Often allergies from pet dander aren’t the first thought when it comes to first getting a pet. Hypoallergenic dogs are a good option for people with allergies, because they don’t shed as much as other breeds do. It doesn’t mean that they don’t shed at all, but the threshold at which allergy sufferers tend to react to the pet dander varies from causing itching, sneezing, and shortness of breath. Even if you don’t have issues with pet allergies, dogs that shed less are a good choice to cut down the amount of vacuuming all the hair left around the house. Here are the best hypoallergenic dog breeds that can make great pets in your home.
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1. Bichon Frise
These little dogs were bred to be hypoallergenic, and are one of the best for allergy sufferers. Their name is, of course, French, for a fluffy white dog, the perfect depiction for these little white dogs. Their small size also makes them perfect for small living spaces or apartments.
2. Miniature Schnauzer
Miniature Schnauzers are the most popular breed of Schnauzer on the market. These watchdogs are super small pocket versions of regular Schnauzers which are much bigger. These fearless pups are lovely companions whose shedding is kept to a minimum, they love playtime so be ready to play a lot of fetch.
All poodles are hypoallergenic underneath, including the large standard size, toy and miniature versions. Poodles are very smart, which makes training them easier. They have an infamous poodle cut that protects their joints and organs while swimming, which also just looks adorable.
4. Yorkshire Terrier
These cute small dogs usually fit into handbags and laps, although they are small in size, they have a hell of an attitude. Their silky fine hair is similar to the texture of most humans than other kinds of dogs, so it won’t cause you to break out in sneezes. However, Yorkshire Terriers do require a lot of regular brushing and maintenance to keep their hair tangle free and silky.
5. Shih Tzu
These dogs date back to the Tang Dynasty. They have friendly, charming personalities and super low on shedding. Their hair does naturally grow quite long so they do require a good amount of grooming. It’s a good idea to in touch with a well-rated groomer, and start brushing your dog regularly from an early age.
At an average of 7 seven pounds, this ancient Greek breed defines the concept of a lap dog. A Maltese can sit on your lap for hours without any sneezing. You can choose to either keep their soft hair trimmed or leave it to grow long. If it does grow long, you’ll have to keep up with some maintenance.
7. Portuguese Water Dog
These dogs were put in the spotlight by the Obama family. Their laid-back and playful personalities make them great family dogs. They are adaptable to living in small spaces, but they will need regular walks to keep fit.
8. Scottish Terrier
You may recognise these cute dogs from the class Disney movie, Lady and the Tramp. These independent and sometimes stubborn dogs make great family pets. Originally they were bred for hunting, and their wiry coats kept them protected in all weather conditions. They will spend most of their time sleeping on a lap or couch, and not leave too much hair behind.
9. Chinese Crested
The Chinese crested is a well-recognisable breed with a feathery tail and feet. For those that suffer from pet hair around the home, these dogs are hairless, which makes them great for allergy sufferers. They only have some hair on their head, tails and feet.
10. West Highland Terrier
Just like other terrier breeds, these little dogs also have curious and lively attitudes, with the additional plus of minimal shedding. These dogs have a happy demeanour that will keep you smiling. Their small size and friendly personality make them one of the most popular breeds of terriers.
All of these dogs are perfect pets for those who suffer from allergies but would still like to have these additions to the family. All of the breeds listed here have little to no shedding, meaning you won’t have to worry about pet hair stuck to your couches, mattresses or other furniture. Some of these dogs, like the Scottish Terrier, can be a bit stubborn and should be trained to keep their behaviour manageable. If you live in an apartment or small home, any of these dogs will be able to live in these spaces too.
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