9 hypoallergenic dog breeds for people with pet allergies
Possibly the saddest reason that prevents you from owning a dog is an allergy. For different people, dog allergies will vary in severity, from a bout of sneezing and a runny nose, all the way to wheezing, difficulty breathing, and even your throat closing up (especially if you are asthmatic). In some cases, the skin will break out into a rash when a dog licks you. In most instances, the allergic reaction is caused by dander (flakes of dead skin cells), saliva or urine.
Whilst most dog allergies won’t be curbed by getting a hypoallergenic pet, and although most dogs aren’t fully hypoallergenic, there are definitely some breeds are that are better for allergy sufferers.
We’ve compiled this list of 9 hypoallergenic dogs for would-be dog parents with dog allergies.
For people with light allergy sensitivity to dogs, poodles can be a great addition to the home. The breed’s curly, light-shedding coat holds onto the dander, which can be easily maintained with proper grooming and regular brushing.
Good news for mild allergy sufferers! The Yorkie’s human-hair-like coat is less likely to elicit an allergic reaction, as they don’t have an undercoat that sheds. As long as their coats are trimmed and groomed regularly, this petite pet is a good choice for a hypoallergenic dog.
The Maltese are bred to be companions. These hypoallergenic dogs have a bright white, silky coat that doesn’t shed, and they only lose hair during brushing. And the bonus: these pooches are perfect for small spaces, like apartments or garden cottages.
Wire Fox Terrier
Covered in a dense, wavy coat, the Wire Fox Terrier is an excellent hypoallergenic pet. Thanks to the crinkliness of their coats, these dogs have very limited shedding, and traces of dead hair can be removed during proper grooming.
Here is another pooch with similar hair to that of humans. Therefore, a Shih Tzu’s coat is less likely to cause a reaction for someone with allergic sensitivity to dogs. Regular grooming and maintenance will ensure this cute little pooch stays cute and hypoallergenic.
The Schnauzer is best known for producing far less dander than most dog breeds. This also makes cleaning and minimising allergens in the home much easier, as they shed very little.
Portuguese Water Dog
This breed is one of the most popular hypoallergenic dogs to get. It may or may not have to do with the fact that former US President Barack Obama kept Portuguese Water dogs at the White House because his daughters have dog allergies. This beautiful breed also boasts a waterproof coat!
Basenjis are great pets to have as an allergy sufferer because they have a short coat that does not shed. And as a bonus, this hypoallergenic pooch is as efficient in self-cleaning as a cat. They are a little bit harder to train, but Basenjis make for wonderful and loving pets.
Hairless Chinese Crested
Hairless dogs are always a safe bet when looking for hypoallergenic dogs. The less the dog has, the less likely they are to have coats trapped with dander, and the less likely they are to shed. And since the Hairless Chinese Crested is virtually hairless, there is little to no shedding depending on how often they are groomed.
There are quite a few more hypoallergenic breeds of dogs in the world, but some of them can be extremely expensive. The most important thing to remember as an allergy-ridden, prospective dog parent is to do a bit of research before adopting your pet. And since no dog is truly hypoallergenic, it’s best to keep some antihistamines on hand for any potential reactions.