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Do you want to adopt your own furry feline friend but are allergic to pets? Some of the breeds are considered hypoallergenic, which means that they do not produce allergens. In all fairness, all pets produce dander, but the real culprit is Fel d 1, which is a protein that is present in the saliva of cats. Technically speaking, there is no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic breed. However, if your allergy is not really severe, these breeds come quite close. Let’s take a look:
- Devon Rex – This independent cat breed is ideal for working families. It showers attention and love on people when they are around and stays out of harm’s way when they are not. Since the breed sheds very little, you can rest assured that allergies are a long shot with this breed.
- Cornish Rex – This strikingly unusual cat breed, recognizable by its oval head, large ears and long legs, is known for being attention seeking and affectionate. This highly active cat breed bonds very well with its owners.
- Javanese – This breed has a high level of intelligence and is one of the few breeds that seem to understand when they are spoken to. It is known for looking people straight in the eye when responding. They are also extremely loyal and can be trained easily.
- Sphynx – Although they appear hairless, they are covered with gossamery down that can be barely felt. In texture, their skin resembles warm suede and they are wrinkled between the ears, around the shoulders and muzzle. A highly well behaved and high energy cat, the breed is a true extrovert that loves the attention of humans.
- Balinese – The Balinese is known for its silky coat and minimal shedding. They are really fond of interacting with humans and are known for being the most intelligent of all breeds. They are good humored, good natured and high spirited.
- Oriental Shorthair – This long and slender breed is known for its large ears and almond shaped eyes. It belongs to the Siamese family, but is not as talkative as the Siamese. However, they love being the center of attention. Give them some love and they will return it manifold.
- Russian Blue – This breed, named after its coat, is known for its curious and slightly upturned smile, which is often compared to the Mona Lisa. It can spend hours amusing itself and doesn’t mind being left alone the whole day. Reserved, elegant and playful, they love chasing sunbeams and toys.
- Bengal – Although they are not lap cats, they enjoy the company of humans and stay close to their family members. They especially love the company of children and their energetic nature makes them the perfect play buddies.