You hear it time and time again; someone gets a dog, only to turn around and have to get rid of it because someone unexpectedly had an allergy. It’s a sad “tail” for sure…however, for those really interested in finding a companion for your home, there are plenty of hypoallergenic breeds out there.
Hypoallergenic means that the fur of the dog will not bother a person’s allergies. Many toy breeds are actually hypoallergenic, which makes them a popular choice for allergy sufferers. However, there are actually several medium and large breed dogs that won’t leave a tickle in your nose.
I’ve chosen five unique breeds to help potential dog owners think outside of the box when choosing their next best friend.
Don’t be fooled by this lovely breed’s long, flowing locks. They are actually hypoallergenic! The Afghan is a sight hound originating from, you guessed it, Afghanistan. Their long hair and giant paw pads were bred to protect them while hunting in harsh mountainous climates.
The Afghan Hound is “a breed full of contradictions” according to the AKC website. They are loyal, but aloof especially with strangers. They love to run, like all sight hounds, but will snuggle up to you on the couch as well. They have a sweet personality but have an extremely high prey drive. While this gorgeous breed is a fantastic companion, they are perhaps more for the seasoned dog owner.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
These adorably fluffy terriers would make the perfect family companion. The Wheaten hails from Ireland and the Irish Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1937. This dog was so popular in its beginnings, the Irish used to have to settle the “Best in Show” title by fist fight!
Their soft curls will of course take a little maintenance, but that is not a hard price to pay when they are just so darn cute. Like most terrier breeds, the Wheaten is a great choice for allergy sufferers. They have quirky personalities with a heart of gold; however, don’t let that fool you. Terriers are extremely stubborn and will search for ways to push your buttons so make sure to give them proper training.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is an extremely fun and friendly breed that would love a family setting. Perfect for both adults and kids who struggle with pet hair or dander.
Don’t you dare turn your nose up at these funny-looking canines. They tend to grow on you after awhile and after you get to know their personalities, you will start to believe there is nothing cuter.
Chinese Crested dogs come in two forms; hairless and powderpuff. The hairless is the iconic strange-looking pet you see with a hairless body and a mane and feathery tail. The powderpuff is the same dog with a lot more coat. Despite the powderpuff having fur, it is still a hypoallergenic breed.
These funny little pups are great family dogs. They are eager to please and will do anything to get your attention. When the breed first evolved, they were used as vermin hunters on Chinese trade ships. Nowadays, they enjoy activities like sitting in high places or even agility.
Chinese Crested are extremely friendly with other dogs and of course other humans. They love to be praised and appreciated; a great addition to a family needing a hypoallergenic dog.
Native American Indian Dog
This is a breed that is not recognized by the AKC, however, it is a large breed dog that is hypoallergenic.
The Native American Indian Dog was bred to mimic the strong, sturdy breed of dog that the Native Americans may have used in their time before horses. Despite their long fur, they don’t shed but once a year and they don’t have a “doggie” smell. They are claimed to be hypoallergenic; one family saying this dog breed was their last resort for their son who was deathly allergic to dogs and it worked. How cool is that?!
These dogs come in a variety of colors and have a great personality. They are loving and loyal but also shy and mellow. As with most dogs, they will require exercise but not as much as you would think. A long walk or quick jog should suffice. They are sensitive to punishment and not easily crate-trained.
Another great choice for a family dog for sure; they love to please and are happiest with families.
Who can say no to the poodle? What’s not to love? They are intelligent, varied in size, and so darn cute!
Poodles are tight, curly coated breeds that don’t shed or trap dirt in their coat. Poodles were actually water dogs in their origins, so their coat is adapted to water. If regularly groomed, the poodle will be soft and fluffy with no curl. Without regular grooming and maintenance, a poodle’s coat will tighten and get very curly.
Poodles are often stereotyped as being French, but they actually originated in Germany. The name “Poodle” comes from “pudel” which means to splash in the water.
Poodle owners will often find their dog at the top of the obedience class. They are extremely smart dogs and easy to train. For active families, the Standard Poodle is the best choice due to their larger size and greater stamina. However, for apartment dwellers or families with small children, the miniature poodle will do just fine! They are great either way.
There you have it! Some unique breeds that will keep the dander at bay. Don’t be discouraged at the thought of finding a dog; there are several options to choose from for your next best friend. Make sure to do your research so you know beforehand the breeds that won’t bother your allergies. Happy searching!