Hypoallergenic dogs are those that have non-shedding coats that have less dander. For dog lovers that have the misfortune of being allergic to dogs, hypoallergenic dogs are the way to go. Dander is a substance present in dog hair that causes most dog allergies; the lesser the dander the less allergic reactions. No dog is 100% hypoallergenic but there are some breeds that are less allergic than others.Other than getting a hypoallergenic dog, you also have to keep your home and pet clean to avoid allergies. This includes washing/grooming your pets
and pet beds regularly, removing heavy carpets and drapes can help get rid of dander in your home.If you're allergic to dogs, here are 6 breeds that you should consider getting:
- Poodles – These adorable dogs are great family pets. They have minimal shedding and can be trained easily. Poodles also come in different sizes so you can pick between a standard size poodle to a toy sized one. Poodles are very intelligent dogs that make for great companions.
- Bichon Frise – Bichon Frise are tiny dogs that rarely shed. They need to be brushed regularly as their fur is curly and poofy. Bichon Frise is a tiny dog that maxes out at 12 inches tall and has a long life span of about 15 years. Thanks to their tiny size, they can get plenty of exercise indoors. A Bichon Frise is a great family dog that is cheerful and friendly.
- Maltese – These tiny pooches are cheerful and active. They have long fur that is soft and silky. Maltese are relatively high maintenance as they need to be brushed daily but they are great for those suffering from allergies as shedding is significantly reduced. Maltese are playful, fearless dogs that are perfect for those with an active lifestyle.
- Afghan Hound – If your ideal dog is a big, goofy yet classy dog, Afghan Hounds are the way to go. Everything about them screams dignity yet they are usually aloof and cheerful. Afghan Hounds are high maintenance dogs as they have long fur. They need to be bathed and groomed at least twice a week.
- Labradoodle – Cute and fluffy, labradoodles are a mix of Labrador retrievers and Poodles. These tiny dogs with their curly fur do not shed much and thus are ideal for allergic owners. Just remember that not all Labradoodles are hypoallergenic.
- Yorkie – If you do not go out much and prefer to stay indoors, Yorkies are the way to go. These tiny munchkins are only 6-7 inches tall and can have plenty of fun indoors. Yorkies need to be groomed regularly but they do not shed or have lots of dander.