Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds Top Dog Breeds for Allergy Sufferers By Jenna Stregowski, RVT, About.com Guide
Hypoallergenic dog breeds can be a great option for some dog lovers who suffer from allergies. No dog is 100% non-allergenic, but some dogs are basically "low-allergy." Though they shed little to no hair and less dander than typical dogs, all dogs will shed some dander - even hairless dogs. Generally, dogs without hair or with continuously growing hair tend to be the most hypoallergenic. However, some of these dogs will need to be kept on a strict grooming schedule. Please note that some people are actually allergic to dog saliva. Unfortunately, there are no specific breeds with "hypoallergenic saliva."
Potentially Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds Basenji Bedlington Terrier Bichon Frise Border Terrier Chinese Crested Coton de Tulear Havanese Irish Water Spaniel Kerry Blue Terrier Maltese Poodle Portuguese Water Dog Puli Schnauzer Shih Tzu Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Xoloitzcuintli Yorkshire Terrier
Hybrid Dogs and Mixed Breed Dogs
Hybrid dogs are the result of controlled cross-breeding. Dogs such as Labradoodles and Goldendoodles are crossed with Poodles and tend to take on their hypoallergenic qualities. Dogs that are mixed with known hypoallergenic breeds can sometimes be considered low-allergy, but one never knows the true makeup of a mutt. If you suffer from allergies, but find a mixed-breed dog that you think might be hypoallergenic, try spending some time with the dog to see how you react. Managing Your Allergies Depending on the severity of your allergies, you may still be able to live happily with dogs. The key is to minimize the amount of allergens in your home. Vacuum your rugs and upholstery frequently and wash your curtains and drapes often. Consider using some type of air purifier. You can also talk to your physician about medical therapies