Non Allergic Dog Breeds:
Too Good to be True?

Non allergic dog breeds have been on the rise in popularity (and price) lately.  Since many adults and children suffer from dog related allergies, there is a greater demand for these hypoallergenic dogs.

The first thing to realize, though, is that there is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog breed.  Some dogs may shed less fur or hair, but all dogs shed at least a little dander.

In general, these breeds are ones that have hair, as opposed to fur.  What do I mean?  Dogs with hair don't shed as much as dogs with fur, as they require regular grooming and haircuts.

Fur only grows to a certain length (determined by the breed), then falls out.  Hair will continue to grow, and calls for much more grooming and maintenance.

And while the best option is to stay away from dogs if you are an allergy sufferer, for dog lovers, these breeds can be a breath of fresh air! 

A couple things to remember... some people are allergic to dog saliva, not dander, and there are no breeds that can help with this type of allergy.  Also, even the top dog breed on this list can still cause an allergic reaction in some people.  Every human is different, and so is every dog. 

If you can't find a dog on this list that works for you, try a mixed breed - sometimes you'll have better luck with them!

Enough with all that.  Here's a list of the top dogs for people with allergies.  Some of the ones listed are mixed breeds, some are large, and some are small:

  • American Hairless Terrier
  • Airedale Terrier
  • Basenji
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Bergamasco
  • Bichon Frise
  • Bichon/Yorkie
  • Bolognese
  • Border Terrier
  • Bouvier des Flanders
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Cavachon
  • Chinese Crested (hairless)
  • Cock-a-poo (Cocker Spaniel/Poodle)
  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Havanese
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Labradoodle (Lab and Poodle - look for a second or third generation, not a first generation labradoodle)
  • Miniature Poodle
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Schnoodle (Schnauzer and Poodle)
  • Shichon (Shitzu and Bichon)
  • Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier (I love this breed - so playful!)
  • Tibetan Terrier
  • West Highland Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie)
  • Coton Du Tulear
  • Doodleman Pincher (that's right, a Doberman crossed with a Poodle)
  • Hairless Khala
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Lowchen
  • Maltese
  • Malti-Poo (Maltese and Poodle)
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Puli (now that's an interesting breed!)
  • Shepadoodle
  • Shih-Tzu
  • Spanish Water Dog
  • Standard Poodle
  • Toy Poodle
  • Wire-haired Fox Terrier
Cocker Spaniel non allergic dog breed

While cocker spaniels aren't hypoallergenic, a cock-a-poo (mixed with a poodle) is an option for allergy sufferers!

(Photo courtesy of Neil Conway via Flikr)

OK, so it wasn't the top ten list that I said it would be - I got a little carried away! But as you can see, there's lots of options when it comes to a non allergic dog breed. And you may very well find a breed that is not on this list that you don't have an adverse reaction to.

Dogs for people with allergies come in all shapes and sizes. Be patient in your search - you're guaranteed to find one!

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