Best Dog Breeds for Allergy Sufferers

By Dr. Stephanie Heuber, In-Patient Manager

There is nothing quite like a friendship from a dog. They were deemed the endearment “man’s best friend” for a reason; always happy to see you when you walk through the door… lounging on the couch with you on a rainy day. Anyone that owns a dog could tell you about the unique quirks that makes their dog so loveable.

For some, owning a dog might be more challenging. If you love dogs, but suffer from dog related allergies, there could be a few solutions for you. There is hope! While there is no breed that is 100% hypoallergenic, certain breeds don’t shed as much, while other breeds don’t shed at all.

We can start with the popular power duo – the Shih Tzu and the Yorkshire Terrier. Both breeds are non-shedding and very portable as they don’t get very large. They are the perfect cuddle buddy and are just happy to be around their human. They will need to be groomed since their hair can get pretty long. So, sit back and relax and brush your new companion as they lay in your lap.   

Looking for a more energetic pal? Schnauzer’s are considered non-shedding and do not usually drool as much as certain breeds; as some allergy sufferers are affected more by drool than dander. They are spunky and very smart, and could make a great new addition to your family.

And of course, the Poodle needs a shout-out. They come in many sizes and you may find that they are bred with other breeds such as Labrador Retrievers to make them more allergy friendly. Poodle’s coats can be curly or wavy, and will need to be tamed by grooming; but they have great personalities and are just fun to be around.  

Of course, we are just scratching the surface of the many breeds out there that could work for dog allergy sufferers. You’ll find that some dogs affect you differently than others, so do your research and experiment because each dog is an individual and might not fit “the norm” for their breed. And if you’re looking to rescue a dog in your future, know that there are many rescues that are breed specific or just maybe, you might stumble upon your next best friend at your local shelter.

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