If you have severe dog allergies, and you also love dogs, you probably think there’s nothing that can be done. You couldn’t be any more wrong. Did you know that there are hypoallergenic dog breeds? If you’ve always had a terrible allergy attack around a dog, you might not think it’s possible. But, what you probably don’t know is that there are some breeds that are hypoallergenic.
About 10% of the U.S. population has a dog allergy, and while no dog is completely hypoallergenic, there are some breeds that allergy sufferers do fine with. Hypoallergenic dogs typically have a predictable coat that doesn’t shed. A coat like that produces less dander. Dander is attached to pet hair, and it is what causes pet allergies in people.
#1. Italian Greyhound
This is thought to be one of the easiest breeds to groom. It just needs a rubdown and a bath occasionally. They shed little or no hair.
#2. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Even though the Wheaten Terrier does have serious grooming needs, when the needs are met, they shed hardly at all and are great for an allergy-prone home.
#3. American Hairless Terrier
The American Hairless Terrier is an energetic, charming, friendly, and intelligent companion breed. It does well with kids and is great for people who live in cities because of their minimal exercise requirements – routine walks and indoor playtime is fine. They do need scheduled bathing and nail trimming, though.
#4. Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise is a happy, playful, and gentle little dog that loves exercise, games, and activity. It’s hair continually doesn’t shed, so it requires scheduled grooming to prevent mats.
#5. Chinese Crested
The Chinese Crested is an energetic, playful pooch that enjoys human friendship. They are tiny and do well in large families with gentle children. They shed little or no hair.
#6. Irish Water Spaniel
This strong, smart breed is active, energetic, and lively. It requires a lot of exercise. Their water-repellent coat needs brushing twice monthly.
#7. Miniature Schnauzer
The Miniature Schnauzer is an excellent watchdog. It is intelligent and cheerful, and it does well in a number of different living environments. They have a double coat that requires clipping.
The Poodle comes in three different sizes – Standard, Miniature, and Toy. It doesn’t matter which one you get. The breed is very smart and active, and it requires daily exercise. You’ll need to have it professionally groomed regularly.
#9. Spanish Water Dog
The Spanish Water Dog is a very energetic, hardworking dog that is highly protectively. They do well with an active family. They don’t require much grooming or brushing, but they should be shaved at least once a year.
The Xoloitzcuintli has a hairless variety. The hairless has a tough, smooth, protective skin and a float, short coat.
There you have it! We’ve listed the top ten best breeds for allergy sufferers. We’ve tried to get all types of dogs on the list. They are small, big, lively, calm, and smart dogs.