Just because you are allergic to dogs doesn’t mean that you have to live your life without one by your side. That’s right; it turns out that there are dog breeds that won’t set off your allergies. At last, a four-legged friend could be joining your family.
The type of allergy you have can have a significant influence on the breed of dog that you welcome into your house. Labradoodles are fluffy, so they’d be awful for allergies, right? Wrong – sometimes. Their coat is more like wool, so they don’t pick up pollen or other allergens as easily as other dogs.
A fluffy dog that’s hypoallergenic? Is there such a thing? Apparently so. Samoyeds have a thick coat that sheds a lot, but all of that hair means the flakes of skin never go airborne. It’s these flakes that usually cause an allergic reaction. Just remember their hair might collect other allergens, such as pollen.
Yorkshire terriers don’t produce a lot of dander. This is flecks of skin shed by dogs and other animals that can cause some major allergic reactions in people. However, Yorkshire terriers need a lot of brushing to make sure their hair doesn’t get knotted or matted.
Poodles come in all sizes and colors, meaning it’s likely there’s a dog out there for everyone. They can be great family dogs and perfect for people with allergies as they don’t shed their hair. You just need to groom them regularly to make sure they don’t get a build-up of hair.
Irish water spaniel
These spaniels stand out from their cousins thanks to their curly mop of hair on their head and bald tail. Their unusual coat means they don’t shed very much, making them a great hypoallergenic choice. Fun fact: they are also water-repellent.
They’re small, they’re cute, and they’re hypoallergenic. What’s not to love? A Bichon Frise’s coat continues to grow, but it doesn’t shed. This means you just need to book them in for regular grooming sessions, but you can enjoy a lap dog as a result. Perfect.
Shih Tzus grow hair rather than fur, meaning they are another excellent option for a dog that won’t set off your allergies. They might be small, but these dogs can quickly become a huge part of our lives. Just be sure to get them groomed pretty regularly to keep their coats nice and healthy.
Chinese crested dog
While their hairless bodies might make them stand out from other breeds, this also makes the Chinese crested dog a great choice for people with allergies. The lack of hair means this breed rarely sheds, and they don’t have much of a smell. Your new dog just needs regular baths to keep their skin healthy.
For many years, we thought that having allergies was the end of the road for owning a dog. Thankfully, it turns out there are dog breeds that won’t set off your allergies after all. What are we waiting for?