Those who have allergies often feel like they are missing out on owning certain pets and especially those who have a fondness toward dogs. When dogs shed hair, it causes those that are allergic to have reactions. Since dogs are continuously shedding, there is little respite for those who have pets. Dogs can shed either hair or skin dander, and both of those can inflame allergies. However, there are some breeds of dog that even those who are hypoallergenic can own.
A poodle’s hair makes it suitable for those with allergies. Instead of growing fur, which can exacerbate allergic reactions, a poodle will grow hair. Not only is there no fur, but a poodle’s hair does not grow to be very long. Because their hair is short, poodles will not shed that much and the less hair that falls off the dog, the better your allergies will respond when the poodle is around. In addition, the standard poodle will have a longer hair growth cycle. Since it is replacing hair less frequently, it will mean that there is less hair that is shed. Poodles are a friendly and fun pet to own.
Some poodle crosses may be even more hypoallergenic than standard poodles. Goldendoodles are a cross between a poodle and a golden retriever, and they are very popular for their friendly disposition and their cute curly appearance. They are available in two sizes: standard Goldendoodle and miniature. The Goldendoodle sheds very little, making it a suitable dog for those with allergies. Any loose skin dander becomes trapped closer to the skin, making Goldendoodles less likely to shed skin as well. The miniature is low to the ground and has short and curly hair, which makes it also less likely to shed. Its small size also means that it will produce fewer allergens than larger dogs since there are less hair and skin.
Hairless Rat Terrier
If you need a dog to be completely hairless in order to not have allergic reactions, the American Hairless Terrier is the right dog for you. This is a relatively newer breed that was started when one dog mutated in Louisiana back in 1972. These are small dogs with zero hair, and they can live to be 16 years old. There is also minimal dander from skin shedding for these dogs. This breed of dog is still relatively new and may be difficult to find. In addition, it is still building a stable and steady gene pool. You will likely need to buy this dog from the breeder since it is not common to find them in pet stores.
Hairless Chinese Crested
The name of this dog is a slight misnomer because there is actually some hair. However, the hair on this dog is barely noticeable, making this a friendly dog for those with allergies. There is a powderpuff variety that has a coat of soft hair that will not cause allergic reactions. The lack of hair will also mean that the dog carries and transmits fewer odors, which can help with allergies. The Chinese Crested is a small and playful dog. This dog does require a lot of attention in the form of play and entertainment since it is a wiry bundle of energy.
The type of hair that this dog has lessens the effect on those who have allergies. The Maltese have a coat of long and thin hair. This type of hair stays on their body and they rarely shed. The Maltese has only a single coat of hair with no hair underneath it. In addition, if your allergy is to dog drool, this dog does very little of that too. This breed also has low dander. This is a small and friendly dog that requires a lot of your attention. The dog will always want to play and may take some effort to potty train. The Maltese are a wonderful dog to come home to because they are always happy to see you.
Peruvian Inca Orchid
All of the dogs previously mentioned on the list were of the smaller variety. The Peruvian Inca Orchid can come in medium or large sizes for those who large a larger pet. These dogs have hairless and hair varieties and the two kinds can even be born in the same litter. Obviously, the hairless variety is more hypoallergenic. These dogs are also relatively rare, so you have to do some work to find one. These dogs are considered a national treasure in Peru and they are protected. The breed is most similar to a greyhound, albeit without any hair.
If you have allergies, you do not have to forego dog ownership. These breeds and many other breeds are suitable for those who have allergies.
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