The American Kennel Club's list of dog breeds for people with allergies
plus 23 other breeds as well
Fortunately for all those dog-loving but allergic people out there, there are quite a few breeds that don't shed a lot and consequently spread less dander. Although the American Kennel Club (AKC) does not endorse or recommend any particular breed as being hypoallergenic, they have published a list of dog breeds that are commonly known for not shedding a lot.
If you are allergic to dogs and you'd like to give adoption a go, please peruse the AKC list and the 23 other hypoallergenic breeds listed separately below.
American Kennel Club List
With the look of a lamb, this terrier is a wonderful companion. Most often seen with a blue hair coat, this breed sheds little, resulting in less dander and easier breathing for allergy sufferers.
The bichon is not only a great lapdog, but the curly-coated white breed produces little dander, making the dog a wonderful companion for people with allergies. To keep him looking great, the bichon needs periodic trips to the groomer.
This breed is slowly gaining popularity. Not completely bald, the Chinese crested has some puffs of hair on the head and may have a very spotted skin. Despite his weird appearance, the Chinese crested is a great family pet.
Even though he may look like the clown of the spaniel family, the Irish water spaniel is the tallest spaniel and a great water dog.
The coat of the Irish water spaniel is his most distinguishing characteristic.
The hair coat of the Kerry blue is silky soft and dense.
The coat can be curly or wavy but should not be wiry or harsh. The Kerry blue require frequent grooming.
As the name suggests, the Maltese originated on the island of Malta, in the Mediterranean.
This diminutive breed looks fragile but is quite resilient. It sheds very little, and only produces small amounts of dander, but its long flowing white coat needs daily care.
The standard, miniature and toy poodle breeds make excellent pets.
These beautiful dogs crave human company and for the allergy sufferer, produce very little dander.
The breed does require attentive grooming to keep his coat in tip-top shape.
Bred to help the fishermen of Portugal, this breed is as happy on land as he is in the water.
Another dog that produces little dander and doesn't shed much, the Portuguese water dog is a faithful and active companion.
Schnauzer- Miniature, Standard and Giant
The most common coat color is salt and pepper but black is also available. In order to keep their coat clean and tangle free, frequent grooming and clipping is necessary.
A medium sized terrier, the Wheaten seems to love life and human companionship.
The color is any shade of wheaten. The soft coated wheaten has a soft wavy hair coat in any shade of wheaten.
Xoloitzcuintli or Mexican HairlessToy, Miniature and Standard The hairless Xolo should never be hairy, or possess long hair, wire hair or wavy hair. It’s skin should be soft and smooth, yet hardy to the elements. Colors, from black to slate, gray, bronze, brindle, red, fawn, solid or spotted.
23 Other hypoallergenic breeds
American Hairless Terrier |
Airedale Terrier |
Border Terrier | Bouvier des Flandres | Cairn Terrier | Coton De Tulear | Hairless Khala
Havanese | Lagotto Romagnolo | Lowchen (Little Lion Dog) | Peruvian Inca Orchid
Polish Owczarek Nizinny | Puli (Pulik) | Shih-Tzu | Spanish Water Dog | Tibetan Terrier
West Highland White Terrier | Wirehaired Fox Terrier | Yorkshire Terrier
Apart from the pure breeds listed above there are many, many cross breed dogs which shed very little that people with allergies to dog dander and protien can consider.
This article and information forms part of the Carole's Doggie World Holistic Library and is presented for informational purposes only.The information is not intended to be a substitute for visits to your local vet. Instead, the content offers the reader information researched and written by Carole Curtis for www.carolesdoggieworld.com