There is no dog breed that is 100 percent hypoallergenic. However, there are a number of purebreds and hybrids that are less likely to cause allergic reactions. The key to finding an allergy friendly dog, is to look for breeds that drop less dander around the house. It is not the pup's coat that causes the allergic reaction, but enzymes in its saliva that stick to its hair and skin after the pup has licked it. When the dead skin, or dander, is shed, everyone around the pup breathes it in. Breeds that shed less hair also shed less dander and generally are considered less of an allergy risk.
Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds
Poodles, and poodle hybrids, such as the labradoodle or cockapoo, come high up on the hypoallergenic breed list. Water dog breeds, such as the Spanish and Portuguese varieties, also shed less, likely one reason Bo Obama made it to the White House. Bichon frise, Maltese, schnauzers and several of the terrier breeds, including the Bedlington and Kerry blue make it onto the American Kennel Club list of low-shedding breeds. Almost hairless dog breeds, like the Chinese crested, are also listed.
Based in London, Eleanor McKenzie has been writing lifestyle-related books and articles since 1998. Her articles have appeared in the "Palm Beach Times" and she is the author of numerous books published by Hamlyn U.K., including "Healing Reiki" and "Pilates System." She holds a Master of Arts in informational studies from London University.