It happens way too many times. You and your family search for the perfect new addition to your “pack” only to find out when you get it home that one or more of you are allergic to it. It can be a heartbreaking situation for everyone, especially kids.
That is why you need to do your research, and if a member of your household has allergies, it is best to seek out a hypoallergenic pet.
You are probably asking yourself—are Yorkies hypoallergenic? The short answer is YES.
It Is All About Their Coats
Yorkies do not have fur like most canines. They have fine hair, very similar to us humans. Because their coat is made of hair, they do not suffer from dander as bad and do not experience the seasonal shedding, making them less likely to produce the allergens that many other breeds will.
Of course, no breed is guaranteed to be 100% hypoallergenic, and although Yorkies are classified as such, some individuals may still experience an allergic reaction to them.
Can You Still Be Allergic?
Sadly, the answer to this question is also YES. Again, no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and as such, when allergy season is in full swing, these tiny little lovable furballs may trigger and set off your sinuses.
Because there is the chance that your Yorkie may agitate your allergies, it is suggested to spend some time around your soon to be new family member before bringing them to their forever home.
The Main Culprits
There are two canine proteins known to contribute to most allergic reactions with dogs can f1 and can f2.
When your pet sheds their dead hair, along with their dander, these two protein allergens will become airborne, and as such, enter into your lungs. If your Yorkie is suffering from a case of dry skin, then it may have dander and produce these airborne allergens.
Although your Yorkie may have a case of dander, it is commonly not as severe as that experienced by other canines. Typically, this makes it less of a concern for most people, allergy wise.
Living In Low Places
Yorkies typically have short legs, and as a result, will be positioned lower to the ground than many breeds. This low positioning allows their hair to act much like a broom, which will collect up most anything it comes into contact with the outside world—dust, dirt, and pollen, to name a few.
When your Yorkie comes indoors, these allergens will randomly deposit throughout the home, into your carpet, or on your bedclothes. It would be best if you brushed or washed your Yorkie each time they return from outside to keep down on the possibility of spreading the allergens.
In most cases, Yorkies are hypoallergenic, as unlike other canines, they have hair and not fur. Although it is best to remember that no canine is 100% hypoallergenic, the Yorkie, as a breed, comes the closest and will typically not cause an allergy flare-up as a rule of thumb.