The Best Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds For People With Allergies

The fun and joy a dog can bring to one’s life are irreplaceable. Ideally, having a four-legged friend around can even improve your health… that is, if you’re not allergic to them.

In the U.S., 10% of the population is allergic to dogs. However, this doesn’t have to prevent you from owning a canine companion!

But Are You Sure You’re Allergic To Dogs?

First, you should make sure that you are allergic to dogs. Having one allergic reaction doesn’t necessarily condemn you to a life without a furry friend. Before even looking up different hypoallergenic breeds, see a doctor and do a thorough allergy test! Worst case scenario, your doctor can prescribe medications to treat your symptoms that are far more effective than other over-the-counter options.

To understand why and how a breed can be hypoallergenic, you must also understand the cause of your allergy.

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What Causes The Allergic Reaction?

Allergic reactions are triggered by Dander, microscopic skin flakes attached to the hair dogs and other pets shed. Depending on the severity of one’s allergy, an allergy attack can occur even by touching the saliva or skin of a canine. Therefore, breeds that shed lightly or don’t shed at all, thus not triggering a nasty sneezing attack, are called hypoallergenic dog breeds. Fortunately for you, these breeds are not rare, but your options are limited. We will introduce you to a handful of breeds (both purebred and mixed-breeds) to help you choose the perfect furry friend who keeps her fur to herself.

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Let’s Find You A Hypoallergenic Dog, Shall We?

You didn’t think finding a hypoallergenic puppy would be this easy, but you’ll be surprised to see how many breeds you can choose from!

This is not an exhaustive list of hypoallergenic dog breeds, so don’t fret if you don’t find love at first sight here. It also has to be mentioned that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic. Still, unless you are extremely allergic to dogs, these four-legged goofballs listed here won’t trigger an allergic reaction.

Can I Have Purebred Hypoallergenic Dog?

Of course, you can! There are many lightly- or non-shedding breeds out there, so you can easily pick one that suits your lifestyle the best. Once you find the species you like the most, just get your puppy from a reputable breeder.

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Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound

Surprisingly enough, this fabulous, silky-looking fellow is indeed a non-shedding breed. Even though his size, the Afghan hound adapts to apartment life perfectly, is kid-compatible, and is always up for adventures.

They are generally healthy, but regular grooming and daily exercise are necessary. Training them can become challenging. Therefore you should get a puppy and teach her as soon as possible. Having her in your family is something you’ll never regret.

Schnauzer

Schnauzers can come in many shapes and sizes, and they are all hypoallergenic, so regardless of your home, you can find the perfect Schnauzer.

They are incredibly intelligent, protective, and kind to children, but training one can be a tough case, as they all have crazy energy.

Standard and Giant Schnauzers are very healthy. However, the Miniature Schnauzer is prone to health conditions such as Cataracts, Entropion, PRA, Urinary Stones, Myotonia Congenita, etc. I’m not discouraging you from buying a Miniature size, but you should read about these conditions before purchasing a puppy.

Poodle

Poodle

The only hypoallergenic breed that is more popular than the Schnauzer. As a seasoned Poodle owner, I can wholeheartedly report that this is a breed you cannot go wrong with. They can be found in all sizes and colors, plus they will be absolutely fine in your apartment. They are not exactly the go-to family dog (that title belongs to the good ol’ Golden Retriever), but they are historically perfect for families and are very good with kids.

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A Poodle is intelligent, one of the most intelligent breeds out there. This makes training them a walk in the park so that your well-mannered, calm canine may put all the others to shame when you take her out to the park. I might be biased, but there is hardly a better choice for someone with allergies. Just make sure that you buy your Poodle from a responsible breeder, not a puppy mill.

American Hairless Terrier

American Hairless Terrier

Here comes one for the lovers of terriers! It’s easy to guess how hypoallergenic they actually… a lot. No fur, no shedding; thus, the American Hairless is the only Terrier available for people with allergies.

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They possess the traditional Terrier attitude; curiosity and mischief are coded in their DNA. Although they have a moderate need for exercise, they are quite out of their element in the apartment, but if you can manage to take them outside several times a day, that will be fine.

Grooming them keeps their ears clean, but sunburns prove to be a real hazard. Training is a piece of cake, as they are very intelligent and attentive. They will become a well-mannered but playful and ever so lovable member of your family with enough effort.

Are There Any Hybrid Breeds, That I’m Not Allergic To?

Covering all the hypoallergenic purebred breeds would make a much longer read, so to give you a full perspective, let me skip ahead and show you a few adorable designer dog breeds. There is quite a controversy around purposefully mixed-breeds, a.k.a designer dog breeds, but for sure, these breeds inherit the good attributes healthwise from both sides. Let’s look at a few of these breeds with all this said, shall we?

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Cockapoo

Cockapoo

This adorable little guy was one of the first designer dog breeds, resulting from crossing a Poodle and a Cocker Spaniel. Thanks to the Poodle genes in her, the Cockapoo is a non-shedding breed, making it a lovely canine companion that doesn’t give allergy attacks to her human companion.

They are a great choice for families, and training them is as easy as it gets; however, early socialization is incredibly important. These attention-seeking fluffs always require positive reinforcement. Otherwise, they can develop separation anxiety.

Goldendoodle

Goldendoodle
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It is no overstatement that this is the most popular breed of designer dog breeds. This, again, is a half Poodle breed (in fact, the majority of designer dogs today are half Poodle), possessing the Poodles’ short, curly, non-shedding fur, making them hypoallergenic.

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They are among the few designer breeds that are larger, growing as tall as 2 feet and weighing 50-90 pounds. And trust me, you’re going to want one of these 90 pounds of pure love in your family, as they are naturally great with kids, given they are a mix of two family-friendly breeds. On top of this, they are intelligent, playful, and easy to train.

Conclusion

I think at this, you’ve already concluded. Your allergy does not deter you from having a loyal furry friend in your life; it only narrows your choices. Still, amazing little pups are looking for a loving home! (If you make a good decision, you reduce the dogs ending up in a shelter).