Hypoallergenic Dogs for Allergy Sufferer

Some canine lovers find themselves struggling with the decision between living with a pet and living with allergies. According to WebMD, 100 percent of the homes in America have a detectable amount of dander either from a cat or dog. The amounts are much higher in the 39% of households that have a canine pet. While it may be impossible to completely avoid dander, there are some better choices of dog breeds for those that are sensitive to such allergens. A select few dog breeds naturally produce less dander and shedding.

Hypoallergenic Dogs for Allergy Sufferer

Bichon Frise and Pet Dander

The Bichon Frise is a small breed of dog that resembles a white powder puff. While the seemingly massive amount of fur would lead one to believe that the dog easily sheds, its thick and curly coat does not have an undercoat. Therefore, it does not shed as much as most other dog breeds with an undercoat. The lack of shedding contributes to less pet dander released into the environment. Thus, this breed of dog tends to be more easily tolerated by those allergic to dander from dogs.

Hypoallergenic Dogs for Allergy Sufferer

Allergies and Schnauzers

The miniature and full size schnauzers are both more hypoallergenic friendly than some other dog breeds. This breed of dog has an unusual coat that tends to shed very little hair. While the coat is a plus for many people, it can be quite bothersome to the dog itself. The coat offers little when it comes to protection against cold weather. For this reason, many schnauzers are often seen or characterized by wearing a sweater during cool months.

Hypoallergenic Dogs for Allergy Sufferer

Chinese Crested (Hairless Dog)

The Chinese Crested is often nicknamed as being the hairless dog because it has less hair or fur than other breeds. The Chinese Crested only has fur around its head, feet, and tail. The lack of hair on this breed leaves very little opportunity for shedding. Therefore, it too is a fairly hypoallergenic breed because the pet dander from it is in very small quantities.

While avoiding being exposed to dog dander may not be an option for those that are allergic to it, living comfortably with a canine companion may be a possibility if the right breed is chosen. Allowing nature to control allergies is often the best option. There are several different dog breeds that are more compatible for those that have allergies. These breeds are more suitable because they shed less and produce less dander.

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