For many allergy sufferers, a sneeze is just the start when they’re around a dog. The presence of a canine can also trigger coughing, wheezing, itchy eyes, and a stuffy nose.
If this sounds like you, the idea of adding a dog to your family may seem impossible — but it doesn’t have to be!
Certain dogs are bred specifically for their non-shedding coat, which produces less dander, the most common culprit behind dog allergies. These breeds are called hypoallergenic, and while no dog is 100% guaranteed to be allergy-free, they have allowed many allergy sufferers to bring the joy of a pup into their lives.
Here are the 10 of the most popular hypoallergenic dog breeds.
- Bedlington terrier
If you always wanted a little lamb like Mary’s, the Bedlington terrier might be the next best thing. Gentle and affectionate, their white, wooly coat doesn’t shed.
- Bichon Frise
These pups are known for being upbeat and easy to train, but many allergy sufferers may overlook them because of that poofy hair. Don’t be fooled! Bichon Frises don’t shed, though they do require regular grooming since their hair continually grows.
Whether in standard, giant, or miniature size, the schnauzer can be a good pick for allergy sufferers. These social pups don’t shed, though they do need their hair regularly brushed in order to prevent matting.
This intelligent and active breed also comes in three sizes: standard, miniature, and toy. Their coat is hypoallergenic, but also requires regular professional grooming to upkeep.
- Yorkshire terrier
This little guy is perfect for apartment dwellers, since they don’t have high exercise needs (but, of course, still need their daily walks!). The breed doesn’t shed, but does require regular grooming to care for those long locks.
- Italian greyhound
With such a thin coat, it’s no surprise that this playful fellow sheds little to no fur. But be aware that its coat also makes it more sensitive to cold temperatures. Keep him bundled during the winter months to keep him safe.
- Chinese crested
The Chinese crested dog can be hairless or powder puff, but both varieties are considered hypoallergenic. These small pups are known for being family-friendly… and often a little odd-looking.
Fearless and small, the Maltese have long, silky white locks that require daily brushing. This breed is a good match for allergy sufferers looking for a lap dog.
- Portuguese water dog
This breed entered the limelight when Portuguese water dog Bo was adopted by the first family, but even if you don’t live at the White House, this hypoallergenic dog might be a good fit if you can provide rigorous daily exercise.
- Wheaten terrier
This active breed has a silky, soft coat that requires daily grooming to prevent matting. If you’re up to the task, you’ll find an active and family-friendly companion in the wheaten terrier.
Do you own a hypoallergenic breed? How do your allergies fare? Share your experience in the comments.