A List of Super Lovable Hypoallergenic Dogs
It can be really hard to be allergic to dogs. They’re so loveable, soft, and almost impossible to not pet. So if you really want a dog, but are allergic to them, it can be heartbreaking. You’re not alone in feeling this pain either. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, as much as 10% of the U.S. population is allergic to dogs.
But did you know that there are hypoallergenic dogs? It’s true! Assuming your allergy isn’t severe, you may be able to have a dog of your own after all!
Am I Allergic to Dogs?
If you suspect you’re allergic to dogs, you should talk to your doctor. But what could you be allergic to?
Pet allergy is a reaction to proteins found in an animal’s skin cells, saliva or urine. Most often, pet allergy is triggered by exposure to dander (skin) as a dog or cat sheds. Signs of pet allergy include those common to hay fever, such as sneezing and runny nose. Some people may also experience signs of asthma, such as wheezing and difficulty breathing.
Pet allergy signs and symptoms caused by inflammation of nasal passages include:
- Facial pressure and pain
- Frequent awakening
- Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
- Itchy, red or watery eyes
- Nasal congestion
- Postnasal drip
- Runny nose
- Swollen, blue-colored skin under your eyes
If your pet allergy contributes to asthma, you may also experience:
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest tightness or pain
- Shortness of breath
An allergic reaction to dogs can also leave you with red and itchy patches.
What are Hypoallergenic Dogs?
Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog. However, there are breeds that shed significantly less, which helps reduce allergy symptoms.
Hypoallergenic doesn’t mean hairless either! So if you’re thinking that a hypoallergenic dog will look similar to a hairless cat, you’re actually wrong! They can be fluffy, soft, long-haired, short-haired, and hairless. The choice is yours!
Some Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds
The first on our list is the Bichon Frise. They’re specifically bred to be hypoallergenic, making them one of the American Kennel Club’s top picks for allergy sufferers. Their name is French for “fluffy white dog,” and it’s the perfect descriptor for the cuddly little cotton balls. Their small size also makes them great for cozy living spaces.
2. Miniature Schnauzer
The most popular Schnauzer breed on the market, the miniature Schnauzer is an astute watchdog with a fierce love of playtime. They’re small — weighing less than 20 pounds — and their personality is just as big as their normal-sized cousins. They’re fearless and love their families even more fearlessly. Plus, who couldn’t love their little face and beards?
Poodles are one of the smartest dogs breeds out there, and all of them are hypoallergenic! You can choose between a larger poodle, a standard, or a mini! Poodles are quick to please and love to show off, so train them well! They’re loving, soft, and very affectionate as well, if you can get around their boisterous personality!
4. Yorkshire Terrier
Who doesn’t love the teddy-bear face of a Yorkie? They’re one of the smallest dog breeds out there and are just the most precious little babies. In fact, they’re so small that they can fit in most purses!
What they lack in size, they make up for in attitude. They’re excitable and loving, and they just love to show off their personality any chance they get. And don’t forget warm cuddles. They love those most of all. Be warned though — Yorkies do require a lot of grooming, even though they’re hypoallergenic!
5. Afghan Hound
Like the Yorkie, these sweet hounds don’t shed, but their long coats do require some attentive grooming. That’s because they were originally bred to survive mountain climates! Their fur is long, silky, luxurious, and oh so soft to pet. It’s good too, because Afgahn Hounds love the attention!
So if you’re looking for a hypoallergenic dog who always wants to be in the spotlight, an Afghan Hound is for you.
Hairless Hypoallergenic Dogs
There aren’t a lot of hairless dog breeds out there. But these two on our list are both fun, cute, and great companions.
American Hairless Terrier
The American Hairless Terrier, a Louisiana native, is a smart, inquisitive, and playful pup. They are a great choice for allergy sufferers who want a dog with true terrier grit and courage.
The American Hairless Terrier stands between 12 to 16 inches at the shoulder, so it’s not that much shorter than your knee. They’re a delight to look at too: the hairless breeds can have eyebrows and whiskers, which accentuate their expressive eyes and broad faces.
If you want a pup with a jaunty pep in his step, then this is the dog for you. They’re true terriers, even without the fur!
With their spotted pink skin, spiky “crested” hairdo, furry socks and feathery tail, you can’t mistake the sweet and slender Chinese Crested for any other breed. They’re amazing dogs and love attention and your company.
They’re really small too! Most of them are 12 pounds or less.
Cresteds are as fun as they look: playful, loving, and devoted to their humans. They are attentive housemates and are often totally in tune with their family. They make the perfect pet!
So if you’re allergic to dogs, but really want one, don’t fret! We at Doggy Brace hope this list helped you find the right companion for you.