Perhaps nothing else says “dog” than a dogs hair, skin and coat.
Most people, even people that may not love dogs, can usually name and identify several dog breeds. This identification is not only from a dog’s size, but from the dogs hair and coat. Visualize a German Shepard and you see a fairly large dog with short, darker hair. Visualize a poodle and you see a smaller dog with lighter, curly hair.
However, a dogs hair and fur are not the same thing. Just like in humans, both hair and fur are made out of a protein compound called keratin. However, they are different in both look and feel and, and as a result, require different type of attention and cleaning.
What is the difference between a dogs hair and fur? Do both cause allergies for those that may be allergic to “dogs”? In many cases, dogs with hair vs. fur, such as Afghan Hounds, certain Terrier’s and Poodles, are not as likely to set off a persons allergies than those dogs with fur.
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However, it’s usually not the actual fur that causes allergies. Usually, allergies from dogs are triggered by a dogs skin and saliva. As the skin sheds (as all skin does shed, even our own), the small microscopic flakes remain in the fur. As the dog moves about or is petted, these allergens are released into the air. Unfortunately, since puppies are growing and tend to shed more skin (and are much more active), they tend to trigger more allergies than older dogs.
And because a dogs hair, coat and skin are what makes a dog a dog, many products have been created to clean, wash and sooth a dogs skin.