Why do people prefer hypoallergenic dog breeds?
There are reasons why some people want hypoallergenic dogs. They may be allergic to dog fur; they may not like the idea of vacuuming all the time; or, they do not want to spend too much time on grooming.
Therefore, if you want to bring a dog into your home, and yet remain free from allergies, you will do well to find one that is hypoallergenic.
Remember that even in the case of hypoallergenic dog breeds, there may be some shedding that is caused by illnesses such as bacterial or fungal infections, ringworms, thyroid disorders or Cushing’s disease. Therefore, preparing your home to keep allergies away would be a good start.
There are many hypoallergenic dogs to choose from. Here’s a list of some of the best house dogs that don’t shed or only shed minimally.
Afghan Hounds: They may be quite aloof; but, do need regular exercise. Bathing and brushing twice a week should be enough if you were to bring an Afghan hound into your home.
American Hairless Terriers: This breed is one of the easier ones to manage even in an apartment. They are friendly dogs and need minimal exercise.
Bichon Frise: This breed is considered one of the most popular choices for people suffering from allergies. They are also small in size and do well in small living areas.
Schnauzer: The miniature schnauzer sheds very little and is a good choice for city dwellers. They are watchdogs and love to play!
Poodles: Be it large, or miniature, all poodles are hypoallergenic dogs. They are smart dogs and easy to train.
Yorkshire Terriers: This breed is so small that it can fit into your purse. They have very fine hair and only need brushing well in order to remain untangled.
Shih Tzus: They are considered regal dogs, and are friendly. They also shed very minimally. Some believe this breed to be high maintenance though all they need is regular grooming.
Maltese: This breed averages around seven pounds and is considered a lap dog. They can stay in your arms all day long, and you will still not have any allergic reactions. You can choose the length of their fur, and their white coats will remain hypoallergenic.
Scottish Terriers: They were originally bred as hunters; but, they are happy to sit on the couch most of the time. They have a water-resistant coat and are independent dogs.
West Highland Terriers: They are curious and fun-loving dogs. They are small in size and shed very little making it a perfect pet for people suffering from allergies.
Havanese: Havanese have non-shedding and silky coats. They are happy dogs and make ideal pets.
Basenji: Originally, they were African hunting dogs. They have fine, short hair and shed hair only a little. Basenjis are quite particular and often will groom themselves.
Cairn Terriers: Their hair is quite coarse, and their coat is wiry. They are fearless dogs and often a preferred hypoallergenic breed.
Bedlington Terriers: Give them a short clip if you want a low maintenance breed that does not shed. They are often used in dog shows, and pet owners try and fashion stylish pouffes of hair on their heads.
Coton de Tulear: These dogs are great companions. They are cheerful and have soft hair.
Irish water spaniel: This breed loves water and has a water-resistant coat. They are very suitable for dog lovers that need a hypoallergenic breed.
Tibetan Terrier: They do have bushy hair that needs regular grooming. However, they are still hypoallergenic because they shed so little.
Brussels Griffon: They are good watchdogs and yet, friendly. They are considered great for families with children. They hardly shed any hair.
Portuguese water dogs: This is a muscular and energetic breed that will require regular grooming. Their coats do not shed much. This breed is medium-sized. They are playful and can be very happy living in small spaces.
Lhasa Apso: While they were bred as guard dogs originally, they have become popular domestic pets. They are often seen to be fluffy because of their fur. Owners can choose to keep the fur long or clip it short, too.
West Highland White Terrier or Westie: They are friendly dogs and loyal. They are also good watchdogs. They have a double-coat and do shed some hair. But, they can still be considered hypoallergenic dogs.
Kerry Blue Terrier: This breed is also called Irish Blue, and they are working dogs. They are great at herding and guarding. Their hair is similar to human hair, and they do not shed. They have a black coat when they are born, and when they are around two years old, you will see the blue in their coats!
Chinese Crested: This breed is hairless or has very soft hair. Both kinds are hypoallergenic dogs. However, they are very sensitive to extreme temperature.
Labradoodle: A product of cross-breeding Labrador retriever and poodle, they are friendly dogs and a good pet for families. They do not shed much. You may be better off choosing a 2nd generation labradoodle because this is a fairly new and emerging breed.
Border Terriers: Bred for hunting, this breed is intelligent and great for companionship. They have a wiry coat and do not shed much. They only need brushing once a week.
Consult a vet on which dog is right for you
It is important to know that it is not just the fur or shedding of hair that cause allergic reactions. Even if a dog is low shedding, you might develop allergies through their saliva or urine.
Refer to the doctor before adopting a dog. Get a second medical opinion at VOSD.
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