Living with nasal allergies might be common, but it’s horrible. One with allergies has to endure the constant sneezing, sniffling and the itchy and burning sensation on the nasal area. Another unfortunate thing about having this type of allergy is that it’s hard to own adorable furry pets like dogs. But don’t let your allergies stop you from adopting a puppy. There are hypoallergenic dog breeds that have non-shedding coats and produces less dander (an allergen that causes some people to be allergic to dogs). There are dog breeds that are better choices for owners prone to allergic reactions.
Let’s look at the hypoallergenic dog breeds that are better for allergy sufferers. Take note that you can’t be assured that all dogs of the said breeds won’t trigger allergies – all we’re saying is that these breeds generally receive less to no allergic reactions because of their non-shedding coats.
1. Bichon Frise
Gentle, happy, playful and affectionate, Bichon Frise are friendly dogs that make endearing pets. They are cheerful and easy to train, and their petite bodies make them perfect for apartments. The dog’s puffy coat is soft and almost non-shedding, but it continually grows, so regular grooming is needed to prevent matting. These dogs are great for affectionate first-time dog owners who are willing to take care of their coats on a daily basis.
One of the most popular dog breeds in the world, poodles are intelligent, good-natured, calm and affectionate dogs who are also known to have hypoallergenic coats. They are dogs who enjoy grooming, walking, training and playing, making them a great furry companion for owners who would love to do these things. Poodles come in three sizes: standard, miniature and toy. Their coats don’t shed, but they need a lot of grooming.
Schnauzers are an excellent choice of dog for people looking for a watchdog, but can also act as a family companion pet. A schnauzer is an intelligent, energetic, alert, reliable and affectionate breed who enjoys the company and treats his owner as the center of his attention. They can be territorial and protective, but they are also loyal and fond of kids. Their active temperament is for owners who enjoy exercising with a furry buddy. Schnauzers have three sizes: miniature, standard and giant; and all of these varieties have weather-resistant, hypoallergenic yet wiry coats that need daily brushing and regular clipping.
Maltese are happy and friendly dogs that make great family companions. They are social animals who have a lively, playful, alert and affectionate temperament. Their long and silky hair shed very little, but they need brushing once a day to prevent mats. Maltese dogs don’t need a huge yard to run around in – they just want a few daily walks and then cuddle up with their favorite human – making them perfect for those living in small residences.
5. Chinese Crested
For allergic people, hairless Chinese Crested dogs seem like an obvious choice because their bodies hardly have any hair at all. These dogs are friendly, playful, alert, and thrives in the company of humans. They are affectionate and loyal to their owners but are prone to marking their own territories. Hairless Chinese Crested dogs are also prone to skin complaints because of the lack of fur, so its owners must be willing to perform daily skincare. The powderpuff variety of the Chinese Crested breed (which have soft hair all over) are equally hypoallergenic, but their coat is harder to maintain.
Basenji dogs are alert, active and energetic, making them a great choice for those who own a yard. This breed is unique because they don’t bark; they make a low howl instead and make odd yodeling noise sometimes. Their short coat sheds little and does not need daily grooming. They can be difficult to train, but Basenjis are intelligent and can respond well to consistency.
7. Portuguese Water Dog
A rare dog breed, Portuguese Water Dogs are athletic and needs lots of vigorous exercises to keep them happy. It’s the breed of Bo, the former First Dog owned by President Obama’s family. Portuguese Water Dogs are intelligent, loyal and energetic dogs, making them a wonderful addition to an active family. Their waterproof coats shed very little and require regular grooming and maintenance.
8. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are happy, active dogs that need plenty of exercises. They are smart dogs known for their skills in obedience, agility, and tracking. This breed adapts well to country, suburban or city living, and are great with children. Their soft and silky coats feel more like hair than fur and shed very little, making it hypoallergenic, but it needs regular grooming to prevent mats.
9. Yorkshire Terrier
If you’re looking for an indoor pet, the Yorkshire Terrier is a great choice. Yorkies are happy, devoted companion pets that are contented with cuddling and playing with their owners indoors. They are loyal and can be adventurous and willful, so make sure you train them to behave while they’re young. Their hypoallergenic coats shed little and require heavy grooming to keep it in the best condition.
10. Bedlington Terrier
At first glance, a Bedlington Terrier looks more lamb than a dog. They are calm, graceful and sweet-natured dogs that are literally in sheep’s clothing, with their curly and wooly coat. Because of that, they need regular clipping and grooming to prevent mats. Bedlington Terriers don’t need a lot of vigorous exercises – daily walks and regular playtime are fine. It can suit laid-back families with its mild demeanor, and they’re shy with strangers.