Truth be known, there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic breed of dog, although some dogs may be less allergenic than others.
A dog’s hair, skin and saliva can trigger an allergy in susceptible people and the trigger varies from person to person. It is thought that dogs who have a continuously growing coat requiring regular clipping, are less allergenic to people than breeds who shed hair.
We’ve compiled a list of 10 of the top breeds to investigate for people with allergies:
- Airedale Terrier
- Bedlington Terrier
- Bichon Frise
- Chinese Crested
- Poodles*- all sizes- Toy, miniature and Standard
- Portuguese water dogs
- Miniature Schnauzer (also Standard)
- Shih Tzu
- Yorkshire Terriers
When you’re looking for a particular dog or breed its best to spend some quality time with them to ensure allergies are not triggered, so that you know upfront before you take them to their forever home.
Of course, when choosing your breed you need 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, Veterinary expenses and grooming all comes into it. This will ensure you will find your best match and friend for life.
*Just a note re oodles (Poodle crosses) – being crossed with a Poodle is no guarantee they will retain the coat characteristics of the Poodles.