What Dogs Are Hypoallergenic?
If you are interested in adopting a new puppy but you or someone in your family suffers from allergies, or you simply want a non-shedding dog, there are many hypoallergenic breeds to choose from. However, hypoallergenic does not mean that a dog does not shed. Most people with allergies to dogs are susceptible most to dogs dander, saliva, or urine. It’s a common misconception that dog hair, from shedding, is what causes allergic reactions in people. It’s true that a dog that sheds will likely have dander, or outside allergens, attached to their hair, but the hair is not necessarily the catalyst to allergic reactions. If you simply don’t want to clean up the tufts of shed hair around your home, then you’ll need to look into dogs that don’t shed. This list, unfortunately, is not for you. If allergies are your main concern, you’ll want to search for a dog who produce less dander and saliva than the average breed. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled this list of the best hypoallergenic dogs.
Here are our top 3 picks for the Best Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds:
The Maltese are a little-pampered pooch perfect for someone looking for a hypoallergenic lap dog. Maltese are sweet, playful and easygoing. They make great emotional support animals since they love being near their human and don’t seem to mind being carried around in public. Their desire to please makes them a highly trainable dog breed. Their small size (4-7 pounds) also requires minimal exercise. As a result, Maltese can thrive in apartments or small homes. Maltese are sturdy dogs with few health problems and an above average lifespan of 15 plus years. However, just like all purebred dogs, they are prone to certain genetic issues so make sure your puppy comes from a reputable breeder. Brushing their teeth daily and scheduling regular teeth cleanings with your vet will help prevent any dental diseases or disorders. Maltese have little to no shedding but daily brushing is recommended to catch any loose hair and keep mats from forming. Their noticeable lack of shedding helps add to their hypoallergenic nature, but outdoor allergens are likely to be trapped in their lustrous coat. If you plan on keeping their hair long it is best to bathe once a week or once every two to three weeks for shorter cuts. Overall Maltese are easy to take care of, healthy, loving dogs. They are a true companion who’s eager to cuddle, which makes their hypoallergenic nature that much more important for allergy sufferers.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a medium sized dog that stands around 17-19 inches tall, weighs about 30-40 pounds, and has an average lifespan of 12-14 years. The breed was developed in Ireland as a working farm and a small game hunting dog. The fur of the Soft Coated Wheaten is different than any other terrier, with its soft and wavy, single coat, rather than the double, rough coat of most other terriers. They do not shed but require regular brushing to prevent matting. Unlike the Maltese, the Wheaten will not trap as many outdoor allergens with their coat, making the best hypoallergenic dogs. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are lively and playful. They are very people-oriented and make great family and watchdogs. Typically Wheatens are friendlier and get along with other dogs better than other terriers. They love playing outside so they are perfect for a family with an adventurous lifestyle. They do require regular and vigorous exercise, and because of those needs, they do best in a home that has a yard. If their owner is very active they are adaptable and can still do well in any environment as long as they are properly exercised. If you are looking for a fun-loving, affectionate and active dog that you can take to the beach or park and never have to worry about cleaning up a hairy mess or triggering your allergies, then the Soft Coated Wheaten is a great choice.
Our number 1 pick for best hypoallergenic dog breed is the Standard Poodle. Standard poodles are prized for their intelligence, trainability, and good manners. They are medium-large dogs that weigh around 45-70 pounds. Poodles are considered one of the most intelligent dog breeds, which is certainly an added bonus if you’re a hypoallergenic dog breed. In fact, they were once popular circus dogs because of their easy trainability. They are patient and get along with people of all ages making them a great choice for families with young children. Standard poodles adapt well to apartment life so long as they are properly exercised. Standard poodles have fairly low exercise needs but do require a daily walk. Many poodles enjoy playing in the water. Possibly due to their common ancestor the French Water Dog, which was used to retrieve waterfowl for hunters. Standard poodles have a life expectancy of 12-15 years and are a relatively healthy breed, though common issues can include hip dysplasia, allergies, skin conditions, and cataracts. It is also recommended you feed 2-3 smaller meals a day versus 1 large meal as they bloat easily. Poodles are an all around great dog that can adapt to many living situations and are one of the most easily trained dogs for first-time pet owners. Couple those traits with the Standard Poodles well known hypoallergenic coat and you have the ideal hypoallergenic dog breed.
Though this list of the best hypoallergenic dogs is not exhaustive, it is in our opinion the best guide to selecting a hypoallergenic dog with the least chance of triggering allergies. Contact us for information about other hypoallergenic dog breeds avilable.