Which Dog Breeds Are Hypoallergenic?

  • 19/08/2016

If you’re somebody who suffers from allergies, you may think that it’s impossible for you to live with a dog in your home. However, even the most allergy-prone sufferers can still own a pet with minimal symptoms.

This can be done by finding a dog breed that has minimal shedding and an allergy-friendly coat.

Westley Pearson from Animal Friends Insurance shares some of the most popular dog breeds for allergy suffers, and how they can fit into your daily lifestyle.

What Causes Dog Allergies?

The saliva, skin and other proteins that dogs create are factors that trigger allergic reactions. This is because these proteins have the ability to grip to your dogs’ fur. If you own a dog breed that is prone to shedding, it may lead to these proteins being deposited around your home from excess fur.

1. The Bichon Frise

The silky-soft undercoat of the Bichon Frise means that their coarse outercoat is allergy-friendly. Not only does this make them rarely shed, but their small build also ensures that they’re well-suited to family homes.

The only factor to consider when owning a Bichon Frise is the fact that their coats should be groomed regularly to prevent knotting and a build-up of dirt.

2. The Poodle

Whether you’re looking for a smaller-sized dog or one with a medium build, a Poodle is an excellent option for a dog lover suffering with allergies as their coat rarely sheds excess fur.

Often overlooked as a family pet, poodles are also very intelligent and are easy to train. They also enjoy interacting with their owners and socialising with other dogs; making them a great option for homes with older dogs.

3. The Chinese Crested

A rather obvious dog breed for allergy-sufferers to own is the Chinese Crested as they have hardly any fur at all! Despite the fact that they have small tufts of fur on their ears, tail and feet, the fur hardly sheds and so doesn’t leave proteins laying around your home.

The Chinese Crested is incredibly friendly towards other dogs and is suited to busier lifestyles due to their lower need for exercise.

4. The Schnauzer

If you’re wanting a larger sized dog that still doesn’t irritate your allergies, you may find that the Schnauzer is a great option.

Giant Schnauzers have wire-like fur that isn’t prone to shedding, and their high energy levels means that they would excel in homes with an adventurous owner. If you love the outdoors and want a companion to take with you, this breed may be the best option!

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