Most Hypoallergenic Dogs
Here are a few dog breeds that match the allergy criterion:
Poodles – There are three sizes of poodles, the toy, miniature, and standard. The poodle produces little dander and doesn’t shed much, however the fur needs to be groomed to prevent matting and to keep the dog’s coat in good shape. There are some crossbreeds of poodles that are popular today, because of their different sizes, colors and mix such as the Labradoodle (Labrador Retriever and Poodle), Airedoodle (Airedale Terrier and Poodle) and the Cockapoo (Cocker Spaniel and Poodle). The purebred Poodle would be less allergenic, however, if the person’s allergies are not severe, these hybrid breeds make great friends.
Portuguese Water Dogs – This dog is a close relative to the poodle and is somewhat hypoallergenic due to low dander. This dog is more muscular than the poodle and a medium size ranging in weight from 35 to 55 pounds and a height between 17 to 22 inches tall. The fur grows slower than the poodle, which means fewer trips to the groomer for clips. Daily brushing keeps the coat in tip-top shape.
Terriers seem to be good dog breeds for people with allergies and there are quite a few to choose from. Even though some terriers have more fur than other dogs, they shed very little. They are easy-going dogs and range in different sizes. The AKC suggests the following terriers as good dogs for allergy sufferers: Kerry Blue terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten terrier, Bedlington terrier, and the Yorkshire terrier.
Two dogs with virtually no hair are the Mexican Hairless (Xoloitzcuintli) and the Chinese Crested. Obviously they do not shed and are cuter than you think with great personalities.
Other great options named by the AKC are Bichon Frise, Maltese, Irish Water Spaniel, and Schnauzers. It’s best to read up on these dog breeds and find a match to your family life and living quarters.