Allergies are very annoying - especially if they prevent you as a dog lover from adopting a dog. But there is hope: certain dog breeds are considered "hypoallergenic" if they meet the following criteria:
- The dog breed does not shed or has no fur
- The dog breed has no “undercoat”
- The dog breed produces very little of the allergen Fel D1
In this article we will introduce you to a few hypoallergenic dog breeds and hope that you too can find a dog that suits you.
Dog breeds that shed little fur:
- The Bedlington Terrier
With its thick coat of fur, the Bedlington Terrier looks like a sheep. A Bedlington Terrier is about medium-sized, has a calm nature and loves to run across meadows and fields. His coat is hypoallergenic but needs brushing twice a week.
- The bichon frize
The Bichon Frize not only looks like a little angel, but also has a charming, gentle nature. He is hypoallergenic, very playful and, by the way, gets along very well with children. In addition, he sheds a lot of fur and his fallen hair gets caught in his dense coat of fur instead of spreading all over your living space. But beware: the Bichon Frize needs to be clipped regularly to keep its coat healthy and to remove any hair that has fallen out.
- The Maltese
Maltese are obedient, playful, and affectionate, making them perfect for dog owners who get to spend a lot of time with their pet. Their coat is dense and silky, but sheds little to no hair, making them suitable for allergy sufferers.
- the poodle
Poodles are among the most intelligent and obedient dog breeds. But they are also known for their dense, curly fur coat, which actually sheds almost no hair. Did you know that poodles pass their hypoallergenic genes to their mixed breed puppies when cross-bred with other dog breeds?
Hairless dog breeds
- The Xoloitzcuintli
Xoloitzcuintli come in a wide variety of sizes and fur coats. The hairless Xoloitzcuintli is perfect for allergy sufferers. But don't worry, to make up for their lack of fur, Xoloitzcuintli literally have very thick skin to match their calm and down-to-earth nature.
- The Peruvian Hairless Dog
Peruvian hairless dogs, as their name suggests, are hairless or have very short fur. Therefore, they are also perfect for people with allergies. However, you should note that Peruvian hairless dogs need a lot of exercise. They prefer to spend a lot of time in the great outdoors, which makes them great hiking companions.
- The Chinese Crested Dog
You may have seen the Chinese creation hung in films like Marmaduke or How to get rid of him in 10 days. Chinese crested dogs are affectionate, affectionate and don't shed their hair. Thanks to their lack of fur, you will save yourself the hairdressing costs, but you will have to spend a lot of money on their skin care.
- The American Hairless Terrier
American Hairless Terriers are hairless and require very little exercise, which also makes them great city dogs. In addition, she is very good with children.
Dog breeds with wiry or short coats
- The Afghan Hound
Afghan hounds have a very long, shiny coat and therefore need regular grooming, but they rarely shed their hair. Afghan hounds have a loyal nature but can also be very independent.
- The Basenji dog
Basenji dogs are perfect for people who don't want to bother with grooming their pet on a regular basis. Basenji dogs have very short coats and shed little to no hair, making them so suitable for allergy sufferers. Did you know that Basenji dogs cannot actually bark, thanks to their larynx?
- The Wire Fox Terrier
Wire Fox Terriers are robust, fast and always ready for a new adventure. Their wiry coat rarely needs brushing and sheds little hair, making them suitable for allergy sufferers.
- Scottish terrier
Scottish Terriers are small dogs with big personalities. They are characterized by their small heads and distinctive beard. Their wiry coat only needs regular brushing, but sheds very little hair.
Dog breeds that produce little Can D1:
Can D1 is a protein that can cause an allergic reaction in humans. Fortunately, some dog breeds only produce a small amount of Can D 1 and are therefore considered hypoallergenic.
Some dog breeds have already been mentioned in this article and produce few allergens: Poodle, Maltese, Bichon Frize, Chinese Crested Dog
Here are three other dog breeds that are low in Can D1:
- Golden retriever
We hope that this list has been of some help to you and that you haven't given up on getting a dog yet. As a rule, however, we always advise you to consult your family doctor before you get a pet, depending on the severity of your allergy. Do you want to know which dogs are least suitable for allergy sufferers? Visit our blog and find out!