What is a hypoallergenic dog? Simply put, it’s a breed of dog (or cross breed) that is compatible with people who have allergies. Common allergens in dogs are found in its saliva and dander. Breeds that shed less hair are likely to be more hypoallergenic because the dog’s dander and saliva stick to hair and so are less liable to be released into the environment.
Experts on allergies and asthma argue that the term ‘hypoallergenic’ can be misused and that a dog truly can’t be hypoallergenic. Individual reactions to breed will vary. Nevertheless, there are some breeds that people with allergies may find they can tolerate. A dog provides such love and companionship, it can be worthwhile investing in them.
Here are the Top 10 Allergenic Dogs:
Schnauzers shed less than other breeds and are super-friendly. They are energetic, so you will need to walk them quite a bit.
These cute little things look more like lambs than dogs at first sight. They don’t shed much and, at a small size, are good for those who live in flats.
These dogs look fluffy, but they don’t shed hair that much. You will need to groom them regularly, though – which is good practice anyway for any dog owner who has allergies. They are sweet little dogs, but they can become jealous of babies and toddlers so aren’t the best choice for young families.
The poodle is a classic choice for people with allergies, as they do not shed much at all. They come in three sizes – standard, miniature and toy.
Another classic choice – the labradoodle is a cross breed, combining the poodle’s shed-free coat with a Labrador body.
This is a small dog with a very thin coat. They are sensitive to the cold, though – so will need wrapping up in winter.
Although they look very fluffy, the Maltese doesn’t shed very much. They are docile animals and perfect for families.
This dog has very little hair at all, so ideal for people who generally find dogs problematic.
Kerry Blue Terrier
The Kerry Blue Terrier has a closely-packed coat that sheds minimally. They are also friendly dogs.
With the Bichon Frize, you almost feel as if you are looking at a little marshmallow! But don’t be fooled by that fluffy white coat. This wee doggie hardly sheds at all and will get you plenty of attention when you take him or her for a walk.