No dog can be completely hypoallergenic because of the simple fact that every dog produces different kinds of dander which doesn’t only come from fur, as it can also be found in urine, saliva and skin. Actually, many consider dander to be “pet pollen”.
That is why the breeds on this list are well known for producing very small amounts of dander, making them a great choice for many allergy sufferers. However, every individual is different and each has different allergies. That means that if you happen to be allergic to one dog, it does not necessarily mean you will be allergic to every other dog out there. Many Designer Breeds are often marked as being completely hypoallergenic, but there is very little evidence that is the case, as the level of shedding and dander in mixed breeds is inconsistent and difficult to predict.
If you are suffering from allergies and are thinking about getting yourself a dog, then take a look at this list of the top 4 breeds that are known for their hypoallergenic effects, making them perfect for people with asthma or allergies.
This breed is often mentioned when talking about a non-shedding or hypoallergenic dog. Poodles come in 3 sizes – Miniature, Standard and Toy. Many people think poodles originated in France, but there is still much debate on that topic. Many experts believe Russia and Germany gave their contribution to making the poodle into what we know it to be today. This breed is a multifaceted breed. They are fantastic hunting dogs and retrievers, often excelling at every dog sport you can think of.
Standard poodles make nice family dogs, but all 3 sizes of this great breed are highly intelligent and capable of learning many commands. This breed is great for allergies sufferers because it has hair, not fur, making the breed non-shedding. The poodle usually requires grooming every 6-8 weeks.
2. Yorkshire Terrier
This toy breed was developed in England with a purpose of being a ratting dog. Yorkshire terriers are quite little, rarely weighing more than 7 lbs. They are low shedding, have no undercoat and their hair continues to grow until it’s cut. Many owners choose to clip their hair very short, as it keeps the amount of grooming to a minimum, which is perfect for people with allergies. It is a very intelligent breed capable of learning many commands, but they also like to bark at strangers or simply ignore them.
3. Shih Tzu
Originating from China, this breed is also called the “Chrysanthemum Dog” or the “Chinese Lion Dog”. This toy breed is friendly and compact, always enjoying the company of humans. It is important to notice that the shih tzu is very sensitive to heat and must be kept cool on hot days. The shih tzu’s coat can be grown long or simply clipped into a more manageable puppy cut. If properly kept, this breed sheds an incredibly small amount.
This Bichon type breed originates form the Island of Malta and ranges in size from 3-7 lbs. This dog is very playful, active and little, making it a good choice for urban dwellers. This breed is very prone to tear staining and they need to be cleaned on a daily basis in order to keep the eyes clean and free. The maltese love indoor games and are very active in the house. However, short walks are still needed in order to keep them completely stimulated and healthy. They don’t have any undercoat, making shedding practically nonexistent. However, grooming is required in order to keep their coats white, free of mats and clean.
Different dogs can affect different people to a greater or lesser extent, even within set breeds mentioned above, so it is also very important for the future allergy prone dog owner to find a dog and spend some time with it first, in order to see if that dog will cause some kind of a reaction. The breeds mentioned above are renowned to be a great match for allergy sufferers, due to their numerous different traits, like non-shedding coats and coats that are usually kept trimmed very short.
In the end, every dog will shed, but having a dog that hardly sheds and is groomed and bathed regularly is a great place to start for anyone suffering from allergies.