16 Low-Shedding, Hypoallergenic Dogs For People With Allergies.
If you are a person with allergies to dog hair, there is still hope, as you can choose a breed of non-allergenic dogs that will not shed much hair or dancer. Non-shedding dogs are commonly referred to as hypoallergenic dogs, and they are a great choice for people with allergies.
Here is a list of small to medium sized dogs that are the best choices if you are a mild allergy sufferer.
People who have allergies won’t have a problem with an Affenpinscher in the house. The Affenpinscher have a wiry coat, which doesn’t shed a lot. You just need to occasionally brush out the removal of old, dead hairs.
The Basenji is like a cat in that they are efficient in self-cleaning. Not only do they groom themselves, but their soft, short hair will not shed as much as most other dogs. Thus, they leave less dander and less effect on sensitive immune systems.
3. Bedlington Terrier
This dog breed has a wooly, tightly curled coat that barely sheds. The Bedlington looks like a lamb as well, and still will need some grooming as their tight curly coat can become matted without daily brushing.
4. Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise has a soft, fluffy, and tightly curled coat, which ensuring dead hairs with dander stay in place until grooming day when they are brushed out.
5. Hairless Chinese Crested
Since, the Hairless Chinese Crested has hardly any hair, they will shed very little. This means very little chance of any allergic reaction to this breed
The Havanese breed is similar to the Bichon Frise, as they have a similar coat which is ideal for people with allergies. Their fluffy coats have a soft wave, not curly like a Bichon, that helps prevent shedding hair all over.
7. Irish Water Spaniel
The Irish Water Spaniels is a good choice for allergy sufferers if you do regular brush outs and bathing to neaten up his coat. Since they have no undercoat, it won’t be a problem with all those curls as there isless shedding.
8. Kerry Blue Terrier
The Kerry Blue Terrier doesn’t shed often like many other dog… about every three weeks. This helps with allergy sufferers, as you can more easily control the amount of hair that falls in your home. Kerry Blues are known as non-shedders with their wavy, curly coats retaining much of the allergy-causing hairs until grooming day.
Adult Komondors grow a double coat, one wooly undercoat and one curly outercoat, which naturally develops the cords. Since their hair so tightly formed, there isn’t traditional shedding. They only may have a whole cord possibly fall off, but not individual, allergy-irritating hairs. This makes it ideal for allergy sufferers.
Not only are poodles a popular dog, but they are ideal for people with sensitive allergies to dog hair. They are a light-shedding breed, as their curly coat holds onto dead hair and dander. They are an easy maintenance dog for grooming.
11. Portuguese Water Dog
This breed tends to shed less, but you need to keep their coat well-groomed to lessen the chance of allergy symptoms.
The Puli is similar to the Komondor with a corded, dreadlock-like coat. They have both an under and outercoat if left unbrushed and will form the cords. They may shed a little, but their lost hairs become trapped in the coat which means it is less likely to cause an allergic reaction.
13. Giant Schnauzer
The Giant Schnauzers can shed their coats but just not in huge clumps at a time. If you love this breed of dog, and have reaction to dander, you can control the amount of shedding through regular grooming and daily brushing.
14. Shih Tzu
Most people with allergies to pets, will less likely have any allergic reaction with a Shih Tzu as they have a similar type of hair that humans have. The Shih Tzu has a coat that is low-shedding, but still need regular brushing and grooming required.
15. Wire Fox Terrier
Since the Wire Fox Terrier has wiry, dense hair this breed has limited shedding and dead hair can be removed easily with grooming. A dense, crinkly or wavy coat covers a Wire Fox Terrier from nose-to-tail.
16. Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkshire has human-like hair coat, thus people with allergies are less likely to have reactions. These dogs undercoat does not shed. So Yorkies are a great choice for allergy sufferers if kept trimmed and groomed.
Remember, There Are No Completely Allergen Free Dogs.
Any dog that is labeled hypoallergenic, means that the breed is “relatively unlikely to cause an allergic reaction,” as they don’t shed as much.
To see if you have no allergic reaction to certain dogs, you need to spend some time with them to see whether they will cause allergies.
As many as 10% of Americans have an allergy to dogs. It is the dog’s dander attached to the end of their hairs that cause the allergic reaction.
Most dogs shed hair and renew their top layer about every 21 days. The dander is dead skin, much like our human dandruff. So it tends to float in the air and attach to furniture, carpets, wall coverings, etc. So by getting a dogs that doesn’t shed, or sheds very little, your home will be mostly dander free.
Here Are StepsTo Reduce Allergy Symptoms From The Dog?
- Wash pet bedding regularly.
- Change air filters frequently.
- Use a high-efficiency HEPA air cleaner.
- Create an “allergy-free” zone in your home and strictly prohibit dog access.
- Groom your dog at least every 4 weeks with an anti-allergenic shampoo.
- Brush your dog 4 – 5 times per week with a proper.
- Consider regular allergy shots for yourself or steroidal and antihistamine nose sprays/pills to alleviate your symptoms.