Getting the sniffles and sneezes when you're near animals shouldn't stop you from getting a pet. According to the American Kennel Club, there are plenty of hypo-allergenic dogs that would make a perfect sneeze-free companion.
Hypoallergenic means the animal contain fewer allergy-producing substances, known as allergens. Allergens can cause symptoms such as runny eyes, itching and even swelling. However, it's important to establish that NO dog breed is 100% hypo-allergenic or allergen-free; however, some breeds are less likely to stimulate allergy symptoms.
If you're looking for a pet who is less likely to trigger your allergies, here are 15 hypo-allergenic canine companions:
These small watchdogs shed minimally and are good guard dogs as well as pets. They may look very serious, but they're extremely playful and very trainable.
All poodles (standard, toy, miniature and most of their designer variations) are hypo-allergenic. Poodles are smart, easy to train and very friendly; making them one of the most popular dog breeds, according to AKC.
Yorkies pack a lot of personality into their tiny bodies. Their fur is very fine and silky; with minimal allergens. However, they require regular grooming to keep their hair in good condition.
Shih Tzus date back to the Tang Dynasty and were originally bred as royal companions. Happy to curl up on a lap after a walk, these dogs are affectionate yet lively and cheerful—and low-shedding.
Maltese are small, weighing an average of just seven pounds; but they are also smart and agile. Their all-white coats are hypo-allergenic, but require regular brushing and professional grooming.
Portuguese Water Dog
The Portuguese Water Dog was originally bred to help fishermen by driving fish into nets and collecting equipment from the water. If you recognise the breed, it's because the Obama family had two (Sunny and Bo).
The stubborn but loveable Scottie were originally bred as a hunter of vermin. Their wiry, thick coats helped them keep warm in cold environments.
Good news for big dog lovers, Giant Schnauzers are also hypoallergenic. The largest of the three Schnauzer types, they can grow to 75 pounds. They have an intelligent, task-focused temperament; but are friendly and playful too.
West Highland Terrier
The Westie is often described as a big dog in a small dog's body. These friendly, lively dogs are always cheerful and up for playtime. But most importantly, they shed minimally.
These beautiful dogs are know by their long locks. They don't shed but their long fur requires intensive grooming to keep it in good condition. Afghans are sighthounds that require a lot of exercise but love being around their families.
Basenjis originated as African hunting dogs, but surprisingly, they rarely yap or bark. These dogs have very short, fine hair that does not shed; making them low maintenance in terms of grooming.
A relative of the Westie, Cairn Terriers are similar in personality and looks. The Cairn Terrier was made famous by Toto in The Wizard of Oz. These playful, entertaining pups make great companions won't make you sneeze.
The American Kennel Club described these dogs as "terriers in sheep's clothing" because of their lamb-like looks. Bedlingtons are known for their curly hair and the unusual tuft of hair on their heads.
These tiny but majestic dogs originated from Tibet. Lhasa Apsos are less than a foot high at the shoulder and recognisable by their long, floor-length coat. Many people choose to give their Lhasa Apso a "puppy cut" to save on the grooming costs.
Bichons are actually bred to be hypo-allergenic. They have soft, fluffy fur with cockscrew curls. The Bishon's compact stature makes them the perfect cuddly dog for a small space.
The Havanese is the national dog of Cuba. Havanese have long coats but are hypo-allergenic and non-shedding, making them ideal for allergy sufferers. These dogs are very people-oriented and enjoy spending time with their owners, but can be a little clingy (or one person oriented).
In conclusion, Dogs are a great addition to the family. Dogs help fight depression, anxiety and stress. They provide companionship and combat loneliness. Dogs bring joy and unconditional love ♡.
This blog post is for entertainment purposes; it's not meant as a resource for selecting a new dog or pet. Consult your veterinarian or medical professional when you are ready to adopt a hypoallergenic family member.