Are Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers hypoallergenic?

by Matt Bostic

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Portrait of Dog Breed Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

I am thinking of getting a Nova Scotia Duck Trolling Retriever, and I am curious about their fur coat.  I have a daughter who suffers from allergies, and I want to know if their fur coat is hypoallergenic because that is what I need.

Taking some time at the end of the day today, I pulled up some important information about this topic and this dog breed.  Please read along to see what I found out.

Are Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers hypoallergenic?

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is not a hypoallergenic dog with a double coat of long and moderately shedding fur. 

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a breed that was bred for hunting and life outdoors, which means that their fur coat is denser and thicker than some other dog breeds.  Their lush and thick fur coat is not by any means hypoallergenic, and they do tend to shed a lot during the Spring and Fall.  Other times of the year, they will shed a little less, but the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is not hypoallergenic. 

Their shedding is manageable, which means that those who suffer from mild allergies may find them an acceptable dog breed if they don’t mind a great deal of cleaning at certain times and some lifestyle modifications.  For a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever to be considered hypoallergenic, they would need very low shedding. 

All dogs shed at least a little, even dogs that are considered hypoallergenic.  While the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever can never be regarded as hypoallergenic, many things can be done to make life more agreeable when dealing with their shedding fur.

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a dog breed that was bred to be an outdoor, hunting dog breed.  For this reason, they are physically equipped to handle outdoor life with a double coat of fur that has two layers.

Each layer is unique, with the outer layer being longer and water-resistant, protecting against debris and dirt getting to their skin.  The inner layer also acts as an insulator protecting against debris and dirt and keeps them cool when it is hot and warm when it is cold.  The inner coat is dense and soft and provides a second layer of protection.

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling dog breed does shed, and while they do not shed excessively like some other breeds, they do shed moderately when compared with other dogs.

Spring and Fall will bring more shedding, which is typical for all dog breeds in response to weather and seasonal changes.  During the Summer and Winter, they will still shed but not as much as Spring and Fall.

Whatever shedding they do from season to season, their fur shedding is manageable with proper cleaning and grooming.  Some people who only suffer mild allergies may live with this breed if they don’t mind being through in cleaning and grooming and some other mild lifestyle modifications.

This is just a possibility, and it is best for potential pet parents to consult their doctor before selecting this or another breed.

For this dog breed or any other to be considered hypoallergenic, they must be low shedding.  As all dogs shed a little regardless of breed, only those that shed small amounts of fur can be hypoallergenic.

For those who are able, much can be done when living with a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever to make life cleaner and healthier for everyone involved.

What makes dogs’ fur or hair allergic?

What makes a dog’s fur or hair allergic is shedding.  While all dogs shed, some shed more than others.

With this shedding comes dander which is attached to their fur.  This dander is what causes allergies in people who suffer.  Pet dander is tiny particles composed of skin from the animal, and for those who suffer from allergies to a specific animal, they can be carried on the hair or fur that is shed and cause an allergic reaction.

Another thing that makes dogs’ fur or hair allergic is droplets of urine, saliva, and fecal matter that can affect the dog’s skin, fur, or hair and can be shed and cause allergic reactions.

This is specifically for people who are allergic to an animal or perhaps animal fur.  It is not per se the fur or hair but what is attached to it.

Are Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers hypoallergenic?
Pet grooming, dog washing in groomer salon

This is not to say that the fur can exasperate the issue if it is long, dense, and thick or everywhere in a particular environment.

Besides that, other things can passively make a dog’s fur or hair allergic to those who don’t suffer from pet allergies.

Those who are allergic to pollen, mold, or other substances can suffer while in the presence of any dog or animal.  An animal’s fur can catch these allergens and carry them around, to later be brushed on the allergic person’s clothing or furniture.

Therefore their fur or hair can trigger an assortment of allergies, but essential is not the allergen itself but a carrier for the allergens to travel on or be transported.

Can any dog be considered hypoallergenic?

Yes, some dogs can be considered hypoallergenic.

While this subject is debatable by numerous people, particular dogs, and even cats can be considered hypoallergenic.  If we break down the word into its two parts, hypo means low or below normal—allergenic means having the ability to cause an allergy or allergic reaction.

Put together; they mean low or below normal ability to cause an allergy or allergic reaction.  Therefore certain dog breeds are hypoallergenic because while they still can cause allergies or an allergic reaction, the likelihood is low or below normal.

If I only have allergies to certain things, will that make a difference in whether I need a hypoallergenic dog or not?

Yes and no.  If you are only allergic to certain things, it can make a difference in whether or not you need a hypoallergenic dog or not.  If you are not allergic to dogs, meaning their dander, saliva, urine, or fecal matter, it may be possible to have any dog as a furry family member.

It may, however, be necessary for you to be adamant about cleaning and grooming your dog and taking proper care of yourself while living with them.

This can include cleaning the house daily and brushing them daily t reduce the possibility that you will suffer from an allergic reaction to something they are carrying on their fur or hair.  It will also likely be necessary for you to wear a mask or protect yourself while grooming to reduce the chance you will breathe in unknown allergens.  You may also find yourself needing to change clothing or shower after grooming them.

Whether or not these things are necessary will depend on how severe your allergies are and what your contact is with your dog.  Meaning, do they sleep in your bed or elsewhere and so on.

Is there any way to reduce the amount of allergy-causing fur a Nova Scotia Duck Toller sheds?

Yes, there is a way to reduce the amount of allergy-causing fur a Nova Scotia Duck Toller sheds.  This is accomplished with good household cleaning habits and grooming habits.  It is also necessary for them to have a nutritious diet, a healthy amount of exercise, restful sleep, a positive and loving environment, and healthy social interactions.

Grooming your Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever may need to be done outside or in an accessible cleanup area that can minimize the hair or fur from getting all over the rest of the house.

Aside from that, for those who suffer from allergies and are concerned with a hypoallergenic dog but adore this beautiful dog breed, it may be best to provide them a comfortable place to sleep away from the pet parents.

Keeping them off furnishings and having a unique pet bed in a comfortable spot can be a hard thing to do for any pet parent, but for those who suffer from any allergies, it can be essential.

While this breed is not hypoallergenic, their home life can low amounts of shedding and fur everywhere with a good set of tools, an easily attainable routine, and some patience and diligence.

Final Thoughts

While the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is not hypoallergenic, much can be done to make life more tolerable for those who have trouble with shedding fur.

A good routine, quality tools, and a little hard work can minimize the fur that flies everywhere but can sometimes be taxing for some pet parents.

Either way, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is one rare and exceptional dog breed that anyone would have a hard time resisting!

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