People love their pooches and with good reason. Unfortunately, dogs (and cats) can present sizeable drawbacks for those who suffer from allergies, making this man-beast bond hard to establish. How many people? WebMD estimates that about 3 percent of people are specifically allergic to dogs. President Obama was one such sufferer, for example, which is why he opted for Portuguese Water Dogs as White House canine companions when he took office. Why? Because this breed is considered hypoallergenic—which in laymen’s terms means it doesn’t cause allergic reactions. It also means they tend not to shed or generate a lot of dander, both of which incite problems. The demand for hypoallergenic dogs has fostered a boom in demand for doodles of any kind, which is a mix of a poodle (which doesn’t shed at all) with almost any other breed. Think Goldendoodles, Labradoodles, Bernie doodles, etc. But doodles aren’t the only option. There are lots of other dogs that shed little or not at all and WellWell has identified some of the best options.
This breed dates back centuries in China. Known as “lion dogs,” they have a startling and regal appearance and a friendly persona. But as with many of these hypoallergenic breeds, their low hair requires regular grooming.
This wiry-haired dog is great for two reasons. Its coat is hypoallergenic and this small pooch is low maintenance when it comes to grooming.
Maltese dogs are a big favorite when it comes to people looking for hypoallergenic dogs. Small, friendly and low shedding, they present a winning combination for many. Their long coats do require a little daily combing though.
These quiet canine companions are not only beautiful, but they also don’t shed and require only minimal grooming. One consideration, however. Their thin coats mean that they are not really suited to cold climates.
For the allergenic, what’s better than a hairless toy Chinese Crested? Not much. Fun and affectionate, they are often cited as one of the best dogs for allergy sufferers.
The Coton barely sheds and rarely aggravates allergies, according to the Coton de Tulear Club of America, making it a prized pick among hypoallergenic dogs. Fluffy, white and fun, they are often described as silly and clownish dogs that develop strong bonds with their owners.
Anyone looking for an athletic outdoor alternative might want to consider the Basenji. Originally bred as a hunting dog in central Africa, Basenjis are very intelligent and curious. And, of course, they barely shed.
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