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Readers Respond: Best Dog Breeds for People With Allergies

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From the article: Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds
Dog lovers that suffer from allergies often struggle with a dilemma - get a dog and be sick, or sacrifice the companionship of a canine. Fortunately, there are some dog breeds that are considered hypoallergenic, or low-allergen. Depending on the type of allergy, these low-shedding dogs might offer a compromise. All dogs shed dander, but low-shedding dogs will leave less allergen in the environment. Routine grooming can also minimize the dander.

Do you or people you know suffer from allergies to dogs but decided to get one anyway? Tell us about the breed or type of dog and how it worked out.


I have a little yorkiepoo, which is a mix between a yorkie and a miniature poodle. I don't have animal allergies myself, but my sister does, and when I stayed with her for a few months, it worked out because I was able to bring my dog along. What's interesting about yorkiepoos is that they have "hair," not what would be considered to be "fur," so I guess that's where the hypoallergenic part comes from.
—Guest Lyns


We got a Tibetan Terrier. She was a great dog. Loving and loyal. They do tend to pick out one person in the family that is theirs. They also require grooming(haircuts).
—Guest yoldave

Lhasa Apso

Our Lhasa apso has been great so far and hasn't made me feel ill like other dogs. Plus, he's so smart, considerate, and fun.
—Guest Jen

Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are #1

I am a long time allergy sufferer. 9 years ago we got our first SCWT and now we have 2! They are medium sized, dont shed, love people, and are smart and fun loving. I would recommend one (or two) to any allergy sufferer! SCWT Rescue is another way to go since they can be pricey.
—Guest Karen

American Eskimo dog

In our experience the American Eskimo dog causes no flare ups of allergies. My allergy ridden friends can be around, can even pet without an attack. If you are allergic but love dogs, consider this dog breed. The Eskies produce little to no dander and no skin oil. People with allergies to dog dander are fine even though with close contact. Plus there are no oils which attract dust and dirt another source for allergy flare ups and dirty spots where puppys sleep and rub there bodies.
—Guest Jennifer Kem

hypoallergenic cairland terrier

I suffer with severe athsma & eczema brought on by animal allergies. My cairn/westie does not bother me at all. I even find that I can tolerate my mums boxer for longer now too. He is also a sweetheart and is brilliant with my kids.
—Guest Mel


Westies are great dogs for people who have allergies, I've had four and have never had any problem. Besides, they are smart, fun and very loyal. There isn't a shedding problem - West Highland Whites are a wonderful breed.
—Guest Louise

Labradoodle - be careful when choosing

I have read a couple of responses stating the labradoodles are 100% hypoallergenic but please be careful when choosing which type! There are different coat types and different breeds and some are far more hypoallergenic than others. I just wanted to make people aware because we recently got a beautiful chocolate brown F1 labradoodle and my Son developed an rather bad eczema stype reaction to the dander in the coat. It was a fleece type coat as apposed to the wavey type which was not as good for allergy sufferers but that wasn't an issue for us at the time so we picked the puppy who bonded with our Son most on the day. We made a heartbreaking decision to return our adorable family member as despite extra bathing and brushing etc the rash was only getting worse. Please be careful when making your choice as we are all devastated at our loss and were heartbroken to put the puppy himself through another change of home in his such short life. Look at F2, F3 and F4 types with wavy coats!
—Guest Upset

greyhound stole my heart, and my sneezes

I and most of my immediate family have allergy induced asthma. For years we searched for a dog that we could own without having any problems, but even being around the supposed hypo-allergenic dogs would cause symptoms to flare up. Then a week before Christmas we adopted Millie, a retired racing greyhound. We had absolutely no flare ups around her. No sneezing, no puffy eyes, no difficulty breathing, nothing. That was eight years ago. we recently added another grey to our family (this one with a little longer hair) and still have no problems. as a matter of fact, after we got Millie, our allergy to dogs improved! We can now be around all types of short-haired dogs for hours and be symptom free! Millie and her brother have truly been a blessing, both to our heart and to our nose! I would definitely suggest looking into a greyhound.
—Guest metalhead777

Bichon Frise

We were recommended the Coton de Tulear, but we did not have the $1,000 it took to by one from a reputable breeder. Our second choice was the Bichon Frise and he has done great for my mom... not once in 12 years has she had one of her deadly asthma attacks!

Great and cute puppy!

My best friend is allergic to highly shedding dogs and she decided to get a Soft-coated Wheaton Terrier and their companionship is amazing
—Guest Anonymus


My son has asthma due to allergies. He never has trouble around our Samoyed. He even has one of his own now.

Coton de Tulear

I think the Coton de Tulear is a great choice for allergy sufferers. While no breed is totally hypoallergenic, this breed is known to cause less severe allergic reactions and in some cases, no reaction at all. In addition to being hypoallergenic and non-shedding, they are just pure love and affection. They are smart, cute, gentle, and make great family pets.

Lifelong Allergy Sufferer & Dog Lover

I've been allergic to dogs (and myriad other things) since childhood, but have always had a dog. Boxer, Border Collie, Springer Spaniel and all have caused some degree of reaction. However, the love of the dog has outweighed the discomfort and suffering. Now, I have two allergic children. Regular baths, vacuuming and cleaning of bedding combined with keeping the dog out of the bedrooms has been a big help. We're now looking at Poodle mixes for a future dog. Havanese made me sneeze, Schnauzers made me itch, Boston Terriers gave me hives. Hopefully, we can find one that will work for all of us. Fingers crossed because I just don't think we can live without a dog.
—Guest TBK


I get asthma and rash when I start messing with a dog since I was young. I've had a poodle for 5 years now, no problems at all! They're extremely intelligent, too.
—Guest Gigi
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