So you want a dog but seem to have an allergy attack every time you have one? You’re not alone! According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, up to 10% of the population in the United States is allergic to dogs, which leads many potential owners to wonder: Which dogs are hypoallergenic? While no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, it is possible to find less allergenic dog breeds that are more suitable for people with allergies. These dogs have a predictable, shedding free coat that produces less dander. Dander, which clings to animal hair, is the cause of most animal allergies in humans. Although hypoallergenic dogs do really exist, many breeds allow you to enjoy the company of a dog, even if you have allergies.
There are also ways to prepare your home to avoid allergens when you have a dog. Make sure to wash your pet’s bed often, track their grooming, and don’t let them sleep on your bed. It is also helpful to remove heavy rugs and curtains that can trap dander. Pet hair vacuums and pet air purifiers also help remove allergens, and some can even clean your dog’s hair and dander.
Best breeds for people with allergies
Afghan Hounds are known to be aloof and dignified. They need regular exercise and care. They should be bathed and brushed twice a week.
American hairless terrier
The American Hairless Terrier is a lively, friendly, and intelligent companion. The breed does well with children and is also suitable for city dwellers due to their minimal exercise requirements – regular walks and playtime indoors will do. They also need regular bathing and nail trimming.
The soft and adorable Bedlington Terrier is known for its woolly, curly coat that resembles that of a lamb. The breed does not need strenuous exercise – regular play times and daily walks will do.
The Bichon Frize is a naturally gentle, cheerful, playful dog who enjoys activity. Bichon hair grows continuously and does not fall out, so regular grooming is important to avoid mats.
The Chinese Crested is an alert, playful dog that thrives on human company. They are small and do well in families with gentle children. The ridges shed little or no hair.
The Coton de Tulear is a strong, happy, eager to please and faithful little dog. The breed gets along well with other dogs and children. Their long coat requires daily grooming.
The Giant Schnauzer is intelligent and can be territorial, feeling naturally protective of his family. The breed needs a lot of exercise and enjoys having a job to do. They require regular grooming.
Irish Water Spaniel
This strong and intelligent breed is the clown of the spaniel family. Irish Water Spaniels are active and energetic and need daily exercise. Their water-repellent double layer requires brushing every few weeks.
Kerry Blue Terrier
The Kerry Blue Terrier is energetic and fun loving. The breed enjoys being part of an active family that can exercise on a daily basis. Their coats need regular brushing and trimming.
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a happy dog ââwith a lot of energy, which needs a lot of activity. They are affectionate and devoted to their owners. Their thick, curly coat is similar to that of a poodle. They require regular trimming and brushing to avoid carpet.
Although small, the Maltese is known to be courageous, playful and fearless. They have long silky white hair that needs to be brushed daily to avoid pigtails.
The Miniature Schnauzer has a natural protective nature that makes them an excellent watchdog. The breed is intelligent and cheerful, and adapts well to different living environments. Their double coat requires mowing.
Peruvian Inca Orchid (hairless)
The Peruvian Inca orchid can be hairless or coated – the hairless variety is suitable for allergy sufferers. They are also available in three different sizes, small, medium and large. The breed is loyal and protective of its family. They also have a lot of energy and need regular activity. They have minimal grooming needs.
The poodle comes in three sizes: standard, miniature, and toy. The breed is exceptionally intelligent and active, requiring daily exercise. Their trademark coat requires regular professional grooming.
Portuguese water dog
An athletic breed, the Portuguese Water Dog requires vigorous daily exercise and would do best with a very active family. People with disabilities are smart and loyal workers. Their waterproof coat requires regular maintenance.
Soft-haired Wheaten Terrier
This happy dog ââis active and needs a lot of exercise on a daily basis. The breed adapts well to city, country or suburban life and does well with children. They have a silky, soft coat that requires regular grooming to avoid mats.
Spanish water dog
The Spanish Water Dog is a lively and hard-working dog with natural protective instincts. They are a high energy breed that do best with an active family. They require little grooming for their curly, woolly coat. No brushing is necessary, but at least once a year they should be shaved.
The Standard Schnauzer is a sociable and affectionate breed that loves children. They are athletic dogs who need daily exercise. The hair on their beards and legs should be brushed often to avoid rugs.
The Xoloitzcuintli is available in three sizes: toy, miniature and standard. They also come in two varieties – hairless and coated. The hairless has smooth, hard, protective skin, and the hairy has a short, flat coat. They are calm, quiet and attentive, and can also be distant. They have moderate exercise and grooming needs.