Many people struggle with allergies that make them absolutely miserable whenever a four-legged companion is in the room. No matter how much you love Golden Retrievers, at the end of the day, the itchy eyes and constant sneezing will make you wish you’d brought home a goldfish instead. While no dog is 100 percent hypoallergenic, there are many breeds with consistent and predictable coats that are recommended for allergy sufferers. These breeds have non-shedding coats, which produce less dander. It’s actually the skin dander attached to pet hair that causes most pet allergies in humans.
Hypoallergenic dog breeders are easily found when you know what you’re looking for! We put together a quick list of the 5 most popular allergy-friendly pups:
Poodles & Doodles (all sizes)
Probably the first breed that comes to mind, Poodles and most Poodle mixes (Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, Sheepadoodles, etc) are considered the most popular breed for owners seeking a fur-free lifestyle! No matter the size, Poodles are renowned for a playful but dignified personality and keen intelligence. When it comes to training, this is an “A” student, and the Poodle excels at performance sports such as obedience, agility, and hunt tests.
Portuguese Water Dog
Portuguese Water Dogs are known for two things: their skill in the water and their sense of humor. This breed was used on Portuguese fishing boats to herd fish, catch fish, and carry messages between boats. The fishermen regarded them as part of the crew and allowed them to eat the fish and even paid the dogs for their services. The camaraderie of the fishing boat made them people dogs, they love spending time with their families and want to be included in all family activities. These dogs are excellent with children and make a companion for active families.
The Maltese has been around since Medieval Times, and has been a companion dog from the very beginning. Whereas other small breeds are often the result of breeding larger dogs down to size, the Maltese started off as small as they are today. They are sturdy little dogs, however, who love to play hard and can keep up with dogs twice their size.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are puppies for life. They are joyful, energetic and affectionate and never lose their love of play time. They are more friendly and easy going than other terrier breeds and generally get along well with other dogs. Wheatens are very people-oriented and enjoy the company of well-behaved children. Wheatens expect to be invited along for all outdoor family activities, and want to participate 100%. They are perfect for an active family!
Schnauzer (all sizes)
Schnauzers come in miniature, standard, and giant sizes. Their personality is sometimes mischievous, always clever, and inevitably dignified. They learn quickly and want to please, which makes them great therapy dogs. And when socialized with children, they make an excellent and affectionate companion for the younger members of the family. Schnauzers are a “people person” all the way: extroverted with moderately high energy, they just want to have fun. And being with you is fun, no matter what you do. They are incredibly loyal to family — and require a great deal of attention.