It’s easy to fall in love with dogs of all shapes and sizes, from pint-sized Pugs to graceful Great Danes – but dog-lovers who struggle with allergies may also be on the look-out for a pooch that won’t aggravate their symptoms.
What are hypoallergenic dogs?
Hypoallergenic dog breeds are dogs that don’t shed their coat, meaning there is less dog hair and dander in the air.
Is there such a thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog?
No dog breed is completely hypoallergenic or non-shedding. What’s more, the exact causes of each person’s allergies can vary, from dog saliva to dander. If you are sensitive to pets, you may still have a reaction. However, there are some breeds that shed their coat less than others.
Remember – if allergies are a concern for you, you should always consult a medical professional before getting a dog.
You should also spend plenty of time with the dog you are hoping to adopt before you bring them home – it’s vital to ensure you make the most responsible choice, even if that means being unable to share your home with a dog.
What dog breed is best for allergy sufferers?
There are several dog breeds that may be more allergy-friendly. Which type of dog is right for you will depend on many other factors including; size, temperament, whether they are child-friendly or happy to live with other pets you may have, the amount of exercise they need and more. Always make sure you thoroughly research any pet you are considering adopting.
- Bichon Frise
With soft white corkscrew curls, these energetic, fluffy bundles of joy are small in size and big in personality. They don’t shed as frequently as other breeds, with their curly coat catching the shorter undercoat as it moults.
These active, friendly toy pooches originate in Malta where they became lapdogs to the nobility at court – whether their silky coat is kept short or long, they need regular brushing to keep matts at bay.
- Poodle (Standard, Miniature or Toy)
When it comes to hypoallergenic dogs, poodles are a popular choice – from larger Standard Poodles to smaller Miniature and Toy breeds. These intelligent, water-loving dogs have signature tight curls with require plenty of grooming but don’t shed.
- Portuguese Water Dog
Originally a companion to Portuguese fishermen, these boisterous, medium-sized dogs need plenty of exercise including swimming. As with all dogs that don’t shed, brush regularly to prevent tangling.
With a history as a sheepdog, this ancient breed is hard-working and protective. Standard, Miniature and Giant Schnauzers are all alert, intelligent and can be vocal – they don’t drop their coat but require regular brushing to remain matt-free.