What are the Best Breeds of Dog for People with Allergies?

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Recent statistics show that approximately 15% of people have allergies to pets, and dog allergies are among the most common. People who have these allergies generally have bad reactions to either the dog's saliva or dander from the skin; the allergy is rarely from the dog's fur. Though there is not one single breed of dog known to be entirely safe for people who have allergies, there are several different breeds that are considered hypoallergenic and do not tend to cause as many problems.

Poodles, and poodle hybrids like Labradoodles or Goldendoodles, are meant to be good for people with dog allergies, as such dogs do not tend to shed very much. Even though most people are not allergic to the dog hair itself, dander from the skin often comes out on the hair, leading to allergy problems wherever the hair is found.

Other dog breeds that do not shed very much and are most appropriate for people with allergies include the Maltese, Shih Tzu, Schnauzer, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, Portuguese Water Dog, Lhasa Apso, Yorkshire Terrier, Irish Water Spaniel, and Kerry Blue Terrier. Hairless breeds, such as the hairless variety of the Chinese Crested dog and the Xoloitzcuintli, or Mexican hairless, are also good choices.


Though no dog breeds are perfect for people who have dog allergies, many people have found that their symptoms are less extreme with these breeds than with other dog types, such as the Golden Retriever, which is known to be especially bad for people who are allergic to dogs. Before committing to bring a dog into your home, it is important to make sure that you will be able to tolerate any allergy symptoms if you have them. Spend as much time as possible with the breed that you are interested in before adopting one to make sure that you will be able to handle any reaction to the dog's saliva or dander.

Once you have adopted a dog, you can take regular allergy pills and place air filters throughout the house, which should help to lessen your allergy symptoms. You should also not let the dog sleep in your bedroom and keep that area allergen-free.


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Post 11

I have a Cairn Terrier that is hypoallergenic and doesn't shed at all. Toto from the Wizard of Oz is a Cairn Terrier. She is a good size and has an awesome personality. For some reason, I never see these dogs on lists like this, so I thought I'd share!

Post 10

My favorite is a shih-tzu, which shed very little. If you are really allergic to dogs, poodles are the best.

Bichons are good, along with the lhasa apso and maltese, as well.

I had a golden retriever and a lab. Those dogs are very bad dogs when it comes to allergies, and so is a shepherd because of their undercoat.

Post 8

I have been a big fan of poodles even before they started mixing them with other breeds. Poodles are very smart and since they don't shed, they are very easy dogs to have around.

For people who love a big dog such as a Golden Retriever or a Labrador, but can't have them because of allergies, some of the newer mixed breeds are a perfect solution for them.

Our son has kids with allergies, but they have a Labradoodle that doesn't bother the kids. She is great with the kids and is a sweet dog. They wouldn't be able to keep a Labrador around because of all of their allergies.

Post 7

I have never understood it when people who are allergic to dogs still let them sleep with them. I would think that all the hair and dander would make them absolutely miserable.

I had a friend who went and got shots as one of her dog allergy remedies. Even with all of that, she still let the dog sleep in their bed.

The shots did seem to help her quite a bit, but I think they would have done a lot more good if she had kept the dog out of certain areas of the house.

I realize this is easy for me to say because I don't have a dog. I work long hours and am away from home too much. I also don't want to worry about the hair and extra mess that goes along with owning a dog.

Post 6

As much as I love dogs, I don't know how crazy I would be about having a hairless one as a pet. While I am sure many of them have a good disposition, I just don't find them very appealing.

If I had dog allergies, I would try several of the other breeds of dogs that are known to be hypoallergenic before I got a dog that didn't have any hair.

Post 5

I am also partial to Golden Retriever dogs, and feel bad for those people who are allergic to them. They are smart, beautiful dogs who also shed a lot!

One of my friends had a Golden Retriever but had to find a new home for her because she was so allergic to her. No matter what she did, she was miserable and had to give her up because of dog allergy symptoms.

She ended up getting a Maltese that doesn't shed, and has not had any problems. If she still wanted a bigger dog she could have tried a Goldendoodle, but the smaller Maltese has worked out well for her and her family.

Post 4

I love golden retrievers! But, sorry, I cannot touch them! Best for my allergic problems are "cane corso" an Italian mastiff and the TIbetan mastiff.

Post 3

What about a Bichon Frise?

Post 2

Nocompliment- My friend had a greyhound once, he said that those dogs have a short life span due to their size.

I just want to add that I was told that in order treat dog allergies it is best to keep a clean home.

Dust mites and pet danger really aggravate allergy symptoms. In addition, the use of a standalone Hepa filter along with a Hepa filter inside your vacuum really helps to control dog allergies.

Post 1

for allergies, short haired dogs are usually the best. greyhounds are cool.

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