If you suffer from dog allergies, you may have given up on having a pet dog. Finding a hypoallergenic dog breed might be an option to explore.
While there are no 100% hypoallergenic breeds of dogs. There are several breeds who produce minor or sometimes no allergy symptoms.
Continue reading below; I have compiled my Top 10 Best Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds list for you!
The Yorkshire Terrier is a popular toy-sized dog breed. According to one related Internet resource:
"this little guy may be classified as a Toy dog, but his personality is pure terrier. Spunky and smart, he loves to play, gets along well with cats, and has the ability to rule bigger family dogs with an iron paw."
Yorkshire Terriers come with silky coats of blue and tan. A highly energetic breed, they enjoy long walks and excel in agility sports.
A few drawbacks do exist with these dogs, as is the case with any breed. They can be overwhelmed by small children and can be stubborn with training.
"This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes."
These dogs love to be near their humans. Many Bichons can exhibit separation anxiety when left alone for long stretches of time.
Regular dental care should be a priority with the Bichon. According to the American Kennel Club, loss of teeth early in life and gum disease can become a problem.
The Havanese is originally from Cuba. It has a friendly and sweet disposition. When properly trained, you'll find them to be loyal, loving, peaceful little dogs.
The Havanese is excellent for living under the same roof as children and various other pets.
This breed is very small. Children should learn from a young age how to behave towards these dogs. Vetstreet's Havanese page confirms that they can become spoiled. They can gain weight as a result of this or may begin to rely on their owners too much.
Their long coats should be brushed a few times per week to keep from matting. You can always cut your Havanese's coat short to keep it from getting tangled and matted. Cold climates will affect your Havanese, so you'll want to keep it long during the winter months.
I used to own a wonderful little Shih Tzu named "Rusty". He was a loving, cuddly, goofy little guy.
The Shih Tzu is sometimes called a Chrysanthemum Dog. Apparently, his name, Shih Tzu, means "little lion". (More like a pussy cat than a lion)
My Rusty was gentle, kind, and loyal. The Shih Tzu makes a great family dog. He easily gets along with small children and even other pets.
The Shih Tzu's large eyes can become a problem. They are prone to ocular injuries and diseases. Other possible health issues include ear infections and dental problems.
This breed will need patience with training on the owner's behalf. They can be very difficult to house train. They can come to expect rewards in exchange for commands.
"a snugly built little animal with a solid, sound structure. It stands from about 8 to 11 inches tall at the withers, and should weigh from 9 to 16 pounds."
You can see this adorable breed showcased on this BuzzFeed article titled "27 Adorable Shih Tzus Who Will Make Your Day Better".
The Schnauzer comes in three different sizes: miniature, standard and giant.
PetHelpful's detailed read on Schnauzer varieties "The Three Varieties of the Schnauzer Dog Breed" explains "the coat of the Schnauzer is hard and wiry. It is generally medium in length, although the hair on the giant Schnauzer can also be short. This breed needs to be brushed one or two times per week."
While this breed may require a little maintenance as far as their grooming goes, they are another excellent choice for those sensitive to pet dander.
If training is kept exciting to these dogs, piquing their curiosity, you won't have to worry about any stubbornness showcasing itself. They're just darling, as this Pinterest compilation accurately displays
An adorably informative video brought to you by Animal Planet online makes for a great introduction to the Maltese.
The Maltese is a wonderful little family dog. Special care should be taken around small children. His small size makes him vulnerable to injury around well meaning, but rough children. His gentle nature makes him a great choice as a companion for an older adult.
For the most part, the Maltese is a healthy breed. Regular brushing and grooming is needed for this breed. You'll also need to check their ears regularly and brushing their teeth is recommended.
This breed is a perfect choice for apartment dwellers. They love to be around their humans and will do well in a small space. An occasional walk, some playtime, and good nutrition is all they'll need to flourish.
Maltese can live as long as 18 years. Generally healthy, they can suffer from dental problems. Dog toys and biscuits that promote dental health can help keep their teeth strong and clean."
The poodle is described by the American Kennel Club in an article titled "Meet the Poodle" as "proud, active and very smart."
There is an assortment of fun varieties of this breed, ranging from the Labradoodle to the Goldendoodle. This dog responds very well to training seeing as it is a top ranking breed in terms of intelligence level.
Not to mention, they are cute and hilarious, as this YouTube video shows us
Poodles, particularly the male ones, tend to have an overwhelming instinct to want to mark their territory, as Dog Temperament, an educational website with a page devoted to the breed explains. For this reason, you should begin obedience training as soon as it's possible.
If you are looking for a dog who loves the company of humans, look no further than the West Highland White Terrier (also known as the Westie).
These friendly white bundles of fur thoroughly enjoy belly rubs, according to modern dog magazine a trusted online resource. They aren't overly yappy, though they occasionally will bark as if they were a bigger dog.
I think you will like this video:
The Portuguese Water Dog has either a "wavy coat" or a "curly coat". Their coat must be brushed often and regular grooming is needed to guard against matting. They don't shed, so they are an excellent choice for dog allergy sufferers.
This breed is friendly to family members. They're great around kids and they love other dogs.
This dog also loves swimming, as properly captured in this YouTube video. As you can see, they really were given an appropriate name.
One website, Petful, reported that "PWDs who don't get enough exercise are likely to become destructive out of boredom." For this reason, do make certain that you have the time and means necessary to help this dog release and channel out some energy. They love not only swimming but lengthier walks as well. This dog will also jog with you!
This furry friend reminds us of a teddy bear and "is known for its puppy-like nature even throughout adulthood," according to The Dog Guide.
A pleasant balance of gentle meets excitable, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a great choice when the dog will be cohabiting with children or other pets.
So why would you want to own a Wheaten Terrier? Have a look:
To keep your Wheaten's coat tangle-free and looking it's absolute best, you will need to provide frequent combing and overall grooming. As far as breed-specific ailments, conditions affecting protein loss have been reported.
In summary, that was the 10 best hypoallergenic dog breed list I compiled for you. I hope that you enjoyed reading the content as much as I loved gathering and reporting on all of the above information!
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