If you are a dog lover but allergic to their hair, you know how devastating the situation can be. Fortunately for you though, there are many hypoallergenic dog breeds that will not trigger your allergies. Typically, these are dogs that do not shed.
Most Popular Hypoallergenic Dogs
Bichon Frise – These little white dogs have a poodle-like coat and grow to be anywhere from six to eleven pounds full grown. While Bichon Frise do have an undercoat, it does not hold much dander and is very curly. Since their hair can tangle easily, regular grooming is necessary to keep them looking good.
Poodle (All Varieties) – All types of Poodles are hypoallergenic dogs. Poodles come in three different sizes and they are Toy Poodle, Miniature and Standard Poodle. They also come in several colors including cream, white, apricot, red and black. Just as with the Bichon Frise, Poodles need to be groomed daily or else their curly coats will become matted.
Chinese Crested – Virtually a hairless dog that only has a bit of hair on its head, feet and the tip of its tail. However, there are powder-puff varieties that are born with a full coat. The hairless versions are great for people with allergies. These small dogs only grow to about eight pounds and are very affectionate.
Bedlington Terriers – Bedlington Terriers have curly, poodle-like hair and can weigh anywhere between 17 and 23 pounds. These are friendly dogs that come in many colors including white, gray, blue, liver and tan. Originally bred to hunt vermin, Bedlington Terriers make great family pets today.
Schnauzer (All Varieties) – All types of Schnauzers are hypoallergenic dogs. Schnauzers have stiff, wiry hair that comes in many different colors including black, black and silver, and salt and pepper. There are three varieties of Schnauzers and they are Miniature Schnauzer, standard and Giant Schnauzer. Sizes range from 15 pounds for a miniature and 35 pounds for a standard to as much as 80 pounds for a giant.
These are just a few of the most popular hypoallergenic dog breeds today. Other hypoallergenic dogs include the Irish Water Spaniel, Maltese, Kerry Blue Terrier, Portuguese Water Dog, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Xoloitzcuintli, Bouvier Des Flandres and Havanese. Go here for a complete list of dog breeds from A to Z.