There are many people who love dogs and long for a pet, but suffer from allergies. Hypoallergenic dogs are great for allergy sufferers, because they either do not shed or shed very little, making them less likely to cause a serious reaction in owners. It is important to note, however, that there is no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic dog – the saliva and skin of a dog can still trigger an allergic event in sensitive people. It is recommended that those who suffer from pet allergies discuss their options with their doctor before choosing pet, and those people should always visit with a dog before adopting to gage any potential allergic reactions.
If someone in your home is allergic to dogs, it will be necessary to bathe your hypoallergenic pet regularly to remove dander and other irritants. Larger dogs will produce more dander than smaller breeds, and a dog that barks often will release more saliva and dander into to their. Close management of the dog's hygiene can help keep allergic reactions to a minimum.
Hypoallergenic dogs come in all shapes and sizes, so there are plenty of breeds to choose from. Whether you are looking for a large dog, small dog, a companion for a child, or a dog to accompany you on runs and hikes, there is a hypoallergenic breed that will fit the bill. Unfortunately, many dogs in shelters are mixed breeds, so there is no way to determine whether or not those pets are hypoallergenic. If you’re looking for a hypoallergenic breed, it is best to consult with a breeder or to work with a breed-specific rescue group.
If you’re interested in learning more about a hypoallergenic breed to suit your needs, visit our Hypoallergenic Breed Center to learn more about the personality, history, temperament, and health predispositions of these breed to help you select the right pet for your household.
Airedale Terriers are energetic, vigilant dogs that enjoy the company of children, which makes them ideal pets for active families. Though they are considered hypoallergenic, the coat of the Airedale Terrier requires constant attention in order to keep it under control. Airedales should have their coat stripped twice a year and weekly brushing is essential between baths.
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Basenjis are active dogs that need a lot of exercise each day to maintain good health and temperament. Though they do not bark, they do make other noises like howling, yodeling and even screaming. Basenjis are unique in that they like to groom themselves, much like a cat. They shed very little and only require baths every few months. They are excellent companions for active families with an allergy sufferer in the home.
Bedlington Terriers are active and happy dogs that enjoy the company humans of any age or size, making them versatile family pets. Bedlingtons require regular, professional grooming in order to maintain their lamb-like appearance. Though they shed very lightly, they do require brushing or combing every week in order to remove loose hair and maintain good coat quality.
Bergamascos are intelligent, athletic but docile dogs who live to please the people they love. They are terrific family pets, as they are quiet and patient with kids. Their dreadlock-like coat may intimidate allergy sufferers at first sight but they are, in fact, hypoallergenic. They do not require any brushing and only needs a few baths each year, making them a low-maintenance companion.
The Bichon is a versatile breed that loves people and can be happy in the city or the country, in an apartment or a sprawling home. Though their coat won’t aggravate allergies, Bichons do require regular grooming maintenance. Brushing several times a week comes with the territory, as do regular baths and trims, but most owners don’t mind the hours and money spent grooming their spunky pals.
These tiny terriers are quite adaptable and enjoy living with families of any size, in virtually any location. They simply want to hang out with and enjoy the company of their favorite people. The weather-resistant, hypoallergenic coat of the Border Terrier does not require frequent baths or trims, just a full stripping twice a year. They are ideal pets for first-time dog owners who suffer from allergies.
As puppies, Bouvier des Flandres can be quite a handful, but they mellow significantly as they mature. Best suited for larger homes, these dogs are patient with children and enjoy long walks with adults. Though their coat is hypoallergenic, it is also high-maintenance. Regular baths and trims are a necessity and in between, owners need to brush the coat regularly to prevent tangles and mats.
The spunky and loyal Cairn Terrier enjoys the company of people and can be happy in homes of any size or location. Though they are good with older kids, they are not well-suited for families with small children. Maintaining the hypoallergenic coat doesn’t require much upkeep. Cairns should be brushed weekly but only need baths and trims as needed, typically only a few times per year.
These happy little dogs love people and are known for “hugging” when picked up. Chinese Cresteds are adaptable and are suited for homes of any size and families of all ages. Whether hairless or puffed, they are easy-keepers in the grooming department, though they should be bathed with special shampoo to care for their sensitive skin. These lovebugs are perfect for first-time pet owners with allergies.
Schnauzers are loyal, loving companions who bring joy to the families they love. When well-trained they are patient with children and make good exercise companions for adults but should live in homes with plenty of room to run and play. Their hypoallergenic, low-shedding coat should be brushed several times per week, even if the dog receives regular trims.
The compact Havanese is a solid choice for families with children who suffer from allergies. Though they are small, they are sturdy and patient with even small kids, and they love to play and have fun, even as they mature into older adults. When the coat is clipped short, grooming is relatively low-maintenance, but regular brushing is required to prevent painful tangles in the coat.
Families looking for an active pet that can accompany them on hikes, swims, runs and bike rides will enjoy living with an Irish Water Spaniel. They are an even-tempered housemate; polite to strangers and good with kids. Though they shed very little, they require regular brushing to prevent tangles and to remove the dirt they gather from romping and rolling in the yard with children or other pets.
Experienced pet owners who commit to training and socialization will find a loyal, loving family companion in the Kerry Blue Terrier. They love people, but do require work to maintain a good temperament. The don’t shed much, but their coats require regular brushing at home in between baths and trims from an experienced groomer who understands the unique coat of the Kerry Blue breed.
The Labradoodle was one of the first “designer” breeds, developed as a service dog for people with allergies. They combine the trainability and energy of a Labrador with the hypoallergenic coat of a Poodle. Though they shed very little, they require regular brushing, as their coat is prone to mats. Professional grooming every six weeks helps maintain coat quality and texture. Labradoodles are excellent playmates for children with allergies or asthma.
Though their name means “Little Lion Dog,” Lowchens are sweet and playful, but they are also cuddlers who enjoy the laps of their favorite people. Trainable and adaptable, a Lowchen can live in any size home, in any location. Their hypoallergenic coat requires regular professional trims, but only needs to be brushed now and again in between appointments. They are a great choice for first-time dog owners with allergies.
Maltese may be tiny dogs, but they enjoy lots of vigorous play and are known for keeping up with dogs more than twice their size. They are affable and easy to train, and make excellent pets for families with older children. They should be professionally groomed every few weeks and brushed in between to help prevent tangles and remove dirt. First-time dog owners will enjoy the low-maintenance nature of the Maltese breed.
Miniature Schnauzers are smart, spunky dogs with lots of energy and a penchant for making mischief around the house. Though they will chase other pets, they aren’t aggressive, they simply enjoy the thrill. They should be groomed every six to eight weeks and brushed in between to prevent mats. Miniature Schnauzers are great family dogs and are a good choice for first-time dog owners with allergies.
Standard Poodles are versatile dogs who enjoy all types of activity. They are solid running companions, they enjoy playing with children, and they are happy to curl up in the living room for an evening with family. Poodles do not shed, but their coat needs to be brushed regularly to prevent tangles and mats from forming. Families who long for a dog but must manage allergies will find an ideal pet in a Poodle.
Portuguese Water Dogs love the attention of people and will do nearly anything to get it. Playful and silly, these active dogs require lots of exercise and space to run. Their hypoallergenic coat sheds very little, but requires regular brushing to keep tangles from forming, even if the hair is clipped short. After a swim – this breed’s favorite activity – a Portuguese Water Dog should be rinsed off to prevent skin irritation.
A person with allergies might think twice about approaching a Puli with its thick corded hair, but these sweet and playful dogs are hypoallergenic and safe for allergy sufferers. Best suited for homes with active families and plenty of room to run, Pulis are an even-tempered and enjoy having interesting things to do. Their long cords prevent the coat from shedding, but make bathing quite an ordeal. Professional bathing is recommended, as the process can be labor intensive. Prepare two full days for a Puli to fully dry after a bath.
Shih Tzus were bred as companion dogs, and they take that job very seriously. One of the best all-around breeds, they are adaptable and can be happy in any sized home with families of all ages and activity levels. They are a no-fuss housemate, but grooming requires lots of time and attention. Their hypoallergenic coat should be brushed several times a week and clipped regularly. Shih Tzus are a smart choice first-time dog owners who suffer from allergies.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers have a zest for love and a love of play. They prefer and expect to be included in every family activity, from backyard baseball to Sunday drives in the car. This breed does not have an undercoat, a feature that makes them very light shedders. They only need to be bathed as needed and brushed once or twice a week if the hair is clipped short. Homes with kids who suffer from allergies will find a vibrant and trustworthy companion in this breed.
Well-trained and properly exercised Standard Schnauzers make wonderful family pets for homes of all sizes, with kids of all ages. Schnauzers enjoy being the center of attention, especially if treats are involved. They should be groomed every six to eight weeks and brushed in between to prevent tangles. Schnauzers are a good choice for experienced dog owners who suffer from allergies.
Tibetan Terriers are not members of the Terrier group, they were simply given the name due to their size. These dogs are companions first and they love being near and around people, no matter their age or activity level. The low-shed coat of the Tibetan Terrier is easy to care for, if clipped short. If left long, daily brushing is often required. Adaptable and smart, hypoallergenic Tibetan Terriers make good pets for new dog owners.
Like their Standard Poodle cousins, Toy Poodles are smart and adaptable dogs who enjoy the company of people and like to be included in any and all family activities. They are good with children and polite to visitors and to other dogs. The hypoallergenic coat of a Toy Poodle doesn’t shed, but it does need to be brushed regularly to prevent painful mats.
Sassy, stubborn, spunky and quick with a bark, the West Highland White Terrier is a terrier through and through. They love to run, play and chase, which means they shouldn’t share a home with cats or other small pets. To keep the low-shedding coat clean and healthy, professional grooming is recommended. A short clip is often ideal for companion West Highland White Terriers.
These small dogs were bred to hunt foxes, which means they have energy and stamina to go all day – and most do. They are best suited for active families, and they enjoy playing with children. Fox Terriers can be clipped in a short haircut, which will change the texture of the hair, but most owners don’t mind. These terriers are ideal for experienced dog owners who are worried about allergies.
Loyal, trainable and watchful, Wirehaired Vizslas love the outdoors and thrive in homes with families who share that love. They are patient with children and trustworthy around visitors. They are low-maintenance when it comes to grooming. Regular brushing and dry shampoo can keep them clean and fresh, and formal baths are only required as needed. Vizslas are versatile and make good watchdogs, companions and family pets.
A Xoloitzcuintli is loyal to its people right from the start. Once bonded, Xolos prefer not to leave their owner’s side, and rarely will they run away from home. Active and fun-loving, they want to be included in all family activities. The hairless Xolo is extremely low-maintenance, requiring baths only as needed. The powder puff Xolo is also hypoallergenic, shedding very little through the year. Allergy sufferers who want a true companion dog will enjoy the Xoloitzcuintli.
Yorkshire Terriers are spunky, fearless dogs who have no idea just how tiny they are. They are very smart and can learn commands and tricks quickly. Because they have no undercoat, they shed only lightly. The hair of a Yorkie grows infinitely, and many owners choose to keep it clipped short for easier maintenance. Seniors and empty nesters are ideal companions for this attention-seeking and often high-strung breed.
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