10 Best Dog Breeds for Allergy Sufferers

Heather Burdo

Poodle

You walk past the dogs on the street or see all the cute pups online, wishing you could have one. Unfortunately, you turn down the idea because you suffer from allergies. There is hope though! You can bring a furry companion into your home as long as you choose the right breed so your allergies won’t be impacted. Choosing from hypoallergenic dog breeds means they produce less dander and usually don’t shed as much.

1. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier - While this breed does have grooming needs, if you keep up on the maintenance they don’t shed much. This breed is considered ideal for an allergy-prone household.

2. Italian Greyhound - All this breed would need is a bath on occasion and a rubdown. Thankfully, these gorgeous pups shed very little, and sometimes not at all.

3. Schnauzer - This breed of dog produces less pet dander than other breeds. A schnauzer is ideal for someone who suffers from allergies. Plus, there’s a Schnauzer in ever size: Miniature, Standard, or Giant.

4. Portuguese Water Dog - This breed of dog is fascinating not only because they’re bred to help fisherman off the coast of Portugal, but they also require minimal grooming. Just a routine clipping and they’re good to go.

5. Havanese - These dogs don’t shed like their sister breed, the Shavanese. If easy management is appealing to you, a Havanese may be perfect. These dogs are easy-going, making them a perfect choice for someone with kids.

6. Chinese Crested Dog - Whether you want a dog with hair or no hair, this breed can do both. Both types have no dog odor and are ideal for someone with allergies. Upkeep for the hairless variety includes bathing massaging lotion into their skin so it doesn’t dry out. If you choose the type with hair, you will need to brush often to reap the minimum shedding benefits.

7. Bedlington Terrier - Not only does this breed shed very little, but they are very affectionate dogs. This could be your hypoallergenic furry companion that you have been longing for.

8. Bichon Frise - This breed will need professional grooming once every four weeks to keep their coat clean and trimmed. If you’re looking for a small dog to suit your allergy needs, this could be the ideal dog for you as they usually weigh in around 10-18 pounds. They are even great for small homes or apartments because they are small and active indoors.

9. Cairn Terriers - The Cairn Terrier was originally bred to hunt badgers and foxes. Due to their dense coat, it’s ideal to brush this breed several times per week to prevent it from matting. As long as you keep up with grooming needs, shedding should be minimal. This dog is known to be affectionate but also independent. If you have children, they would be a great companion.

10. Poodle - Poodles don’t shed but brushing and grooming are necessary. Like Schnauzers, they come in three different sizes: toy, miniature, and standard. If you have the time to give this dog adequate exercise, it could be the best choice for your home. They are active and energetic dogs and love playing fetch and ball. Because of their adaptability, they are easy to train.

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