In the last issue of ANTIC [See Norfolks, Shedding and Human Allergies] we asked to hear from people who had first-hand experience with Norfolk Terriers and allergies. A "lost" file (I know it is here somewhere) prevents me from publicly thanking by name those of you who were kind enough to write . . . but otherwise the news is promising.
While the consensus was that Norfolks are not shed-free, they do seem to cause fewer allergic reactions than do some other dogs. Some families who could not live with other breeds do manage to get along with Norfolks . . . despite an occasional sniffle or sneeze.
Kerry Smith noted that what may be mistaken for an allergic reaction may instead be a reaction to Cheyletiella, or dandruff mites. These mites often appear as small white specks on a puppy's coat. A not uncommon condition in Norfolks, this mite can be eliminated by giving the puppy a bath in Selsun Blue or a good flea shampoo. It usually takes only one bath - or two at the most - to get rid of these pesky critters.
ANTIC, June 1996
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