Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds Revealed
Did you know that, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, around 3 in 10 people in the United States have an allergic reaction to dogs? So, if you want a cute, cuddly companion but can’t help the sneezing and sniffling you are not alone! In fact, there are a variety of dog breeds perfect for your allergy needs. These breeds are called hypoallergenic dogs.
Hypoallergenic dogs are breeds that are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. Dog hair and dander (tiny particles of skin) are what cause the immune response. When a dog sheds or shakes they leave behind these triggers, leaving allergy sufferers not able to play with their furry friends. While there is no such thing as a dog breed that is 100% hypoallergenic, these canines can be a solution to your problem. Hypoallergenic dogs don’t trigger allergies because they shed virtually zero hair and dander compared to other dogs. This means there are less allergens in your home and more quality time you can spend with man’s best friend.
Experts recommend to foster or spend time with the pooch you choose in person once you decide on adopting. This is because certain hypoallergenic dogs will have varying effects depending on your personal immune response to the breed.
Luckily, there are a variety of dog breeds that fall under the hypoallergenic category. You can find the perfect fit for your home amongst these six, very different breeds.
Affenpinscher’s are known for being human-like canines. They are around 7-10 pounds when fully grown and can grow up to almost one foot tall. Many people compare them to Wookies and Ewoks from the Star Wars series. The affenpinschers temperament can be described as extremely amusing and historically funny — especially because of their mean-looking mug. They are very loyal dogs and tend to be curious in their antics as they are very outgoing. They are confident and extremely willful, known to not be trained but befriended, even though they are easier to train. Their coat is dense and can present in a variety of colors. It should be groomed around twice a week and taken to get a trim every few months.
If you are looking for a royal looking pet, look no further than the Afghan Hound. This hound weighs around 50-60 pounds at adulthood and lives up to 15 years. This breed has a long, silky coat that requires frequent grooming in order to ensure tangle-free, clean hair. The Afghan needs regular bathing as well. Despite its floor-length, beautiful hair, the aristocrat dog does not shed. It will, however, need intense exercise as this breed is athletic and requires regular movement. They are an old breed known for their beauty and aloof appearance. If you want a dog that is intensely loyal, sensitive and intelligent this dog is for you!
This medium-sized sporting dog will be your best friend in any activity. If you take your Barbet for a swim or for game retrieval, he or she will thrive as they have webbed paws designed for swimming. Weighing anywhere from 35-65 pounds, this shaggy dog is destined to be your best friend. With a curly coat that can present in shades of black, grey, brown or fawn, this medium sized dog has regularly been compared to a Muppet. Calm and sweet, a Barbet will charm you as they are easy to live with and a quick study. So, if you are looking for a medium-sized, athletic and cheerful pup, the Barbet is all you need!
Classified in the working group, a Giant Schnauzer is destined to be an intelligent and loyal companion. The Giant Schnauzer is a bigger and stronger version of the Standard Schnauzer. Weighing up to 95 pounds as a male and 75 pounds as a female, these dogs are known to be extremely trainable and energetic. When it comes to getting in lots of activity, this breed needs a friend to play with in order to be happy. Their coat can either present as solid black or peppered. This coat is dense and wiry as well as weather-resistant due to its soft undercoat and harsh outercoat. Whoever owns this allergy-friendly pup should prepare for some regular maintenance in order to keep a healthy coat.
Known since Biblical times, this toy dog is famously luxurious. Weighing up to 7 pounds at most, Maltese dogs are affectionate friends who are surprisingly fearless. They’re known for their lengthy white coat that is both straight and silky. Their charming and playful temperament can sway anyone to love their big, brown eyes. Despite being friendly to all, this dog would be an amazing watchdog due to their alert nature. Sometimes a tad willful, you can find training with rewards to be the most effective method. Their beautiful coat requires daily brushing and regular bathing. Lastly, the energetic canines only require occasional exercise such as a daily walk or a game of fetch.
Another toy pup, the Yorkshire Terrier only weighs 7 pounds. Known for their long, silky hair, these dogs have a signature charcoal and golden-brown look. Despite their tiny size, Yorkie’s have a big personality. This bossy breed is extremely popular as people are drawn to their unique and self-important personality. They are a true fan favorite, ranking as one of the tenth most popular breeds. Their loving yet animated temperament will give you a decade of friendship and amusement. As mentioned, their coat is long, so it needs to be brushed daily and trimmed or tied into a ponytail on the top of their head. Lastly, they require a decent amount of exercise such as a fast-walk or playing ball in order to stay fit.
While we chose these six to show how many hypoallergenic dogs there are for all living situations, needs and wants — there are so many more! These special breeds are a snapshot of how great the world of allergy-free pet ownership can be. Good luck researching and finding your perfect pup – without the teary eyes and tissues!