Hypoallergenic dogs are a godsend to dog lovers who suffer from allergies brought on by dogs.
Dander is the most commonly troublesome pet allergen. It is the tiny particles of skin shed by dogs that gets caught on their fur.
Pet saliva is another common allergen. The saliva then latches on to the pet’s hair. People often mistakenly assume that dog fur is what they are allergic to, when in actual fact the fur is simply the carrier.
While no dogs are completely non-allergenic, hypoallergenic pets produce less allergens than the others because they don’t shed hair, keeping the allergens trapped on the body.
They’re may be the solution to owning a dog and keeping allergies under control.
Read on for the top hypoallergenic dog breeds.
Portuguese Water Dog
These dogs do not shed any therefore allergic reactions will be kept to a minimum. They have a robust coat that requires regular maintenance, also helping to remove dander.
This breed was made famous by the Obama’s, whose daughter, Malia, suffers from allergies.
It’s the Bichon Frises coat that gives the breed its hypoallergenic qualities.
The Bichon’s outer coat is non-shedding and is of a coarse and curly texture, making it less likely for dander to get stuck and cause trouble to allergy sufferers.
Your Bichon will require daily grooming and regular bathing to keep their coat in good condition, sparkling white and free of that pesky dander.
Poodle (Toy, Miniature, and Standard)
Another non-shedding dog is the poodle.
The smaller the dog, the less surface area of coat and less chance of dropping dander.
By this logic the toy poodle would be the best option, being the smallest of the poodle breeds, for extreme allergy sufferers.
Just because they don’t shed it doesn’t mean the poodle’s coat will look after itself – poodles require a constant level of grooming.
Maltese terriers are known for their gorgeous silky white coats, but you won’t find them shedding on your furniture or clothes.
This small terrier’s flowing white locks are composed of hair, which is hypoallergenic, rather than fur.
Compared to the poodle, the Maltese is a relatively low maintenance dog.
Their long hypoallergenic coat of hair hardly ever sheds, but needs to be brushed every three days.
West Highland White Terrier
Westies are another non-shedding hypoallergenic breed.
All of that allergic horror stays firmly trapped on their dense and wiry coats.
All you need to do is bathe them once a week, and you’ll be free and clear of any itching and sneezing.
Labradoodles are everyone’s favourite cross breed (except maybe Cockapoos). And they are a big favourite of allergy sufferers as they are (usually) very low shedding.
New cross breeds are harder to predict in terms of hair shedding so if you suffer a lot, try a more predictable hypoallergenic breed.
If you have your heart set on a Labradoodle try to choose a second generation mix. If both father and mother are also Labradoodles the chances of shedding will be lower.
If daily grooming sounds like a bit much work then consider a Basenji.
Their short, hypoallergenic coats shed very little and require a minimum amount of grooming.
Basenjis are very unusual in that they do not bark, but make a low howl instead. They also cleans themselves in a manner similar to cats.
Schnauzer (Giant or Miniature)
Both sizes of this breed don’t shed hair.
Schnauzers have a short, double coat, with a hard and wiry outer coat.
The undercoat does shed, but the hair gets tangled in its outer coat rather than shedding away.
As long as you maintain regular grooming for your Schnauzers, they should not shed their hair, keeping the dander trapped and under control.