Sniffle, sniffle, pass the tissues please; the dog is making me sneeze. You love German shepherds and pugs but they’re just not practical when you have pet dander allergies. Give your sinuses a break with a low-dander, hypoallergenic breed.
What Makes a Breed Hypoallergenic?
Hypoallergenic dogs are those breeds that shed less than their counterparts, thus producing far less allergy-inducing dander. You can even further reduce dander in your home with regular vacuuming and the use of a HEPA air filter. Though no dog is 100 percent hypoallergenic, with regular grooming these breeds provide a happy medium for the dog-loving allergy sufferer.
Airedales are the intellectuals of the canine world. They’re also the largest in the terrier family. Weighing in between 40 and 60 pounds, they thrive with mental stimulation and frequent exercise; these aren’t quiet apartment dogs. Airedales are lively, sometimes stubborn companions who do best with a bit of obedience training and an abundance of room to play.
These little beauties have a coat that resembles a bunch of cotton balls. Thankfully for allergy sufferers, they don’t shed it all over the house. Bichons are a cheerful, happy-go-lucky small breed content to cuddle and play with other dogs and humans alike.
Chinese cresteds come in two varieties, hairless and powderpuff, and weigh between 10 and 15 pounds. You should take extra care with their skin, as Chinese cresteds are prone to sunburn and skin irritation due to their lack of fur. This breed craves human companionship, and does well in families with children. Her playful nature allows her to romp with the kids, but she’s also a devoted lap dog, ready to cuddle the night away.
Poodles, both standard and miniature, are some of the most popular hypoallergenic dogs around. Though they are quite adaptable to most living situations, they do require daily exercise and mental stimulation. The standard poodle’s enthusiastic spirit makes him a good choice for families with children, while the miniature poodle prefers a quieter home.
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
The soft-coated wheaten terrier is a ball of energy. He behaves well with children and other pets, and excels in obedience and agility training. Weighing in between 30 and 45 pounds, he makes an excellent medium-sized companion for those looking for a running or hiking partner.
Christina Stephens is a writer from Portland, Ore. whose main areas of focus are pets and animals, travel and literature. A veterinary assistant, she taught English in South Korea and holds a BA in English with cum laude honors from Portland State University.