If your dream is to own a dog, but you suffer from allergies, the great news is that many dogs are touted as hypoallergenic. Research indicates that people are not allergic to the fur but the pet dander or saliva, which means shorthaired pups may still trigger allergies. So if you want a dog that won’t leave you watery-eyed, look no further than these dog breeds.
Schnauzers, and its genetic mix the “schnoodle,” produce less dander and are naturally non-shedding dogs. People with allergies find that they have very little or no allergic reactions with a schnauzer. Schnauzers have a double coat. The undercoat is softer and close to the skin where the outer coat is hard and wiry. This type of coat only sheds when the dog is left ungroomed for several months. Plus, their coats do not trap dander like the heavy undercoat dogs.
This tiny, curly haired dog has a non-shedding coat that is easy to maintain. Their fur may be long but does not shed like other long hair breeds. Their fur produces very little dander and is an odorless breed. Since they are small, they make perfect apartment or house pets.
A goldendoodle is a genetic mix of a golden retriever and a traditional or miniature poodle. Goldendoodles are popular for their intelligence, kind disposition and non-shedding fur. Golden retrievers shed lots of hair, but luckily, the goldendoodles received the non-shedding gene from the poodle. Their hair is either curly like a poodle or shaggy like a retriever. Owners can maintain their allergies with regular grooming. It is recommended to clip goldendoodle’s hair every eight to 12 weeks. Labradoodles are also hypoallergenic dogs.
Poodles are playful and lively dogs that make great pets. There are three standard body types including the standard, miniature and toy poodle. Poodle hair is a blessing and a curse. Poodles are blessed with a hypoallergenic reputation and shed less than most dogs. The downside is the maintenance, which requires grooming every four to six weeks. Without regular grooming, their hair tangles and sheds.
The tiny Maltese has silky white hair that requires daily grooming. They do not shed much hair and are hypoallergenic. The American Kennel Club rates them in the top eight hypoallergenic dogs.
Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican Hairless Dog)
Although hard to pronounce, “show-low-eats-queen-tee,” these dogs are one of the most rare breeds on the planet. These dogs either have no hair or a very short coat, but do not require regular maintenance like other breeds.
Portuguese Water Dogs
An athletic breed, these dogs are meant for the outdoors. Anyone with severe allergies can house these dogs outside with protected shelter. Their waterproof coat can handle the toughest and wettest weather, but requires regular grooming. This dog is best suited with active owners.