Some people are eager to own a pup but, instead, have to stay far away as pet allergies are often horrible enough to drive a pet lover crazy! If you have to snuggle your furry friend at the cost of hives, itching, whizzing, and sneezing, you know that’s the worst. But not to worry. Enter the world of hypoallergenic dogs. In both natural and crossbred dog breeds, these pups are bliss for those who are allergic to pet dander. Let’s find out more.
The Cause Behind Pet Allergy
As per the AAFA or The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, nearly 30% of the country’s population struggle with pet allergies. Contrary to popular belief, dog hair doesn’t cause any allergic reaction. Rather, the main culprit is a type of protein found in the saliva of a dog. While grooming themselves, dogs spread this protein to their coats and skins, and then release it as dander into the environment with shedding.
Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds
With the prefix ‘hypo’ meaning ‘less’ or ‘under,’ a hypoallergenic dog refers to a pup that’s less likely to cause an allergic reaction. So, no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, and the American Kennel Club or AKC confirms it. These types of furry canines usually have non-shedding coats, producing less dander. Here are a few hypoallergenic dog breeds better suited for allergy sufferers.
One of the most popular breeds within the non-shedding dog category, the poodle is known for being crossbred to create several hypoallergenic dog breeds. Labradoodle, Yorkipoo, Goldendoodle, Cockapoo, etc. are a few of those adorable crossbreed ‘poo’s.
Originally bred to work on farms, Schnauzers are now amazing watchdogs. Available in different sizes and varieties, this playful cuddle-loving dog breed has a dense and soft double coat that requires regular brushing and produces less dander.
Identifiable by their snow-white coats, Bichon Frise dogs are known for their gentle and happy charm and snuggly disposition. Playful and lovable, this double-coated breed doesn’t really shed, making it a perfect hypoallergenic dog breed to enjoy cuddling puppy love.
Irish Water Spaniel
Irish Water Spaniels are large shaggy pups, distinguished by their pointed ‘rat tails,’ curly furs, and waterproof, hypoallergenic coats. Contrary to their massive size, the tallest among AKC spaniels, these super loyal dogs have a goofy and cuddly lap dog-style demeanor.
Aloof and regal, Afghan Hound is a handsome pooch. This single-coated dog breed is much less likely to shed, but its long-flowing locks need a lot of regular grooming to prevent matting. This loving, loyal, and cuddly breed is a great option, especially for families.