With dog allergies so common nowadays, hypoallergenic dogs have become a thing recently. They either shed too little or not at all, making them less likely to cause any reaction to its owners. Keep in mind, however, that a completely hypoallergenic dog doesn’t exist because either their saliva or skin can stimulate an allergic reaction to hypersensitive individuals. Thus, we recommend that you discuss your options with your doctors before choosing a pet.
If a family member is allergic to dogs, it may be necessary to perform a dog bath regularly to remove any allergens like dander and other irritants. Note that larger dogs are likely to produce more dander than smaller breeds, and a dog that barks frequently releases more saliva and dander to the air. Keeping the dog hygienic at all times is important to keep allergies to a minimum.
Thankfully, there are many types of hypoallergenic dogs to choose from; and they come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re looking for a small or large dog, a companion for your kids, or a dog to accompany you while you exercise, a hypoallergenic dog will definitely suit you. So here’s a list of hypoallergenic dogs you might want to consider.
The first thing that comes to our minds when we hear “hypoallergenic dog” is that it has short hair. Well, that isn’t entirely true. Tibetan terriers are proof that long-haired dogs can be hypoallergenic. While they shed minimally, they would still require regular visits to the groomer.
Maltese terriers were believed to be related to Tibetan terriers; however, their exact origin isn’t known. History tells us that this breed is a Roman Ladies’ Dog and were said to be used to catch rodents in ancient times. Maltese terriers are popularly known for their gorgeous white silky coats. The good thing about this breed is that you won’t find them shedding on your clothes or furniture. This playful dog is also a very loving companion.
Shih Tzu is Chinese for lion dog. This old dog was bred to look like lions as depicted in ancient oriental art. This breed is loyal and friendly, as well as hypoallergenic. Like Maltese terriers, they do not shed. Their hair only falls out when broken or brushed.
Poodle (Miniature, Standard, and Toy)
Poodles are among the most popular dogs worldwide. They come in three different sizes: miniature, standard, and toy. These intelligent and responsive dogs are also considered to be hypoallergenic because they don’t shed very much. They are also known to be odorless.
The term “Bichon Frise” means Curly Lap Dog in French. This social and independent dog is among the breads that are easy to train. They have hypoallergenic coat that is usually trimmed for easy maintenance. Because of their love for water, Bichon Frise was known to be a sailor’s companion.
Havanese dogs were bred fir Cuban aristocrats. They are branded as “velcro dogs” primarily because of their clinginess to their owners. They are spirited and friendly, making them an excellent pet for families that have children. They very social and are known for being lively.
The Scottish terrier is a popular dog breed that you often see on TV and board games. One of their most iconic appearances is that of a Monopoly token. This loyal companion is independent and is known to be territorial. Their low-shed, hypoallergenic coat only requires minimal pet grooming.
Cairn terriers are a happy breed that originated in Scotland. Their coats change in color over the years. They are originally used to hunt vermin in stone piles. Today, they are popular companion pets. Their wire coat, although dense, is hypoallergenic and is known to repel water.
Border terriers are known to have strong instincts to hunt anything that run. Thus, if you own guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, and other rodents as pets, you might want to consider buying another breed. While they are originally bred to hunt rodents and foxes, this smart dog is great pet for the family. Its hypoallergenic coat sheds a little and they only require brushing at least once a week.
Yorkshire terrier are said to be bred by North Englishmen to hunt rats in clothing and wood mills. These spunky and adventurous pets often don’t consider themselves small and they can be quite willful. They are also considered to be hypoallergenic because they shed minimally. Yorkies make for a loyal and devoted companion pets.
Bouvier Des Flandres
Bouvier des Flandres is another term for “cow-herder of Flandres”. It is said to be bred from three different dog breeds, and was bred for herding and other general farming duties. They have taken on many roles over the years; guard dog, police dog, and a family pet. Bouviers are hardworking, gentle, and loyal. While they are known to be hypoallergenic dogs, its coat is actually high maintenance.
Chinese crested (although “Chinese”) actually originated in Africa. They were named as such after Chinese traders let the dogs board their ship to hunt vermin. It comes with two varieties, hairless and Powder puff – both of which are hypoallergenic.
West Highland White Terrier
The West Highland White Terrier is originally a crossbreed between the Cairn and Scottish terriers. Also known as Westie, this dog breed is friendly and active and it comes with a double coat. Being loyal to their owners, they make for a great watch dog. While they shed some hair from time to time, they are actually considered as hypoallergenic.
Schnauzer (Standard or Miniature)
Schnauzers are fun and smart dogs, no matter what their size is. They are excellent watch dogs, guard dogs, as well as vermin hunters. They are very popular because of their loyalty and hypoallergenic coat.
These are just some of the dogs you can choose from if you or anyone in your family has fog allergies. There are still a lot out there. While no dog is truly hypoallergenic, these dogs listed above are known to be better for those who have allergies.