Truth be known, there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic breed of dog. A dog’s hair, skin and saliva can trigger an allergy in susceptible people and the trigger varies person to person. It’s thought that dogs that have a continuously growing coat requiring regular clipping cause less allergies than breeds that don’t.
When you’re looking for a particular dog or breed its best to spend some quality time with them before you take them to their forever home, just to make sure those allergies aren’t rearing their ugly head.
We’ve compiled a list of 10 of the top breeds to investigate when allergies are a concern:
- Airedale Terrier
- Bedlington Terrier
- Bichon Frise
- Chinese Crested
- Poodles- all sizes- Toy, miniature and Standard
- Portuguese water dogs
- Minature Schnauzer (also Standard)
- Shih Tzu
- Yorkshire Terriers
Just a note re oodles (poodle crosses). Whilst beautiful pets and usually less likely to trigger allergies there is no guarantee they will retain the coat characteristics of the Poodles.
Of course, choosing your breed needs to consider more than just your allergies – where they are to be housed, how much time you have to spend brushing daily, time available for exercising and your budget for food and grooming all comes into it. This will ensure you will find your best match and mate for life.