Itchy, watery eyes. Sneezing. Coughing. These are all symptoms of allergies, and they can be quite rampant if you have a dog in the home. Many people find that they are allergic to dogs, but more often than not it isn’t the dog itself that they are allergic to, but rather the pet dander and the shedding. The good news is that there are a few hypoallergenic breeds out there, and they are considered to be allergy friendly dogs. If you have a dog allergy, but are desperate to have a furry, four legged friend, then you might want to learn more about these breeds.
Even if you are allergic to dogs, you don’t have to give up on your dreams of being a pet owner. Typically, the people who are most affected by dogs are those that have allergies or asthma. While no dog is really ‘hypoallergenic’, there are some that don’t produce as much pet dander. Dander on pets often has the same effect as pollen, and is often coined as ‘pet pollen’. So, how do you avoid it? Well, it’s not easy to avoid altogether, but if you can find a pet that doesn’t have as much dander, you are at least headed in the right direction. Don’t buy the line that ‘short haired dogs are safer’, because it isn’t always the case.
Just remember, not all people will have the same reaction to different breeds. It may be a good idea to get in close quarters with a ‘hypoallergenic’ dog and see how your body reacts. Most people recommend spending about 30 minutes there, just to see if you have any sign of allergy with the pet, before you take them home. There is really nothing worse than getting a new pup, then bringing them home to realize that you or someone in your home is really allergic. It can be heartbreaking, especially if you have kids in the home that grow attached quickly.
The truth is, you want to look for dogs that either shed less or have a lot less pet dander, and if you don’t know where to start, we can help. We have made a list of the top 10 allergy friendly dogs, and without further ado, here they are.
10 Allergy Friendly Dogs
#1 – Bichon Frise
Some people get fooled by the fact that the Bichon Frise has a fluffy coat. They think, “well since they are fluffy, they are sure to shed and produce a lot of dander”. That isn’t the case at all. They are really happy pups, and are also very easy to train. If you keep them brushed regularly, they won’t shed or produce much dander either. If you want a small, cheery dog, then this is definitely one you will want to consider. They are easy-going and great with kids as well. They can, however, be just a bit yappy at times, and this is something you want to be aware of before you opt for this breed.
#2 – Schnauzer
Next, we have the Schnauzer, which is another pup that doesn’t shed very much at all. Schnauzers are really lovable pets, and they love to be by your side. they are great with kids, but they can be stubborn at times, so you will have to be firm with them from time to time. Looking for a smaller breed? This breed comes in giant, standard and miniature sizes, so you can really pick your preference. All in all, you will find them to be loyal companions, without the allergies that come along with so many breeds of dog.
#3 – Yorkshire Terrier
If you don’t have a large backyard for a big pup, then you might want to consider a smaller breed like the Yorkshire Terrier. Yorkies are perfect for people that have pet allergies, and they really enjoy playing and cuddling inside. Whether you live in a home with a small backyard, or an apartment with virtually no backyard, this one is a great choice. Yorkies don’t shed, and they also don’t have much dander at all. The only catch is that they do require a lot of grooming, and you may need to brush them often to keep their coat from getting matted up.
#4 – Bedlington Terrier
When you first take a look at the Bedlington Terrier, you may think that it looks like some other type of animal, but not a dog. They are definitely a unique breed, and they somewhat resemble a sheep or lamb. They really are adorable, if you can get past the fact that they don’t look too much like a dog. They don’t shed, and they have a very laid back personality. If you are looking for a mild-mannered pup, and don’t mind the unique appearance of the Bedlington Terrier, go for it. They sure are playful and happy pups, and they won’t aggravate your allergies.
#5 – Shih Tzu
Shih Tzus have long, silky coats, but the good news is that they don’t really shed. When they do, it is light shedding. They just require a lot of grooming to keep their coat looking great. They will need regular baths and regular trims, or their fur can get matted, which is never a good thing. As for their personality, you will find the Shih Tzu to be affectionate and laid back. If you have a baby in your home, however, you may want to be wary of choosing this breed. They sometimes get jealous of infants and toddlers because they get insecure. If you have little ones, make sure to protect them, or choose a different breed.
#6 – Poodle
The Poodle is probably one of the more popular allergy friendly breeds. Poodles are really cute, and they come in three different sizes. You can get a standard sized poodle, a miniature poodle, or a toy poodle. Poodles really don’t shed at all, but they do require grooming on a regular basis. The advantage is that they are really easy for you to train, but they can get a little loud and yappy at times. This is something to keep in mind. Is a Poodle too posh for you? If so, then why not consider a Labradoodle, which has the body of a Labrador with the coat of a Poodle.
#7 – Italian Greyhound
The Italian Greyhound has a very thin coat, which means that they barely shed at all. It is also really easy to keep them free from allergens because the coat is so short and thin. This breed is a loyal breed, so if loyalty is something that you are looking for in a pup, this one is for you! They are also very playful, but don’t require a huge yard like many large breeds. One factor to keep in mind if you are considering the Italian Greyhound is their sensitivity to extreme cold, so if you live in a cold climate, this may not be a good breed for your family. If you live where it stays warm, then it may be the perfect choice.
#8 – Basenji
The Basenji is one of our favorite picks, for a variety of reasons. First of all, they don’t shed at all, so there is no mess of pet hair to clean up! They also don’t produce much dander, making them allergy friendly. Another great aspect that people love about this breed is that they don’t bark. Some dog breeds are loud and yappy, and difficult to break from it. While they don’t bark, they do sometimes make a distinct yodeling type sound, and they can be a bit tricky to train because they are hounds. While they may be stubborn at times, they are really lovable and have a great personality.
#9 – Chinese Crested
The Chinese Crested breed is yet another great choice for those that have allergies. They have very little hair, and they don’t shed much at all. While they do have dander, it isn’t in high amounts like some of the other breeds out there. As for their personality and temperament, they can be somewhat clingy and experience a bit of separation anxiety, but overall they make great family pets and are great around kids. If you take a look at this breed, you will find that they have a unique look, but they are really cute and playful.
#10 – Samoyed
The Samoyed is one of the most allergy friendly dogs out there, even though they are pretty fluffy. While they do shed some, they don’t leave behind that odor that most other dogs do, and they also don’t have much dander. This is great news for allergy sufferers. It seems that they would be a perfect choice for someone that has allergies or asthma. Aside from being allergy friendly, they are also really laid back and gentle. This makes them great for homes with children. They are also really precious, and sure to offer your family a whole lot of love and happiness.