How to find the perfect non allergic dog breed .

Dogs For Allergy Sufferers

Tdogs for allergy sufferersrying to find a non allergic dog breed for a dog loving allergy sufferer can be a frustrating experience. One of the many reasons people who would dearly love a dog but can't, is because they are likely to develop an allergic or asthmatic reaction, even the mere presence of a hairy critter in the room can set them off.

Approximately 10% of the population are allergic to animal fur, specifically cats and dogs, the allergic reaction is usually manifested through rashes, itchiness, watery eyes, sneezing and difficulty breathing.

For parents with susceptible young children, or those already suffering from conditions like asthma  this can be a real worry and so reluctantly they decide not to bother getting a dog at all.

Whilst there is no such thing as a truly non allergic dog breed, it is important to understand what we mean by an allergy and how it might be possible to consider a dog if allergenic sensitivity is a concern.

Specifically speaking, everyone has different sensitivity thresholds and there might well be be a breed that is hypoallergenic to you, but not someone else or vice -versa. The good news for dog lovers where allergies are an issue is that there are a number of breeds that are generally known to be more suitable than others.

What dog allergens are not primarily is hair or fur.   

Lwhat is dander?ength or sheer amount of hair on its own is not a causal factor of an allergy, and getting a ‘hairless ‘dog variety  such as a Chinese Crested will not necessarily end your allergy problems.

What dog fur does do is attract allergens that may be present in the environment or produced by the dog itself, making  any underlying allergy worse.

Dog hair acts simply to concentrate  allergens that were already present in the environment, which can include pollen, mould spores dust or chemicals.

Dog allergens themselves are proteins that originate in a dog’s skin, saliva and urine. The dander (small flakes of skin or dandruff) and saliva get stuck to a dog’s fur or can drift around the house as airborne motes and specks.

All this hair, dander and minute matter particles floating about can quickly contaminate everything in the house, even areas that are pet free!

If you or someone else do suffer from pet allergies but would still love to have a dog then you may be want to consider one of the many hypoallergenic dog breeds that are out there.

What Makes Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds So Special?

Hypoallergenic dog breeds are not magic breeds, all dogs shed hair and dander to some extent, but you will find that in general breeds that are thought to ease allergy symptoms in sufferers do so, because they either shed less hair and or less dander than other breeds.

Some are considered to be non allergic dog breeds because they produce less allergen than other dogs, for example Poodles or Schnauzers shed their skin every 20 days, by comparison the German Shepherd or Cocker Spaniel will shed skin every four days or so. Interestingly There are more dogs in the Terrier group that are considered good for allergy sufferers than any other breed group.

Yorkshire Terrier

This feisty, scrappy little fella is more at home with the terriers than the toys. More importantly though, minimal shedding means lots less dander floating around.


They come in 3 sizes: miniature  standard and giant. Each one is a non shedding allergy sufferer’s dream dog!

Shih Tzu

This ever friendly and lively little charmer has no difficulty making new friends, even sneezy ones, as They shed little hair and produce minimal dander.


Well known as non- shedders, Poodles of all sizes form the basis of many hypoallergic designer breeds. Highly recommend for allergy sufferers  everywhere.

Bedlington Terrier

This breed is generally mild and laid back, but courageous when alerted. This is a non shedding breed with lots to recommend them to allergy sufferers

Italian Greyhound

One for the groom-o-phobes, these guys are one of the easiest breeds to groom and shed very little, if any hair.

Kerry Blue Terrier

With a slightly wavy single layered coat that barely sheds and has a lovely soft feel to it,  Kerry’s are iideal for those wishing to avoid nasty allergens and dander.

Irish Water Spaniel

Largest of the Spaniel breeds, these intelligent and spirited dogs shed little if any hair and have lower dander levels than most other breeds.

Portuguese Water Dog

Low maintenance and non shedding, what’s not to like about these athletic dogs?  

Bichon Frise

The cheerful and perky Bichon frise is a minimal shedder if groomed regularly. Guaranteed to keep allergenic dander levels to a minimum.

Great Dogs For Allergy Sufferers

This means an awful lot more allergen is being produced by a Spaniel than a Poodle.The Poodle also has very tight dense curly hair that doesn’t shed much.

This doesn’t mean to say that a poodle is completely non allergic, no dog is, but you may find that an allergy sufferer could tolerate living with a poodle far better than any other breed.

The most sensible thing to do would be to contact a specialist breeder for the type of dog you like in order to arrange a ‘contact’ visit where you should be able to interact with the dogs and gauge how tolerant you are to the breed in general.

Once you are living with your dog, grooming outside coupled with regular vacuum cleaning will help to reduce and remove the build up of allergens on your dog or in your home.


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