“This protein sticks to the dead, dried flakes from your pet’s skin, called dander,” he says. Lifted Studios/Shutterstock If you suffer from allergies, you’re likely to do better with dogs that have less fur, says Jeff Rockwell, DVD, owner of Atlantic Veterinary Hospital in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
“There are shampoos that help to reduce dander, dried saliva, which lessens allergenic,” adds Dr. Rockwell. “The bonus of selecting a purebred dog is their predictability in size, coat, care requirements, and temperament.
“For someone with pet allergies, the American Kennel Club recommends that he/she visit an owner or breeder with the breed of interest for several hours to test allergy sensitivities before making the commitment of bringing a dog home.” But with so many dogs to choose from, how can you pick? Dr. Klein has a few ideas for allergy sufferers and created this list of 20 hypoallergenic dogs for you to check out.
Monica_an/Shutterstock This compact breed has a glistening, low-shedding short coat that generally requires no more than a quick once-over with a soft-bristle brush or a rubber grooming mitt every week. In terms of demeanor, the Wellington Terrier is gentle, lovable, fairly active, and likes to be the center of its family’s attention.
Their small size and moderate exercise requirements make them great apartment dogs. But even better, the Affenpinscher’s medium-length, wiry coat is usually considered hypoallergenic, and this breed typically doesn’t bother allergy sufferers.
David Charles COTAM/Shutterstock The AKC calls this fluffy white dog charming, bright, and happy-go-lucky. It’s also silly and “naturally clownish,” known to make unique sounds and walk around on its hind legs.
You can leave this dog’s coat as is and most people do, but some owners prefer to cord it (fashioning it into dog dreadlocks), similar to a Pull. Javanese are adaptable, intelligent, outgoing, and social, and they make wonderful city pets.
JNE Valokuvaus/Shutterstock The Kerry Blue Terrier is an alert, adaptable, and animated watchdog and family companion. Mady70/Shutterstock Experts recommend brushing these hypoallergenic dogs daily, as well as grooming them often to prevent mats from forming in their long, white coats.
The dogs also make wonderful pets: They are eager, athletic, extremely intelligent, and remarkably versatile. Lynda McFaul/Shutterstock With a reputation for being affectionate and adventurous, the Portuguese Water Dog is an eager and athletic companion built for families with active lifestyles.
Ksenia Markov/Shutterstock These smart, inquisitive, and playful dogs are protective of their humans and make great watchdogs. They hardly shed, so all that’s called for is a quick session with a soft-bristle brush once a week and an occasional bath.
Natalia Fedora/Shutterstock Bred to work closely with humans, Pulls are agile, faithful, and quick learners who do best with active families. Dreadlocks are arguably the most recognizable feature of the Pull, and these naturally occurring cords are woolly, dense, and weatherproof.
They were originally bred to spend most of their days lounging around inside royal palaces, so they make great pets, whether you live in an apartment or have a big backyard. This dog’s double coat does require frequent brushing, but you can clip it short for ease, according to the Westminster Kennel Club.
Natalia V Geneva/Shutterstock The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is happy, friendly, deeply devoted, and slightly stubborn. These dogs make great companions for families who are devoted to training and have a fairly active lifestyle.
TatyanaPanova/Shutterstock Its name may be hard to pronounce, but you’ll be singing this pup’s praises if you’re a dog lover with allergies. The hairless requirements occasional baths and body lotion; the coated needs routine brushing and combing.
Australian Shepherds are closely associated with rodeo and cowboy life, and they're well known for their multicolored eyes and coats. Aussies are herding dogs and have an abundance of energy, so they're not great for owners who want a more relaxed pet, according to the American Kennel Club.
These tall, skinny dogs might not look the most cuddly, but they have a reputation for being affectionate and loyal, according to AKC. They're kind and gentle, according to the AKC, and they need a good bit of exercise, making them perfect for an active family.
They love to play and enjoy running around, so they aren't a great fit for someone who's looking for a dog to relax with. These regal hounds can stand at a tall 27 inches and are immediately recognizable due to their long, silky coats.
They're not super active canines, but they do need regular exercise to stay in shape. Akita's also adapt well too life indoors, so don't be worried about them staying inside for the day.
Best for experienced owners, it's good to have a steady hand and not give in to this breed's tricks, or else they'll be owning you in the blink of an eye. These herders are made for hard work, which means they train incredibly easily and rarely tire.
Although they are always dedicated to the task at hand, these dogs still crave love and attention on moments when they're “off the clock.” Belgian Textures are long haired who love to master difficult tasks and have a great need to accomplish goals.
These “nimble giants,” as the AKC calls them, thrive in cold weather thanks to their shaggy coats. These friendly canines, which can grow up to 27 inches tall, are relentless when it comes to finding a lost or hiding item.
According to the AKC, the English name Boxer “refers to the way the breed spars, like a prizefighter, with their paws when playing or defending themselves.” But they're also considered “gun dogs,” who can accompany their owners out on hunting trips because they adapted so well out in the field or mountains.
They also have been one of the top-winning breeds in competitive hunting events for generations, due to their swift reflexes and speed. But despite their size, these dependable, friendly canines are just gentle giants at heart.
Their weatherproof coats help them thrive in cold, wet temperatures and these dogs can weigh more than 100 pounds. Hanoverian Hounds are great hunting dogs with their long, lean legs and their ability to track down just about anything.
Even if your family doesn't hunt, they're still a wonderful breed: These hounds are loyal, love to train, and enjoy the outdoors. If you're a family with a history of owning dogs, then you won't regret putting the time and effort into training a Howard.
They need proper attention and care as pups to create a special bond with their families, but the love and devotion they have with their owners for life is worth the effort for years to come. Ranging from 80 to 100 pounds, mop-like Condors are made of muscle underneath all of that shaggy hair.
It's worth making the extra room for these furry fellows, because you'll have a watchdog and friend for life. With a reputation of the “nanny dog, ” Newfoundlands are the perfect pets for families with young kids.