Top 10 Dog Breeds for Dog Lovers with Allergies
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, about 10 percent of Americans are allergic to dogs. Common allergies associated with canines include dander, hair, or a combination of both. Usually allergic reactions are quite mild, resulting in sneezing and itchy eyes, but others can experience asthma attacks and even constricted breathing.
10. Irish Water Spaniel
Like many dogs on this list, the Irish Water Spaniel is a breed that requires plenty of exercise, as work comes naturally with these dogs. The Irish Water Spaniel is a very rare spaniel breed that has a hairless tail but plenty of hair on the rest of its body. The breed has a tight curly coat that does not shed often or much, making it a canine companion that is ideal for those with allergies.
9. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
One of the many terriers on this list, the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, often more simply known as Wheatens, are very active dogs that love and need daily exercise. The breed originated in Ireland and is very similar to most terriers, but is unique in its very soft and silky coat. The breed is also well known for being a life-long puppy that thrives on being playful and merry. The breed is single-coated, which eliminates a great deal of shedding, but grooming is needed in order to prevent any matting that may occur.
8. Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terriers, often referred to as “Yorkies”, are the poster dogs for yappy canines that bubble with affection, energy, and a lack of fear. Despite their size, Yorkies will bark at pretty much anything, can be territorial, and aren’t afraid to stand up against larger breeds. The Yorkshire Terrier was originally bred to work as a ratting dog, and today the Yorkie has become an extremely popular breed, especially for those with allergies.
7. Portuguese Water Dog
As you may have expected, the Portuguese Water Dog makes the list, as the breed is not only great for dog lovers with allergies, but has become extremely popular due to the Obama Family and their White House dog “Bo.” This breed is very energetic, active, and requires daily exercise. The breed is intelligent and obedient, but sometimes high energy levels can make training an obstacle.
The Schnauzer is a breed said to have originated in Germany, and is said to be a cross between a Poodle and Affenpinscher. Schnauzers come in three different breed sizes, and can range from 11 to 30 pounds. While these dogs aren’t big by any means, Schnauzers are very protective and will bark at any new faces that may come into its home
The Havanese is very comparable to the Bichon Frise, except the breed is native to Cuba, hence its name meaning “Little Dog from Havana.” The breed dates back to the time of the Cuban Revolution and slowly gained popularity in the U.S. years later. A very playful dog, the Havanese is another breed that does not shed much at all.
Originally bred on the Island of Malta, the Maltese is another breed that is commonly compared to the Bichon Frise. The Maltese is a very active and playful dog for its small size, and short walks are ideal in order to keep them well-exercised. This breed is well known for its long, pure white coat that requires daily brushing and grooming to avoid matting and tangles. Grooming is also necessary to prevent tear-staining around the eyes.
3. Bichon Frise
As this breed’s name translates to in French, the Bichon Frise is truly a curly lap dog that is soft, cuddly, fluffy, and everything you’d expect out of a big puff of fur. The Bichon Frise is a playful dog, despite its size and is known for its gentle nature, making it a great dog for any family. This breed has an all-white coat that has very minimal shedding, which means that grooming is a must-do as the hair can easily become matted if not taken care of properly.
Though Poodles are often conceived as girlie dogs, the Poodle is actually a smart breed. Along with their intelligence, they are extremely obedient and highly trainable, which has landed them spots in European circuses dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The Poodle also sports a coat that does not shed. Because of this, the amount of hair that may cause one to sneeze is highly reduced.
1. Chinese Crested
Lively, alert, and playful are perfect descriptions for the Chinese Crested. While the Chinese Crested may not be the most aesthetic dog on this list, the breed stands as one of the few that is known to be, for the most part, hairless. The Chinese Crested only has hair on its head, feet, and tail. With a lack of hair, the amount of dander and stray dog hair is minimal.