Dreaming of owning a dog you can play with and dress up in cute dog apparel but you suffer from allergies? No problem. Just choose dogs that are hypoallergenic. Since allergic reactions to dogs usually result from overexposure to dog hair or dander, you can minimize the chances of suffering from these nasty allergic reactions by selecting dogs that do not shed so much hair or have thin short fur instead. Shedding is what often causes pet dander to be released into the air, which then causes allergy symptoms.
Bear in mind that although some breeds don’t shed as much hair and dander, there is no dog (or cat) that is completely hypoallergenic. However, the following dog breeds would probably come close.
1. American Hairless Terrier
You can be sure this dog won’t shed. It can’t because it has no hair, so you don’t need to worry about dander or any fur. However, being hairless means they are susceptible to sunburn and could really get cold in freezing weather. On the upside though, you still get the trademark terrier inquisitiveness and playfulness, but without the fur.
2. Bichon Frise
Despite its fluffy appearance, the Bichon Frise is considered as one of the most hypoallergenic breeds of dogs. This is because of two reasons: (1) they hardly shed, and (2) they rarely drool. These are also the reasons why these canines make good indoor pets. They don’t mess up the house as fast. However, this breed does require regular grooming.
3. Chinese Crested
Chinese Crested dogs shed little to no hair. Even as pups, you won’t need to worry about them shedding because they have few hairs on the body, with the exception of the Powderpuff variant (or the one with full coat) which is usually born in the same litter. The hairless variant usually has some tufts on its face, ears, and tail. That’s it.
These almost hairless dogs, unlike the hairless terrier, seem okay with hot weather, but they do not like cold places. So unless it’s constantly snowing in your place, you can check out this cute breed without worries.
One of the fluffier ones in the list, the Maltese deceivingly has only one layer of silky long hair. What’s so good about them is that they don’t shed much and they produce very low dander. They are also small and easy to take with you everywhere you go. The only problem is that their long hair often needs brushing to prevent tangling and unsightly mats.
There are several types of schnauzers but no matter which one you choose, you can be sure they don’t produce that much dander as well. Their long hair makes them look fluffy, like the Maltese, but they rarely shed them. They also don’t drool so you don’t have to worry about accidentally coming into contact with saliva. These dogs are also highly intelligent and do not like barking much, which is a huge plus, especially if you fussy neighbors.
They do require regular grooming though to keep those long hairs looking silky and clean.
If you really want to get a canine companion despite the allergies, you won’t go wrong with any of the breeds in this list.