Dogs are mans’ best friend. People love petting and cuddling with dogs of all shapes and sizes. But some people love the company of these animals, but can’t touch them. These are people with dog allergies. However, there are some breeds that don’t activate allergies. These are the best dog breeds for people with pet allergies.
Poodles are often considered fancy show dogs. They have impressive stature and nice, curled fur. But they’re also allergy-friendly. It’s because of their aforementioned curly fur, which doesn’t shed very often. Not only are they elegant creatures, but they’re eager to learn, smart, and ready to play. It doesn’t matter what size or variation of the poodle you choose.
It’s surprising how such a furry-looking dog is actually hypoallergenic. The Maltese’s coat isn’t only pretty, but smooth and silky. And it doesn’t shed much either. Despite only being seven pounds, it’s also rather hardy and adaptable. They’re fearless watchdogs and friendly creatures.
This dog exploded in popularity in the early 2000s as part of a wave of “designer dogs”. The Labradoodle is a mix of a poodle and Labrador retriever. And like its poodle parent, the Labradoodle is also hypoallergenic. That was actually the purpose of them being bred, to create a hypoallergenic pet. With the temperament of a Labrador retriever and the coat of a poodle it really makes for a great pet.
There are a lot of varieties and sizes of Schnauzers, but they all have the usual fur mustache. And they all have the same wiry, close-cropped coat of fur. That makes it so that the fur isn’t prone to shedding. In addition, they have adorable and expressive faces. It’s all in those eyebrows of theirs.
Portuguese Water Dog
Looking for an athletic, medium-sized dog? Well, the Portuguese water dog is the animal for you. This breed was actually bred to help fishermen. As a result they’re strong, capable, easily trainable, and their curled fur like a poodle keeps them from shedding too much. They’re loyal pets so you’ll always have a close companion.
Afghan hounds really don’t seem like they’d be be hypoallergenic. They’re incredibly hairy, with long, regal fur. But all that hair is completely safe to people with allergies. The fur’s mostly for show. They don’t produce much dander and don’t shed much either. And while they may appear incredibly dignified, they’re actually incredibly silly. You’ll have a lot of fun playing with your new friend if you pick this dog.
A short, curly coat of fur is seems to be the key to making your dog hypoallergenic. And the Bichon Frise meets that profile exactly. Not to mention, it’s small. It actually feels incredibly soft and plush to hug. So not having to worry about any allergies is even better. They’re real sweet hearts and quick to become friends with new people.
Airedale terriers are known as the “king of terriers” for a reason. At least a part of that is because they’re the largest breed of terrier, but they’re also hypoallergenic. In addition to their wiry coat of fur, these large pups are also rather versatile. They can hunt, are quite spry, and have strong loyalty to their owners.
This breed is instantly recognizable. The fur on the Havanese looks like it would be prone to shedding, but it’s actually the opposite. A lot of Havanese owners cut their dog’s hair shorter to make it more even more allergy-friendly. These small pups are also incredibly sturdy, adaptable, and social. You’ll have a best friend forever with this breed.
Small, mighty, and friendly, that’s what the Bedlington terrier is. This dog’s curled coat is what makes it hypoallergenic. It also makes the pups look like a sheep. Energetic and fun-loving, they always want to be at the center of attention. And you certainly won’t have any trouble giving it to them.
Most of these dogs are on this list because they shed less fur. Well, the Chinese crested dog made the list because it has the fur. This is a rather recognizable breed, with its spotted pink skin and spiky tuft of hair on its head, tail, and paws. The dog’s also an absolute sweetheart. It loves to play and cuddle, and you won’t have to worry about allergies at all.
Irish Water Spaniel
The tallest and biggest of all spaniels, the Irish water spaniel is quite striking. Incredibly popular, allergy prone people will be pleased to find out that it’s allergy-friendly. It’s crispy, curled fur doesn’t shed much, if at all, and there’s no pet dander. And of course, the fur is actually waterproof. Irish water spaniels are normally kind, hardworking, and loyal. It won’t be hard for them to become a good friend.
The most unique dog breeds are the most hypoallergenic ones. Have you even heard of the Affenpinscher before? People call them “monkey dogs” or “ape terriers” because of their appearance. They’ve even been compared Wookies and Ewoks from Star Wars. Their dense, thick fur isn’t prone to shedding either. However, their demeanor is compared to humans. They aren’t easy to train, but still have strong loyalty to their owners.
Kerry Blue Terrier
The Kerry blue terrier’s coat is closely cropped and wiry, just like other terrier breeds. And, of course, it doesn’t shed much. Its name comes from the blue shade of its coat. And it also has an incredible amount of fur around its face. It’s really just as soft as it looks. They make great family dogs that will become lifelong companions.
The Komondor looks like its matted fur was braided by someone else. It almost looks like a mop. But that fur makes it hypoallergenic. They’re somewhat of a guardian dog in a family, having been bred to guard animal flocks. They’ll give the same protective courtesy to your children as well. Not to mention, they’re responsive to training.
Hounds tend to have short fur, which decreases shedding right out the gate. But the Basenji in particular is an excellent hound to own. They’re graceful, strong, and emotive, not to mention much smaller than the average hound. They don’t shed, but they do yodel and howl. But sometimes the sound seems like its laughing at a joke.
A popular and well-known dog breed, it’s probably less well-known that this dog is allergy-friendly. The Shih Tzu’s fur can cut short to eliminate any allergy issues. These fur balls weigh less than twenty pounds and under a foot tall. You can easily scoop them into your arms for cuddles. Their calm and adaptable, making them perfect for small living spaces.
Greyhounds are well-known and loved for their speed and tall stature. Although, the Italian greyhound’s most striking difference is that it’s small. Other than that, they’re pretty much the same. That and the fact that their light fur and short coat won’t aggravate allergies. And this greyhound will enjoy nothing more than get cozy and cuddle with you.
Spanish Water Dog
The Spanish water dog is equally as allergy-friendly as its Portuguese cousin. They’re known for their versatile fur coats, which can be changed to adopt a number of hairstyles. As their curls grow, you can also reduce shedding by creating cords, or just cutting them short. And, of course, they make excellent companions. Their hard working attitudes and love of the great outdoors make them perfect companions for any that likes exercise.
Among the most popular dog breeds, the Yorkshire terrier is almost like a stuffed animal due to its small size and cute face. And surprisingly, this breed is actually allergy-friendly. They don’t shed very much, with their hair actually being more similar to human hair than dog fur. They also live rather long lives. They can be rather feisty and vocal, but they were lap dogs for women in the Victorian Era, so you you know that they’re still amazing companions.
There’s a chance you’ve never seen the Lagotto Romagnolo. It’s adorable and its curly hair reduces shedding and pet dander, making it a rather hypoallergenic breed. Like the Yorkshire terrier, its fur is actually more similar to human hair than dog fur. And as a final added bonus, nicknamed “truffled dogs”, they mimic teddy bears, meaning they’re just as cuddly as a stuffed animal.