Top 10 Best Dogs For Allergy Sufferers
If you are a dog lover, it can be heartbreaking to learn that you are allergic to dogs. After all, how could something that brings you so much joy also bring you so much pain! Fortunately, you may still be able to own a dog even if you have allergies. There are many different breeds which are particularly recommended for allergy sufferers because they are “hypoallergenic”. The only challenge is finding the right dog that works for you and your allergies. In this article, you will learn the basics about hypoallergenic dog breeds and our recommendations for the top 5 best dogs for allergy sufferers. Keep your eyes glued to this page and scroll away, by the time your down you just might find the right dog for your home, no sneezing required!
About Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds
There is a great deal of controversy regarding whether any dogs are truly “hypoallergenic” or not. That’s because all dogs produce some level of dander and most breeds do have fur. That’s just unavoidable. However, it’s also true that certain breeds shed less than others and that these breeds are more compatible with individuals who suffer from allergies to dogs. It is also possible that even people with allergies can tolerate a certain type of dog. That breed is most likely to be one of the hypoallergenic breeds discussed below. Obviously, there are some people whose allergies are so severe that all dogs will be problematic. But other than those unlikely folks, hypoallergenic dogs tend to be the miracle that dog lovers with allergies are looking for!
Another important factor to consider is the size of the dog. Smaller breeds naturally produce a lesser quantity of allergens and are thus less likely to cause a reaction in allergic individuals. So, that plays an important role. Bathing a dog regularly, regardless of its breed, may help to reduce allergens. As will frequent cleaning and vacuuming of the home. There are also “allergy shots” available to reduce a person’s allergic reaction, though the efficacy of these shots is up for debate. So, there are many solutions available to help make life a little easier for allergy sufferers. The best course of action is to choose a breed that has been shown to produce fewer allergic reactions and to follow responsible cleaning practices to keep your home relatively free of dog hair and dander. It won’t be easy for allergy sufferers to live with a dog, but at least it’s not impossible. Anyone who loves dogs should be able to have one in their lives, as long as they take the right precautions.
Now, without further ado, let’s delve into our list of the best dogs for allergy sufferers. If you have an issue with allergies, these are your best options. While it’s possible to live with other dogs as long as you follow the solutions mentioned above, these are the breeds that should provide the dog time that you crave without those sneezes and itches that you loath.
The Top Ten Dogs for Allergy Sufferers
1. Poodle: The Poodle is widely recognized as one of the most intelligent dog breeds and it comes in three sizes: toy, miniature and standard. Poodles are generally an active breed that requires a lot of exercise and training. They are also very friendly and affectionate, which makes them great family pets. This breed sheds very little. That said, regular grooming and trimming is still recommended to prevent matting and to keep the coat in good condition. There are many ways to style a Poodle’s coat and the breed exhibits a variety of colors including black, brown, gray, white, silver, and more. There’s a reason why this breed is so popular. Poodles are beloved by every human that they meet, even allergy sufferers.
2. Bedlington Terrier: The Bedlington Terrier is known for its wooly coat and sheep-like appearance. These dogs have a gentle nature, making them an excellent choice for families. They can be energetic and playful with children but are typically not rambunctious, it all depends on their circumstance. This breed is often born with a dark coat that fades to a blue-gray or sandy color with age. Their fur is thicker on their legs and the top of their heads, but he generally does not shed much. Regular grooming is required to keep the coat in its proper form and to prevent matting of the curly hair. Friendly and lovable with minimal shedding?! What more could a dog lover who suffers from allergies possibly want?
3. Schnauzer: The Schnauzer is a handsome-looking breed that comes in three sizes: miniature, standard and giant. These dogs have long fur on their face, which forms a sort of beard, as well as a wiry double coat on the rest of the body. The coat of this breed sheds little and, unless you are grooming your dog for show, is fairly easy to care for. Show dogs may require hand-stripping of the coat, while the average pet owner may only need to clip the coat for the dog’s comfort. This breed is smart and cheerful, generally making a good family pet. It will melt your heart without tickling your nose, making it a strong option for anyone who wants a dog in their life, despite their allergies.
4. Bichon Frise: The Bichon Frise is a descendant of the Water Spaniel and it is known for its fluffy double coat and cheerful personality. These little dogs are typically white in color, though cream or buff shading is permitted. Bichon Frise dogs have hair that grows continuously (which is what gives it its iconic cotton ball appearance), but they do not shed significantly. Due to the continuous growing of the fur, however, regular grooming is required to prevent mats. So while there is a little extra upkeep involved, allergy sufferers should find themselves living a sneeze and sniffle free life with their Bichon Frise.
5. Maltese: The Maltese is known for its long, silky coat and large, dark eyes. These little dogs are intelligent and, despite their regal appearance, can actually be quite lively and playful. This breed is typically kept as a companion pet due to its portability and affectionate nature. They make wonderful family pets due to their immensely lovable nature. The Maltese does not shed significantly, although his long coat should be groomed often to prevent mats from forming. The good news is that long coat doesn’t let off much dander either, making them a strong choice for dog owners with allergies.
6. Affenpinscher: The Affenpinscher is yet another great option for anyone who suffers with allergies but refuse to let that stop them from having a dog in the family. These adorable little canines feature a coat that is wiry. That means that shedding is minimal and grooming is a breeze. Overall, you can expect an Affenpinscher to be easy-going, adaptable, and bold. Proper training will help ensure that your pooch will be social and friendly towards everyone that he meets. These dogs will get along well with other pets, including other dogs (especially if they are raised around other animals from puppyhood). As curious as they are stubborn, Affenpinschers are playful, smart, and confident companions. They can be loads of fun and rarely cause allergies to flare up.
7. Hairless Chinese Crested: There are actually two types of Chinese Crested pooches, one of which is the Hairless. This is a great choice for individuals with allergies because if the dog has less hair, there will be less shedding, and less risk of allergic reactions. Obvious, but true. These pups offer relief for those who have a hard time being around other dogs. Considered hypoallergenic and odorless, these adorable little dogs can be described as quiet, patient, and friendly. With proper socialization, these canines will also be comfortable around strangers. Thanks to their unique appearance, they are certainly attention-getters. So be prepared to make new friends every time that you take this little guy for a stroll.
8. Komondor: If it is a low-shedding dog that you’re after, it is worth considering the Komondor. This breed features a double coat. The undercoat is wooly, while the outercoat is curly. This means that the hair is formed really tightly, making shedding minimal (which is obviously great for allergy sufferers!). Calm, yet ready to defend when necessary, the Komondor is a protective and affectionate dog. These pooches also make great family pets, especially since they can get along with kids and have a gentle disposition. It’s hard for anyone not to fall with these remarkable little canines.
9. Irish Water Spaniel: The AKC recognizes the Irish Water Spaniel as a suitable hypoallergenic breed for anyone who suffers from allergies, so that makes it an easy addition to this list. That is thanks to its coat, which requires a brushing session only every few weeks, along with a trimming every couple of months. Sure, there’s some upkeep involved, but it’s easy enough! Plus, the curly coat of this attractive canine breed does not have an undercoat, which means there won’t be a lot of shedding at all. Socializing these pooches is key, as they can be leery of strangers. So, it’s important to start socialization early to avoid any unfortunate problems later on. Otherwise, they are described as energetic dogs that are also independent, mischievous, and enthusiastic. They can make wonderful family pets and are a loving addition to any home.
10. Basenji: The Basenji is known for cleaning himself much like a feline would, so this breed is considered one of the best for allergy sufferers. The short hair of this dog’s soft coat also won’t shed much compared to other breeds, so there will be less to clean up in your home (not to mention less dander that might otherwise trigger your allergic reactions). Overall, these dogs can be described as active, fun loving, assertive, affectionate, and devoted to their family. However, this breed might not get along well with other canines, and it might not be the best choice if you have smaller pets, as it does have a strong instinct to chase and hunt. The Basenji fits best into any family looking to make it their only pet.
Just because you suffer from allergies doesn’t mean that you have to give up all hope of becoming a dog parent. By choosing one of the breeds listed above you can reduce your likelihood of suffering an allergic reaction. It is also recommended that you bathe your dog regularly and keep your house clean of fur and dander by vacuuming and cleaning often. If you follow these tips, you should be able to enjoy keeping a dog regardless of your allergies. It might sound impossible, but it’s true! There truly is a dog out there for every home.
Kate Barrington is the loving owner of two cats (Bagel and Munchkin) and a noisy herd of guinea pigs. Having grown up with golden retrievers, Kate has a great deal of experience with dogs but labels herself a lover of all pets. Having received a Bachelor's degree in English, Kate has combined her love for pets and her passion for writing to create her own freelance writing business, specializing in the pet niche.
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