Hypoallergenic Dogs

Want to adopt a dog but suffer from allergies? There may still be hope! Here’s some breeds you may want to consider…

Pet allergy sufferers are often allergic to a protein in a dog's dander, saliva and other secretions. While no pet can be 100% "hypoallergenic" (all dogs produce dander, saliva and urine) there are some breeds that produce fewer allergens, or just shed less of them. Here are a few breeds you may want to consider if you or someone in the family have allergies but still can't resist a canine companion!

1. Poodle

The Poodle, originally used to aid duck hunters in France, has become a favourite among allergy sufferers. This is largely because the Poodle sheds a very small amount of their tight, curly locks which helps retain the dander. They are very smart dogs and also come in a variety of sizes - so if you’re after a small or a larger dog, the Poodle may be worth considering!

2. Portuguese Water Dog

When the Obamas were in search of a dog that wouldn't trigger his daughter's allergies, the President and First Lady eventually picked this fun-loving breed. Why? The Portuguese Water Dog produces little dander and doesn't shed much.

3. Airedale Terrier

Another favourite amongst those that are allergic is with the oft-considered largest and toughest of terriers due to its low dander production and short, wiry coat, which helps retain the dander.

4. Bichon Frisé

Don't let the puffed white coat fool you. The Bichon Frisé hardly sheds and produces very little dander. It's no wonder this breed is recommended for many dog allergy sufferers seeking an adorable lapdog.

5. West Highland White Terrier

The charming little “Westie” is known for being a friendly and strong-willed dog, but also for minimal shedding of their dense and wiry coat. The Westie’s coat also helps retain the small amount of dander it produces – another bonus!

Problem solved? Don’t forget, those with severe allergies and asthma may still be affected by a hypoallergenic breed. Therefore we recommend you always consult with your doctor before moving ahead with your decision to get a new canine best friend.

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