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So, you want a dog but you sneeze at the sight of fur? You're not alone! For dog lovers that are also prone to allergies, we're here to help. Because dog allergies so common, non-shedding/hypoallergenic pups are more popular than ever. Many pet lovers see hypoallergenic breeds as a livable alternative.
While there's no such thing as a 100% allergy-free dog, there are many dog breeds that won't cause a stuffy nose or runny eyes. The dogs usually considered to be “allergy-free” shed significantly less than other dogs. Dander, which is on pet hair, is what causes most pet allergies in humans. Dogs that are blessed with a non-shedding coat produce less dander, and consequently, less tissues for their humans.
Many pet owners love hypoallergenic breeds because their coat is much more predictable. Aside from allergies, this means less hair on your floors, furniture, and favourite black hoodie. Non-shedding dogs are on the hot list for many reasons. They result in less cleaning, but unfortunately for some, more grooming! So if you want to put away the lint roller and vacuum, be prepared for frequent trips to the doggy salon. If you're looking to keep the "ah-choos" under control, check out the list of Top 10 hypoallergenic dogs.
Poodles top the chart lists in every category. This versatile breed has beauty, brains, and you guessed it, a hypoallergenic coat! If you want a petite pooch or big buddy, Poodles come in every size to fit your lifestyle: Toy, Miniature, and Standard. This intelligent and responsive dog is famous for being practically odourless and its curly non-shedding coat.
Things are never dull with a teacup Yorkie around. These social creatures are happiest when they’re around humans. It’s not unusual to see these tiny dogs being carried around by their owners—they can fit in a bag or purse. Yorkshire Terriers make ideal pets since they can keep up with the fast-paced jetsetter because they’re so adaptable.
Miniature Schnauzers are the smallest of the three Schnauzer breeds. They have a big personality, are often outgoing, and fairly active. Bred with strong observant skills, Miniature Schnauzers make for great watchdogs, protective of you and your home. This breed is adaptable, able to go from roaming large expanses of farmland to small apartments. They enjoy physical activity and love spending time kids.
The Maltese is a charming cutie you definitely won't mind sitting on your lap. Imagine an all-white cuddle buddy that doesn't leave your clothes covered with dog hair! Since Maltese are hypoallergenic, their non-shedding coat requires a great deal of grooming. Regular brushing and hair cuts are necessary to prevent mats and remove dirt from their long, silky hair.
This pup is as fancy as its name! The Bichon Frise is portable and adorable pup that prides itself on its hypoallergenic coat. Their white powder puff hair shouldn't be a problem if you suffer from allergies. As close to dander-less as possible, the Bichon must get trimmed regularly to stay in prim and proper condition.
With their woolly, lamb-like coats, it's no surprise these cuties shed so little. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are among a group of small terrier dogs that shed minimally. This is a spirited and energetic dog that loves to get outside and exercise! Once they've had their activity for the day, it will happily come inside to cuddle without all the "ah-choos”.
This big and active breed is the perfect fit for families that are on the move and always up for an adventure! Portuguese Water Dogs have a single layer of fur, rather than hair. Their curly coat classifies as hypoallergenic as it rarely sheds. Porties are a great option for those wanting a medium sized dog that is active, playful and good with kids—especially with allergies.
The Chinese Crested is as unique as they come, or what we like to call, the unicorn of dog world! With little to no hair on their bodies, the Chinese Crested strut their slim figure with the utmost confidence. Non-barking, friendly, and playful, these pups are great with kids—but they can be little clingy, so be sure to have lots of cuddles and attention in store. Their hairless bodies makes shedding nearly impossible. No hair means no allergies!
If you want a big buddy, but not all hair that comes with it, the Giant Schnauzer may be for you! This is a great choice for someone looking for a natural protector, that is also very sweet and loving. Fearless and loyal, Giant Schnauzer's are extremely good lookers with their hypoallergenic coat! Their double coat consists of a soft undercoat and a rougher top coat, which keeps the hair from shedding too much.
What a treat it is to be around the charming and bright Coton de Tulear! They’re a small, companion breed that are perfect for those looking for entertainment and friendship. It’s also named for its soft, fluffy, non-shedding hypoallergenic coat that looks like cotton, or “coton” in French. Coton owners say their dogs are like little, affectionate humans, and are happiest when they are constantly by the sides of their humans.