passages. They are available as a spray or as a pill.
- Leukotriene inhibitors: These drugs block leukotrienes, substances that contribute to inflammation. They are available as pills.
- Decongestants: These drugs relieve congestion by shrinking blood vessels in the nose. They are available over-the-counter and by prescription.
- Cromolyn sodium: This drug prevents the release of histamine. It is available as a nasal spray.
- Immunotherapy: This treatment helps the body build immunity to an allergen. It is usually given in the form of shots, but it can also be taken as a pill or liquid under the tongue.
Dr. Stephen Dreskin MD, PHD from UC Health has a great overview of dealing with pet allergies as well if you’re having issues there:
There is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog (or cat). Hypoallergenic implies that the dog will not cause a human to have an allergic reaction. Many mistakenly believe that humans’ allergies to cats and dogs are caused by hair shedding.
Though hairs that fall off of the dogs and cats may increase the risk of allergies, humans are allergic to proteins that dogs and cats shed in their saliva, urine, and dander.
Allergic reactions in humans to dogs and cats vary widely from human to human, and some dogs will trigger allergies in a human while others will not.
In my experience as a veterinarian, dogs and cats that children grow up with when they are young, and dogs that are brought into the household as puppies tend to cause the fewest allergy issues. It is likely that constant exposure to your personal dog desensitizes your immune system to that dog’s specific proteins.
If you have a dog or cat allergy and a dog or cat, there are some things you can do to help decrease your allergic reaction.
Keep in mind that it is the proteins the dog produces that cause the allergy. However specific actions like controlling loose hair, or obtaining a non-shedding breed, can decrease the protein-containing dander that causes your allergies in your home.
Dog Breeds with Hair & Not Fur
A number of breeds have hair, as opposed to fur, and therefore do not shed. These include:
- Shih Tzus
- Scottish, Yorkshire, and Bedlington terriers
Cat Breeds with Hair & Not Fur
Similarly there are a number of cat breeds with hair and no fur:
- Devon Rex
- Cornish Rex
- Russian Blue
Strategies to Reduce Pet Allergies
- Non-Shedding Breed – As mentioned above, some humans with allergies find that they tolerate non-shedding breeds better than those with fur, as this reduces the amount of dander in the air.
- Brushing, Bathing, and Grooming – Regardless of hair coat, frequent brushing, bathing, and grooming will decrease the dander present in your environment. For home brushing, the procedure should be done outside to avoid aerosolizing the dander into your home. Baths should be administered no more often than every other week to decrease the likelihood of drying out the dog or cat’s skin. Professional grooming frequency will depend on the cat or dog’s coat, but to reduce allergies will likely need to be done at least monthly.
- Clean Home – If you or a family member suffers from dog or cat allergies, it is essential to clean your home often. Frequent vacuuming, dusting, as well as cleaning fabric furniture, will keep the cat or dog dander in your home under control.
- Vacuuming – You should vacuum with a high-quality vacuum that has a HEPA filter installed.
- Moist Cleaning – Sweeping with a dry broom is not recommended. This method tends to stir up the dust and dander into the air. Swiffers and wet mopping are preferred for floors. Moist cloths are preferred to feather dusters for dusting.
- Air filters – Replace the filters in your furnace and air conditioning units. Always buy high-quality, preferably HEPA rated, filters. It may also be helpful to purchase individual room air purifiers/filters.
- Flooring – Carpeting will hold on to dander and other allergens. If you or a family member suffers from dog allergies, it may help to replace carpeting with hardwood, linoleum, or tile flooring. These types of flooring are easier to clean and will reduce the allergen load in your home.
- Accessories – Your dog or cat will deposit allergenic proteins where they sleep and also on toys and other objects that they get saliva on. Ensure you regularly wash all beds, pillows, and toys frequently.
Final Thoughts: Is There Such a Thing as a Hypoallergenic Corgi?
There is no such thing as a hypoallergenic Corgi. Although Corgis are adorable, highly-intelligent, and curious dogs, they can very much cause allergic reactions to persist in those prone to allergies.
Here are some factors to keep in mind when considering adopting a Corgi, especially if you have allergies:
- All dogs can cause allergic reactions.
- There is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog.
- Corgis shed a lot.
- Frequent brushing, grooming, and vacuuming can help battle allergy symptoms.
- Keep a cleaning schedule to ensure allergies stay away.
Corgis are a stunning dog breed, regardless of how they may contribute to allergies. Keep up a consistent schedule to reap the benefits of owning a Corgi without suffering from your allergies flaring up.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sources & Additional Resources
- Corgis and Allergies: Can You Be Allergic to This Dog Breed? (https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/corgis-and-allergies/)
- What You Need to Know About Allergies and Corgis (https://spoiledhounds.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-allergies-and-corgis/)
- Do Corgis Shed? How Much, and What You Can Do About It. (https://corgipress.com/do-corgis-shed/)
- Corgi FAQ’s Answered By a Vet (https://www.corgiguide.com/corgi-faqs/)
- Do Corgis Shed? How Much, and What You Can Do About It. (https://corgipress.com/do-corgis-shed/)
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