If you’re a dog lover who is allergic to dogs, you might think you’ll never be able to have your own hound. But don’t give up on your puppy dreams just yet - thanks to so-called hypoallergenic dogs, it’s still a paws-ibility!
These are dog breeds that don’t shed hair or shed very little, producing less dander and making them the best companions for owners with allergies. Technically, no dog is completely hypoallergenic; any breed could still cause symptoms because of a protein in their saliva and urine. However, if your allergies are mainly triggered by fur, it is well worth looking into these breeds.
It’s not only owners with an allergy that might benefit from choosing a breed who doesn’t shed much hair. Anyone who would prefer to keep their house as hair-free as possible will also be grateful to learn there are breeds that don’t shed out there.
Poodles are famed for being hypoallergenic, but there are plenty more breeds out there too. We’re sharing just three dogs that shed very little here - one small, one medium and one large breed. With many options though, research and spending time with those you’re considering is a must before picking your new canine pal.
Small breed - Maltese
The Maltese is around 20-25cm in height and are playful, eager to please pups, making them a contender for the ultimate lapdog.
At first glance, you might assume their long silky coats would be sure to shed. Their fur is a little different to other canines though, as they actually have hair like humans and no undercoat. This means minimal shedding, if any!
They do require a good brush every day to keep their coat in top condition, but this is the only trouble their hair should give you.
Medium breed - Basenji
Not only are Basenjis meticulous when it comes to keeping themselves clean, they shed next to no hair and produce little dander. As a result, many owners with allergies or those who don’t want to spend too much time hoovering up hairs find they are a good match.
These are loyal pooches with an independent nature, who tend to be affectionate with their family but a little more aloof with strangers. They’re known for the unique ‘yodel’ sound they make instead of barking.
Large breed - Giant Schnauzer
Giant Schnauzers, like the rest of the Schnauzer family, don’t shed thanks to their wiry coats and are another breed known to produce less dander, so long as they are regularly groomed and clipped.
The breed is known for its high energy levels, so need an active owner who is committed to giving them all the exercise they require. In return, they are sure to provide you with lots of love and laughs!
Other tips for reducing dog allergy symptoms and keeping the house hair-free
- Wash and groom your dog regularly, and wipe them down with a warm, damp cloth a few times a week if needed
- Wash their bedding regularly and dust and clean anywhere they spend time
- Have a dog-free zone in your house
- Speak to your doctor about what specifically is causing your allergy and how to manage the symptoms
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