Hypoallergenic dog breeds can be a great option for some dog lovers who suffer from allergies. No dog is 100% non-allergenic, but some dogs are basically "low-allergy." Though they shed little to no hair and less dander than typical dogs, all dogs will shed some dander - even hairless dogs. Generally, dogs without hair or with continuously growing hair tend to be the most hypoallergenic dogs. However, some of these dogs will need to be kept on a strict grooming schedule. Please note that some people are actually allergic to dog saliva. Unfortunately, there are no specific breeds with hypoallergenic saliva.
People with very severe allergies may still not be able to tolerate hypoallergenic dogs. If you are allergic but love dogs, consider some of these hypoallergenic dog breeds. If you decide one might be right for you, spend some time around the breed to see if you have an allergic reaction before you decide to get one of your own. Also know that each dog, regardless of breed, can affect each individual allergy sufferer differently. If you have allergies, you might even find a certain mutt that does not affect you adversely.
Potentially Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds
- Bedlington Terrier
- Bichon Frise
- Border Terrier
- Chinese Crested
- Coton de Tulear
- Irish Water Spaniel
- Kerry Blue Terrier
- Portuguese Water Dog
- Shih Tzu
- Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
- Yorkshire Terrier
Hybrid Dogs and Mixed Breed Dogs
Hybrid dogs are the result of controlled cross-breeding. Dogs such as Labradoodles and Goldendoodles are crossed with Poodles and tend to take on their hypoallergenic qualities. Dogs that are mixed with known hypoallergenic breeds can sometimes be considered low-allergy, but one never knows the true makeup of a mutt. If you suffer from allergies, but find a mixed-breed dog that you think might be hypoallergenic, try spending some time with the dog to see how you react.
Managing Your Allergies
Depending on the severity of your allergies, you may still be able to live happily with dogs. The key is to minimize the amount of allergens in your home. Vacuum your rugs and upholstery frequently and wash your curtains and drapes often. Consider using some type of air purifier. You can also talk to your physician about medical therapies.