Unsurprisingly, most dogs shed.
While most dog owners tend to be okay with the never-ending dust-bunny battle, some people are allergic to dogs.
However, even if you are allergic, a dog can still be a part of your family’s lives. You just have to set your sights on a hypoallergenic breed (be sure to consult your physician first).
Pet experts and dog owners agree that the following breeds are suitable for people who suffer from allergies:
- Affenpinschers, also known as Monkey Terriers, will shed a little, but don’t worry. This breed was deemed hypoallergenic years ago. The dense coat on this small, wiry dog is manageable. To maintain its mane, groom it at least once a week. This will help to control dog’s dead hairs. Side note: Some of the best gifts for dogs (and their owners) are grooming products.
- Bichon Frise. Whether you want a pup that’s affectionate and sensitive or a toy dog that’s feisty and playful, you can’t go wrong with the Bichon Frise. Best of all, it rarely sheds.
- Brussels griffon Originating from Brussels, they can be just as sensitive as the Bichon Frise, as well as inquisitive and alert. This energetic pup has two types of coats: rough and smooth. Choose the coat to match your preference.
- Chinese Crested dogs can be hairless or coated with fur. Both types are hypoallergenic. In addition, they’re a joy to own because they’re low maintenance and graceful.
- Maltese Shih Tzu. People with allergies, also choose this breed it is companionable, obedient and well-loved by people who have allergies. What’s more, this affectionate breed is highly adaptable, fitting in perfectly whether you live in the city, suburbs or country.
- Yorkshire Terriers are equally popular for good reason. Yorkies and kids get along well. On top of that, they have a cute face and a beautiful coat that hardly sheds. Shih-poos are known for their big personalities. Thankfully, their curly hair doesn’t fall out often. When Shih-poos do shed, chances are you won’t be affected. (Bonus points for Shih-poos for having the most hilarious name on this list.)
The List of Hypoallergenic Dogs Won’t Be Complete Without the Xoloitzcuintli
Hard to spell, but great to own, the Xoloitzcuintli is a great choice whether you have kids or allergies that flare up easily. Xolos, as they’re known, are intelligent pets that also provide comfort to people suffering from arthritis or other ailments because of the heat given off by their bodies.
When it’s not chasing squirrels (or digging holes in your lawn), the Scottish Terrier makes an excellent choice since it only sheds a little. Additionally, it makes an exceptional watchdog, despite its small stature.
Last, but certainly not least, if you want a faithful pet, choose a poodle. Not only is it loyal, but it’s also active and trainable. According to many owners and dog experts, a poodle has what it takes to be the best choice for families wanting a hypoallergenic dog.
“Hypoallergenic” Doesn’t Mean Allergen-Free
No dog breed is completely allergen-free dogs. If a dog is deemed hypoallergenic, it means that that breed is “unlikely to cause an allergic reaction.” If you have your mind set on getting a dog but are concerned about allergies, choose one of the breeds above and then spend some time with it before taking it home. This is the best way to determine the right pup for you.