Hypoallergenic Dogs

If you start sneezing or wheezing or get terrible itching every time you try to cuddle with a puppy, you probably think it would be impossible to get a pet dog of your own. But there are dog breeds more compatible with people who have such allergies, and they are grouped as hypoallergenic dogs.

It’s important to understand what exactly leads to the allergic reactions and what makes these dogs ‘hypoallergenic’.

Are ‘Hypoallergenic Dogs’ Truly Hypoallergenic?

Most people are allergic to certain proteins in a dog’s skin, saliva, or urine, with their dander or dead skin cells being the most common allergen. These allergens are most commonly released into the environment through skin and hair shedding. So, dogs that shed more are more likely to spread this dander around, which can cause allergies.

Similarly, dogs that shed less will keep most of the allergens to themselves. However, they still produce the same allergens, and however little they shed, it can cause allergies in some people, especially those with hypersensitivity.

The truth is, no dog can be 100% hypoallergenic. Though studies and online articles have suggested that some breeds are more/less hypoallergenic than others, there is no conclusive evidence. In fact, one 2012 study found higher levels of allergens in the hair samples of ‘hypoallergenic’ dogs compared to those considered non-hypoallergenic.

Studies have shown that regular bathing (twice a week) and grooming can reduce the number of allergens released by a dog, making it less likely to cause allergic reactions.

List of Best Hypoallergenic Dogs

List of the Best Hypoallergenic Dogs

Small Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

Small Hypoallergenic Dogs

Medium Sized Hypoallergenic Dogs

Medium Hypoallergenic Dogs

Large Hypoallergenic Dogs

Large Hypoallergenic Dogs

If you are looking for some more specific traits or characteristics, you may find something suitable below:

Short-haired: American hairless terrier, xoloitzcuintli, basenji, chinese crested dog, border terrier

Calm with low energy: Shih tzu, Maltese terrier, Brussels griffon, bichon frise, Yorkshire terrier

Smartest: Bichon frise, Norwich terrier, poodle, miniature schnauzer, Spanish water dog

For apartment-living: Poodle, American hairless terrier, affenpinscher, Portuguese water dog, barbet

Dogs that can be left alone: Miniature schnauzer, labradoodle, basenji, Scottish terrier, Airedale terrier

Lap dogs: American hairless terrier, basenji, bichon frise, bolognese, Bedlington terrier

Best with Kids: Bichon Frise, Shih Tzu, Schnauzer

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