It’s heartbreaking to think that people’s allergies are impacting them so strongly that it is not a feasible option to welcome a dog into the family. While they may not be effective for every person who experiences dog allergies, there are solutions in place that can either alleviate the reactions or alleviate to the point the reactions seem non-existent.
In this day and age, medications and treatments are available to treat dog and cat allergies, but that option isn’t going to be available for everyone. This is why you might hear friends or family discussing “hypoallergenic” products as well because hypoallergenic indicates the product is less likely to cause an allergic reaction.
So what about hypoallergenic dogs?
What is a hypoallergenic dog?
“According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, as much as 10% of the U.S. population is allergic to dogs. While there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs, there are many breeds that do well with allergy sufferers. Dander, which is attached to pet hair, is what causes most pet allergies in humans and these dogs have a non-shedding coat that produces less dander.” - American Kennel Club (AKC)
Alright! So hypoallergenic dogs produce less dander which is what typically triggers pet allergies in humans. If you’re not familiar with hypoallergenic dog breeds, there’s a strong chance you’ve already met some and just didn’t know it.
Let’s get familiarized with 7 popular dog breeds that are deemed hypoallergenic.
7 Popular Dogs That Are Hypoallergenic
#1 | Bichon Frise
“A Bichon Frise is a small breed of dog of the bichon type. The Bichon Frise is a member of the Non-sporting Group of dog breeds in the United States, and a member of the Toy dog Group in the United Kingdom.” - Wiki
#2 | Schnauzers
“The term comes from the German word for "snout" and means colloquially "moustache", or "whiskered snout", because of the dog's distinctively bearded snout. Initially it was called Wire-Haired Pinscher, while Schnauzer was adopted in 1879.” - Wiki
Additionally, there are three Schnauzer types: Giant Schnauzers, Standard Schnauzers, and Miniature Schnauzers.
#3 | Poodle
“The Poodle is a dog breed that comes in three varieties: Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle, and Toy Poodle. The origin of the breed is still discussed, with a prominent dispute over whether the poodle descends from Germany as a type of water dog, or from the French Barbet.”
#4 | Yorkshire Terrier
“The Yorkshire Terrier is one of the smallest dog breed of terrier type, and of any dog breed. The breed developed during the 19th century in Yorkshire, England.” - Wiki
#5 | Maltese
“The Maltese is a breed of dog in the toy group. It is thought to have originated in south-central Europe from dogs of spitz type. Despite the name, it has no verified historic or scientific connection to the island of Malta.” - Wiki
#6 | Bolognese
“The Bolognese (pronounced [boloɲˈɲeːze]) is a small dog breed of the bichon type, originating in Italy. The name refers to the northern Italian city of Bologna. It is part of the toy dog group and is considered a companion dog.” - Wiki
#7 | Afghan Hound
“The Afghan Hound is a hound that is distinguished by its thick, fine, silky coat and its tail with a ring curl at the end. The breed is selectively bred for its unique features in the cold mountains of Afghanistan.” - Wiki
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