A hypoallergenic dog is a particular type of dog that does not affect a person with sensitive allergies.
They can be companions for those who suffer from spring and summer pollen and who have asthma. These dogs are natural and usually have hair that does not shed.
What Is a Hypoallergenic Dog?
Every Spring and Summer, millions of people are affected by allergies that cause their eyes to water, and their nose becomes stuffy and dry. Because of these symptoms, those who suffer from allergies are unable to own a pet. Their fur will shed, which will get all over their clothing and furniture. Plus, fur can hold a lot of dander, which activates their allergies.
However, there are animals specifically for those who suffer from allergies. Their fur is quite different from that of other dogs, so they don’t have to shed so much and are less likely to be dirty. The breeding and selection of these dogs allow millions of people worldwide to have a furry companion without their eyes becoming red and watery and their nose stuffing up.
Ten Most Popular Hypoallergenic Breeds
There are plenty of dog breeds all over the world for people who suffer from allergies. But these dogs are some of the most popular dogs in the US.
1. Maltese Terrier
The Maltese Terrier is a perfect cuddly little dog with a silky white coat. They’re known for their small statures and playful attitudes. This dog is best suited for people who are not very active but still walk around the neighborhood. Also, they are a great companion for small children. It is a toy dog that usually weighs around 8 lb, and the maximum height that they grow to is 10 inches when they reach full adulthood.
2. Brussels Griffon
If you know a person who is an absolute pug lover but suffers from terrible allergies that keeps them from having the pug of their dreams, you should introduce them to the Griffon dog. Remarkably similar in looks to a pug, the Griffon is a short hair toy dog that originates from Belgium.
These dogs can live as long as 15 years. The Griffon has a lot of energy and likes to interact with both people and other dogs. You may have to get this dog a companion if you have no others.
3. Shih Tzu
A toy dog breed that comes from China, it’s for is quite silky and fluffy. But you don’t have to worry about this cuddly little companion activating your allergies. They practically never said unless they are brushed or handled roughly. Shih Tzu dogs can live for up to 16 years, and they usually are between 10 to 12 lb. It would be rare to find an all single color should sue as many of them have brown, black, or light brown coloring with a white underbelly.
4. Portuguese Water Dog
Sometimes you just need a highly active and mischievous dog to get you through this miserable hell hole that we call life. And the Portuguese water dog is just that. It is a short hair dog with extremely clumpy fur. If you place your hand into its fur, it won’t go down more than an inch, but it feels thick like the coat of a lamb.
5. West Highland White Terrier
Spunky, loyal, and too cute for its good, the West Highland white terrier is a great dog if you’re low active but still likes to go hiking or to the beach on occasion. These dogs usually weigh around 15 and 17 lb, depending on whether they are a female or a male. Despite their small size, these white terriers can live for up to 16 years, which is longer than some larger dogs.
You’ll find many short-haired dogs on this hypoallergenic list, but do not despair if you are more of a long-haired dog person. The Havanese dog has light golden care that is long and flows In the wind. But despite their long hair, the Havanese dog is known for being hypoallergenic as well as an intelligent and affectionate companion. The reason their coat is so fluffy is that they have two layers that grow above their skin. They can live for up to 15 human years, and they are around 13 to 15 lb.
We’ve talked about some low active dogs so far, but if you’re highly active and high-octane, then the Basenji hypoallergenic dog can be a great companion for you. They have very short hair so they are not hard to wash and they’re quite intelligent. These dogs are smart enough to be used in hunts.
8. Australian Silky Terrier
The perfect combination of long silky hair and unbridled energy, the Australian silky terrier, leads the toy dog pack in both loveability and energy. Their fur is quite colorful as the fur on their head can be tanned while the rest of their body is either dark grey or black. A dog like this can keep you company for over ten years, and their maximum height is only 10 in so they don’t take up much space.
9. Cairn Terrier
If a person in the market for a tiny toy dog that is not only hypoallergenic but can also pass for a mouse in certain lights, then the Cairn Terrier is what they want. The small bundle of joy has a thick coat of fur that comes in different colors such as gray, black, tan, brown, and white. It is a Scottish dog that was used during hunting, and it also helped farmers and Cattlemen herd cows and sheep.
10. Chinese Crested Dog
Some dogs are fluffy and small, why other dogs are strong and mighty. But the Chinese crested dog is just plain weird, and that’s why we love it so much. It is a hairless dog that has small amounts of fur on its head and feet. Unlike chihuahuas, this dog doesn’t shake very much and is known for its docile behavior.
● Hypoallergenic dogs are dogs that naturally do not shed very much.
● These dogs are great for people who have allergies as well as asthma
● Their fur does not pick up much dirt either.
● There are several types of hypoallergenic dogs, including long hair dogs, short hair dogs, and completely hairless dogs.
● Many of these dogs can live up to 15 or 16 years
● The Chinese crested dog is almost completely hairless but exist powder puffs