As a supplier of pet-related products, we often get asked at Pickle & Polly about the best hypoallergenic dog breeds. You want a dog, but just being in the same room where one has been sends you into a sneezing fit or makes your eyes itchy and watery.
You are not the first dog enthusiast whose body turns against you every time a dog is near, because almost 10% of the U.S. population suffers the same fate. Unfortunately,no dogs are fully hypoallergenic, but there are some breeds that are very close that are more suited to living with people who are sensitive to pet fur and dander. Check out this list of hypoallergenic dog breeds (or close to it) and maybe you will find your next best friend!
The poodle is a versatile, highly intelligent breed, and you can even pick the size of dog you prefer because it comes in standard, miniature, and toy sizes. Poodles shed very little, and their tight curly hair hangs on to the dead hair and dander, so it won't get up your nose or in your eyes. Keep their coats short to avoid matting.
The American Hairless Terrier
American Hairless Terriers are tiny bundles of energy that do well in small apartments and get on great with children. They don't require much exercise but do need company and lots of playtime. Having no fur means you need to be mindful of sunburn. They are available as a coated variety, but it’s an extremely short coat that rarely sheds, so it might be worth considering.
Bichons rarely shed, but when they do, the dead hairs remain trapped in the undercoat. They are lively, friendly dogs that get on well with everybody. They will need regular brushing and grooming.
Irish Water Spaniel
The Irish Water Spaniel is a large, active breed that needs a lot of exercise and walks and loves water. If you live by a river or the beach, this is the dog for you. Shedding is seasonal but does require regular trimming and brushing.
The short coat of the Basenji won't give your allergies much trouble, and the breed is known for not creating the typical doggy smell, meaning you won't have to bathe them as much. They are such quiet dogs that they have been given the nickname "barkless dog" which might suit some dog owners.
The long, silky coats belie the hypoallergenic nature of the Afghan hound, but this breed is an infrequent shedder. Of course, the extra-long tresses mean regular bathing and grooming are essential, but it shouldn't give your allergies too many excuses to flare up. The unique coat gives the Afghan a posh, standoffish appearance, and the breed is notoriously difficult to train. Some say that Afghans are akin to cats in a dog's body, but they do have a playful, energetic side.
The Bedlington Terrier's tight curly locks give it the appearance of a sheep, albeit an energetic one that craves constant attention. Not only does their coat make them instantly recognizable, but they also never shed, making them the perfect pet for allergy sufferers. The coat grows quickly, though, and will need regular grooming.
The Miniature Schnauzer
The Miniature Schnauzer makes a great guard dog, or early warning system if we're being honest. Its tiny frame isn't much of a threat, but it does have an impressive double coat that some owners like to show off with extravagant dos. Fortunately for allergy sufferers, the coat rarely sheds. They are clever, happy-go-lucky dogs that will adapt to a variety of living conditions.
Whichever “hypoallergenic” furry pal you choose, be sure to head on over to Pickle & Polly for your pet product needs!
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