Allergies are always a concern for individuals currently in the process of adopting a new family dog, and if you are now considering adopting a Jack Chi Terrier, you may be curious if they are hypoallergenic?
It is a valid concern, and I do not blame you for being curious.
As a Terrier owner myself and an avid fan of the Jack Chi, here is what I can tell you about this topic.
Are Jack Chis Hypoallergenic?
No, Jack Chis are not hypoallergenic dogs. With short-haired and short-coated, Jack Chis will shed moderately and it is controllable for an individual with allergies. Long coated and long-haired Jack Chis will shed more frequently and be more difficult for individuals with allergies to manage.
This does not meet the definition or criteria to be considered hypo allergenic, which I will cover more in-depth shortly.
The rest of this quick discussion is designed to break down what you need to know about the Jack Chi Terrier when it comes to allergies and shedding, and here is how I intend to break this discussion down for you today:
- Are Jack Chis Hypoallergenic?
- Jack Chis and The Potential For Shedding and Allergies
- How To Reduce Allergies and Control Shedding With Jack Chis
- Jack Chis Are Not Hypoallergenic, But Allergies and Shedding Can Be Manageable
Are Jack Chis Hypoallergenic?
Hypoallergic means that the dog will cause fewer allergies or fewer allergies than other dogs.
This is typically the direct result of how much dander is produced and how much shedding is produced by the dog breed in question.
You will not run into a situation that would deem them as a hypoallergenic dog breed with the Jack Chi Terrier.
Much like the parent dog breed of the Jack Chi (Jack Russell Terrier), the two most common options is a short-haired Jack Chi or a Jack Chi with a longer coat.
Both coats are known to produce at minimum, moderate shedding.
This is remarkably like the Jack Russell Terrier.
Let me explain further about the potential shedding for the Jack Chi and share my experience with my JRT shedding, so you have a better idea.
Following that, we can cover what you can do to eliminate some allergies and shedding with your Jack Chi if you have your heart set on adopting a Jack Chi soon.
Jack Chis and The Potential For Shedding and Allergies
As mentioned, a moment ago, a Jack Chi is 100% going to produce moderate shedding.
My Jack Russell Terrier (50% part of the Jack Chi) sheds moderately, and she is a full-bred Jack Russell Terrier that is classified as a short hair/smooth coat JRT.
She sheds enough that it is noticeable and could produce some allergies if you are sensitive to shedding or dander.
With this being the case, the only thing you can do if you really want to adopt a Jack Chi but have allergy issues is to reduce the shedding as much as possible, which is what I want to cover next.
How To Reduce Allergies and Control Shedding With Jack Chis
To control the shedding, which will ultimately help reduce the allergies you suffer from adopting a Jack Chi, you have a few easy tasks you need to complete and be aware of.
First and foremost, perform a regular brushing once a week to remove dead hair, dander, and debris.
If you want to take it up a notch and reduce shedding, even more, considering brushing your Jack Chi twice a week.
Brushing reduces shedding dramatically by removing dead hair and keeping the coat healthy.
Suppose you have allergies that are easily activated.
In that case, I highly recommend completing the brushing somewhere, such as outside in a garage where you can quickly sweep up the hair or out where the hair will not float around the house.
Next, you need to be careful not to over bathe your Jack Chi.
The Jack Chi requires the same amount of bathing as a Jack Russell Terrier or close to it.
Typically, once every 4 weeks is enough; baths can increase shedding and produce dry skin which ultimately will cause more allergies.
If your Jack Chi gets dirty outside, clearly you can give them a bath as needed.
Outside of those situations, I recommend every 4-6 weeks.
No more and no less.
To recap, brush your Jack Chi 1-2 times per week and do not over bathe your Jack Chi.
Implementing only these two easy steps can help you avoid allergies and reduce shedding.
Jack Chis Are Not Hypoallergenic, But Allergies and Shedding Can Be Manageable
Even though a Jack Chi Terrier is not considered hypoallergenic, its allergies and the overall shedding they produce can undoubtedly be managed and controlled.
Sure, it takes a little effort on your end, but you have options if you are set on adopting.
Jack Chis can make for excellent pets.
They can be one of the best companion dogs with a loving home and become highly affectionate towards their families.
Consider that when debating if the Jack Chi will be too much for your allergies to handle.
Luna and I wish you the best of luck with your Jack Chi Terrier and the journey you have ahead of you!
What are your thoughts about Jack Chis and the allergies they may cause?
Do you have anything further to add to this post for individuals concerned with allergies that want to adopt a Jack Chi?
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As always, Luna and I appreciate you stopping by and reading today, and we will see you again next time!