If you love dogs passionately but have an allergy, you need not spend your life looking at pictures of other people cuddling their furry friends and playing with them! While you may not be able to acquire any breed of dog, there are some breeds of dogs that you can consider adopting, that are touted as hypo-allergenic. At any rate there are many dogs that shed very less or are hairless, which are ideal for allergy sufferers – here are 10 best of such breeds in the following list.
These round puffy furballs love human company and are generally very jolly and active, with a life expectancy of nearly 15 years. They are easy to train and are very sociable – they like to make friends wherever they go, so make sure you take your fluffy out often! They get along with other dogs, pets and children quite easily, so you will be bringing home the most jovial little family member indeed! Though they get their exercise playing around the house, making them ideal companions for families that live in apartments, they really need their daily walk, being very active in nature. Don’t be fooled by the overly furry coat – they shed little to no hair at all! They have a double coat – a soft dense undercoat and a coarser and curlier outer coat. You have to brush and trim their curly hair regularly and they will shed very little indeed!
Portuguese Water Dog
This water-loving dog also sheds little to no hair at all! The growth of the coat is lower than that of poodles, and doesn’t require clipping or scissoring too often. However, it should be brushed and combed regularly. It is medium-sized and muscular, with webbed feet which help it in indulging in its world’s favorite exercise – swimming! This curly-haired dog is lively, fun to be around, amusing, and extremely loyal and affectionate towards its family. These creatures are also very friendly and sociable; they get along with other dogs and children quite easily. They are very faithful and obedient, with a keen sense of smell, all of which make them good watch-dogs. The current president of USA who is also allergic chose this breed for himself, and now he has two of these fun canine companions!
This elegant Italian breed was preferred by many noblewomen of the Middle Ages in Italy and can be found featuring in many of the ancient portraits commissioned by the wealthy patrons to famous artists. This greyhound, the smallest of the sighthounds (those breeds that hunt by sight) is a very fast runner (top speed 25 miles per hour!) and retains its instinct for hunting and chasing small game – it will chase anything that moves! It has a small muscular body with a short odorless coat, making it an excellent choice for all the allergic dog enthusiasts. It has a curious and investigative mind, and will demand a lot of your attention. It is very gentle-mannered and affectionate, though a tad bit shy towards strangers. However, it likes sunny weather, and you will have to fluff it up in sweaters and booties during winters or if you live in a colder climate.
American Hairless Terrier
These dogs are born with a scant fuzzy hair all over their bodies, which they shed as they grow older, and by the end of six weeks they will be utterly hairless and for good. This makes it a good choice for allergic people who want to adopt dogs. They form strong bonds with children, even more so if they are raised with them from puppyhood. Unlike other dogs, it will actually sweat when it is feeling hot or frightened. Their bare skin need to be protected from the sun, so apply sunscreen and make them wear a shirt. They also get pimples, but they go away on their own. They also need protection in winter, as they do not have naturally protecting fur or hair. They have a purely terrier temperament, with all the traits of alertness, intelligence and fearlessness of the best terriers.
Coton de Tulear
Coton is the French word for cotton, and as the name suggests, it is a cottony ball of fluffy fun! It is extremely friendly and fun-loving, full of tricks and surprises, guaranteed to make your days full of frolic and laughter! They are also very sociable, and are friendly towards other dogs, pets and children, making them an excellent choice as an all-round family companion. This quick-learner has an adorable trait of jumping up and walking on its hind legs – they will do anything to please their master, with whom they will want to spend the majority of their time. The long hair requires careful and regular grooming – it should be brushed and the dead hair should be combed out. They are a good option for allergy sufferers who want a dog, for they shed little to no hair at all.
Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier
These terriers have a soft coat which becomes fuzzy if brushed, so it needs to be regularly combed out right from their puppyhood – this prevents any tangling and prevents shedding. As this dog doesn’t shed in spring and fall, it is an excellent option for allergic owners. This is a friendly and alert terrier, that makes a good watchdog – it barks at the arrival of guests and strangers. They are however very friendly with children and other dogs – they will chase cats as is in their nature if they have not grown up with one in the house. Wheaten terriers are gentle-mannered and docile, with a puppy attitude that they hang on to all throughout their life. So, they need to be trained as they grow older, as to what kind of behavior is expected of them. They are straightforward and intelligent dogs, so training them is not difficult at all.
These large-bodied dogs are loyal, brave and reliable, and with good training they are excellent pets. They have a wiry outer coat and a dense undercoat, which need combing and brushing regularly to prevent matting. They have no dog odor and shed little to not at all – this makes them one of the ideal options for allergy sufferers. However, they are not suited to the apartment life, being very energetic and needing a lot of air and exercise – they are best adopted by people who have large areas at their disposal. They have enormous amounts of energy stored up and become fidgety and difficult to handle without enough exercise – so if you are not the type to do every kind of exercise you can think of – hiking, running, walking, biking, swimming, etc – this is certainly not the breed for you!
This athletic breed comes in two varieties – coated and hairless, while the latter is more sought after. The loyal and affectionate Xolo is often nicknamed as the Velcro dog – it will stay with its owner always and rarely run away. The entire family however must take turns to feed and look after it; otherwise it will bond with only the person who does the regular caring and feeding. This hardy and healthy dog is very easy to look after – however, the hairless variety needs a little more attention on its bare skin. However, only a gentle regular skincare regime suffices for them, no need for extravagant skin products! As they have no hair to shed, they make excellent companions for allergic owners – even the coated ones shed very little hair!
Kerry Blue Terrier
This fun-loving dog has a reputation for making people laugh with its funny antics – so you are going to have a whale of a time with this medium-sized ball of energy! It is sociable with other dogs when trained and properly socialized from puppyhood, if untrained they give into their extremely protective nature. They are very good watchdogs, and very affectionate towards their family, though they are friendly up to a point with strangers. They are very intelligent with a sharp memory, and can be taught many fun tricks! These bundles of joy are odorless, even when wet, and shed almost no hair – and hence are ideal for allergic dog enthusiasts!
This small hardy dog is a feisty ball of soft silky hair, which they don’t shed nearly at all, making them excellent companions for allergic people. The soft hair has to be combed and cleaned gently and regularly, and kept away from the eyes – some owners tie the front hair up into a cute little topknot! These small affectionate dogs are very intelligent and pick up tricks quite fast. However you should not give in to the impulse of over-pampering this dog, as it will then develop the human-induced behavior called Small Dog Syndrome. Deal with them in a steady and confident manner to let them know that you are the leader.