If you have allergies and want to adopt a dog, you should choose a breed that is called “hypoallergenic.” We’ve chosen ten for you.
The claim that a dog is “hypoallergenic” is not supported by science.
In fact, there is no dog that is 100% hypoallergenic. But because of how they are made, some breeds produce fewer allergenic agents, so they are by definition less allergenic.
Even though these breeds won’t completely protect you from allergic reactions, their hair, dead skin cells, and saliva will cause you much less trouble. This means that your allergic reactions won’t be as bad.
Find out more about each breed in our list of the top 10 hypoallergenic dogs below.
The Poodle is a lively, smart dog that is known for being elegant. The poodle doesn’t lose many hairs or dead cells because of its thick, curly coat. So, it leaves very few things that cause allergies. This is a good thing for people who are allergic to dog hair. Another good thing about this breed is that it doesn’t shed its hair during the different seasons. On the other hand, all poodle owners know that their silky coat needs to be taken care of by going to the groomer several times a year.
Kerry Blue Terrier
The Kerry Blue Terrier is a dog that gets along well with other people and is very loyal to its owner. It is very friendly and great for people with allergies because its coat doesn’t shed hair. This makes you less likely to be exposed to the allergens that make you feel bad. His coat still requires regular baths.
Chinese Crested Dog
This dog is good for people who get very bad allergic reactions. In fact, this breed has almost no hair, which makes it much safer for people who are allergic to dog hair. On the other hand, because of this trait, the dog is more likely to get hurt by things like rain, wind, and cold. Because of this, it is important to protect it from these things.
This dog is a great pet and can easily live to be 15 years old. He is friendly, loving, full of energy, and very smart. It’s a good choice for people with allergies because its skin doesn’t produce many dead cells. It doesn’t make much saliva (the saliva of dogs can also contain allergens responsible for triggering allergies in dogs). But its fur needs a lot of care, like brushing almost every day and going to the groomer several times a year.
Labradoodle (cross between Poodle and Labrador-Retriever )
This dog is very popular. It is a cross between a Labrador and a Poodle. In the 1980s, a blind person who was allergic to dog hair asked for it to be made just for them. This person wanted a service dog that wasn’t going to bother their allergies. This is how breeders tried to answer his request, as well as the requests of many other people in his situation, no doubt. Then, they crossed a Labrador, known for being a good helper, with a Poodle (a hypoallergenic breed—see above). So, the Labradoodle was born, and it is perfect for people with allergies because of this.
People say that the Schnauzer is a strong and very active dog. His rough coat is interesting because he doesn’t shed much and doesn’t lose much hair. It’s perfect for those who have allergies. But make sure to take care of this valuable hair by brushing it once a week. He will give it to you in a good way.
Soft-haired Irish Terrier
The soft-haired Irish terrier is a happy, active dog with soft fur. But what makes it interesting is that it doesn’t have an undercoat and has a wavy coat. Because of this, it doesn’t lose many hairs, and the softness of its coat keeps it from getting tangled. Things that will keep you safe from canine allergies He will only ask you (or not) to brush his hair every two weeks to keep it in great shape.
Portuguese Water Dog
This water dog can swim very well. But that isn’t what makes it popular anymore. In fact, Barack Obama brought attention to the fact that it doesn’t bother people with allergies. When he was in the White House, he was looking for a breed that didn’t cause allergies because one of his daughters had them. When Bo, a Portuguese water dog, was adopted in 2009, it gave the breed an unexpected boost in popularity outside of its home country (Portugal). People who are allergic to dogs know this breed very well because of this.
The Bichon frisé used to be called the Bichon de Tenerife. It has a fine, silky, and soft coat, but its main physical trait is that it has a little corkscrew. It’s a good thing that it doesn’t lose much hair, which makes it a “hypoallergenic” dog. Be careful. This hair needs to be brushed often and washed several times a year to keep it from getting knots.
The Shih-Tzu is a cute dog that is very playful and has a lot of energy. Even though he is often singled out for not listening, this is because he is a dog who only learns by having fun. It is a good dog for people with allergies because it doesn’t shed. It doesn’t shed much dead skin, so it is great for people with allergies.