The term "hypoallergenic" is often used to describe dogs that are less likely to cause an allergic reaction in people. However, there is no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic dog, as all dogs produce some level of allergens, which are proteins found in a dog's dander, saliva, and urine. These allergens can cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to them.
Nonetheless, some dog breeds are considered to be less allergenic than others, as they produce less dander and shed less hair. These breeds include:
- Poodles: Poodles, especially the miniature and toy varieties, are considered to be one of the most hypoallergenic breeds because they produce less dander and have hair instead of fur.
- Bichon Frise: Bichon Frise are also considered to be hypoallergenic because they produce less dander and have hair instead of fur.
- Maltese: Maltese have a silky coat that doesn't shed much and are known to be hypoallergenic.
- Shih Tzu: Shih Tzu have a long, silky coat that doesn't shed much and are known to be hypoallergenic
- West Highland White Terrier: They are known for having a hypoallergenic coat
It's important to note that even with these breeds, it's not a 100% guarantee that a person with dog allergies will not have an allergic reaction, as everyone's sensitivity to allergens can vary. It's also important to note that even with these breeds, regular grooming and maintenance is needed to keep the coat clean and free from dander.
It's also recommended that people with dog allergies spend time with the dog before committing to owning one, and to consult an allergist to determine the best course of action.
Last updated : 1/27/2023