- Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds
Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds
So, you want a dog but have always had an allergy attack whenever you've been around one -- you're not alone! According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, as much as 10% of the population in the U.S. is allergic to dogs. While no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, there are a variety of breeds that do well with allergy sufferers. These dogs have a predictable, non-shedding coat which produces less dander. Dander, which is attached to pet hair, is what causes most pet allergies in humans.
There are also ways to prep your home that will help keep allergens at bay when you have a dog. Be sure to wash your pet's bed often, keep up with his grooming, and don't let him sleep on your bed. It's also helpful to remove heavy carpets and drapes that trap dander.
Find out more about the most popular dog breeds in America.
Best Breeds for Allergy Sufferers
Afghan Hounds are known for being aloof and dignified. They require regular exercise and grooming. They should be bathed and brushed twice a week.
American Hairless Terrier
The American Hairless Terrier is a lively, friendly, and intelligent companion. The breed does well with children and is also good for city dwellers due to their minimal exercise needs -- regular walks and indoor playtime will do. They also need regular bathing and nail trimming.
The gentle, loveable Bedlington Terrier is known for its curly, wooly coat that resembles a lamb. The breed doesn't need intense exercise -- regular playtime and daily walks will do.
The Bichon Frise is a naturally gentle, happy, playful dog that loves activity. The Bichon's hair continually grows and doesn't shed, so regular grooming is important to prevent mats.
The Chinese Crested is an alert, playful dog that thrives on human companionship. They are small and do well in families with gentle children. Cresteds shed little to no hair.