Most of us insist on living with a pet and allergies will not stop us.
Dander is the most common pet allergen that people suffer from. This is shed by the skin and found on the animal's fur. People frequently mistake a pet's fur as the culprit when it's actually just the carrier for dander. Hairless dogs like the Xoloitzcuintli are not the only option for dog lovers with allergies!
The following hypoallergenic dog breeds essentially don't shed. No dogs are completely non-allergenic, but hypoallergenic pets produce fewer allergens than others which make them fabulous for allergy sufferers (especially those with asthma).
These ten hypoallergenic breeds will be more compatible with dog owners suffering from allergy symptoms than other breeds or mixes.
This breed is intelligent and loyal. Their waterproof coat requires regular grooming.
Did you know Poodles come in three size varieties? There is a Standard, Miniature, and Toy. The breed is known for being exceptionally smart. Their "trademark" coat still does require maintenance and grooming.
3. Afghan Hound
Known as independent and aloof, but sweet and profoundly loyal. They should be bathed and brushed twice a week - look at all that hair!
4. Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise is a gentle, happy dog. The small dog's hair continuously grows and doesn't shed.
This breed is a crossbreed dog created by crossing the Labrador Retriever and the Standard, Miniature or Toy Poodle. They need similar care to the Poodle as far as grooming - although they are slightly less high maintenance.
These popular dogs are still currently considered mixed breed dogs by official kennels like the American Kennel Club (AKC).
6. Bedlington Terrier
This breed is very active combined with Terrier energy. They have a cute curly, wooly coat.
Known for being playful and fearless, they also have long, silky (hypoallergenic) hair. These pups still need to be brushed daily.
8. Chinese Crested
They thrive on human companionship and have little to no hair, which means no shedding!
9. Kerry Blue Terrier
These dogs are better with older children as a family pet and not recommended to keep with other dogs. Their silky coat needs regular trimming and at least weekly brushing.
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a happy dog with tons of energy and is known for excelling in the sport of truffle hunting! Their thick, curly non-shedding coat is similar to a Poodle's coat.
Some other low-shedding breeds that made our honorable mention list include the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, Shih Tzus, Irish Water Spaniels, Miniature Schnauzers and Giant Schnauzers, Yorkshire Terriers, Cairn Terriers, West Highland White Terriers, and Scottish Terriers, and Coton de Tulears.
You should consult with your medical practitioner before bringing one of these breeds home, and spend some time with the breed before making your decision. And know that even though there will be less dog hair, there will still be shedding. Part of the routine with a new dog will be vacuuming! Some of these dogs will shed a little, albeit less frequent, and it's easier to keep the fur from flying around your house if you keep up daily maintenance with frequent vacuuming and dusting.
A breeder or breed-specific rescue group can provide pet owners with some important information on what hypoallergenic pet will best fit with their particular lifestyle.
Good luck with your search!
Which hypoallergenic dog do you live with? Add in the comments below if you suffer from dog allergies and how you identified the breed you currently live with.
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