10 Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

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If you’ve always dreamed about having a furry companion, but have constant sneezing attacks around them, you are in luck! Not all dogs will send you running for the tissues. In fact there are about fifty dog breeds on record that do not produce the same allergic reactions as other dogs can. Every case is different and every person’s health (and dog’s) will vary, the breeds listed below produce less dander. Dander is composed of tiny flecks of skin and is the main reason for allergic reactions to dogs, cats, and other pets. Proteins found in saliva can also be an issue in dogs, since they clean themselves constantly and can transfer dander and saliva to different areas of their bodies and their homes. While these breeds are less likely to produce a reaction, it is also best to keep the dog off the furniture of someone who is usually allergic to dogs, out of that person’s bedroom, and to sweep and dust frequently.

1. Bichon Frise

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These tiny white dogs may be mistaken for cotton balls, but they certainly do not lack in personality. They are known for being playful and energetic and are ideal for families.

2. Portuguese Water Dog

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These are large, intelligent dogs that usually weigh in between 35 and 55 pounds. As their name suggests, they typically enjoy water activities that require lots of energy.

3. Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

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Originating from Ireland, these terriers are medium-sized and are known for their soft fur. They are very friendly and great for families.

4. Schnauzer

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Schnauzers come in several sizes ranging from miniature to standard to giant. They come in several variations of black, white, and silver, and are very adventurous.

5. Maltese

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This toy breed may be the smallest of the hypoallergenic dogs weighing in at less than 10 pounds. These tiny dogs are white and prefer your lap to any other place in the house.

6. Poodle

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Like the Schnauzers, this breed comes in a variety of sizes and colors. They are highly active and intelligent, requiring lots of exercise and interaction.

7. Airedale Terrier

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A medium-sized breed full of confidence and curiosity. These breeds can be stubborn but are highly intelligent.

8. Kerry Blue Terrier

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Not always blue, these terriers come in black, silver, and gray as well. They are medium-sized dogs, highly loyal, and love to be a part of the family.

9. Basenji

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This hound breed comes in at 20 to 25 pounds and has ears that stick up. They are very alert, curious dogs, and are usually found in combinations of white and black, tan, or red.

10. Miniature Bull Terrier

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This small, feisty terrier does not shed as much as many other breeds and has an easy to manage coat. These dogs are easy to train and love to please you almost as much as they love to play with you.