What dog breeds are hypoallergenic?
What dog breeds are hypoallergenic?
There is no 100% hypoallergenic dog breed! If you have strong allergic reactions to dogs, it’s probably better not to get one at all. However, some dog breeds shed less than others and may cause no or fewer allergic reactions to people with a dog allergy.
Here is a list of the best low-shedding dog breeds!
1. Poodle (Toy or Miniature)
The most popular of all these hypoallergenic dogs is the one most people are familiar with – the poodle. They’re also referred to as “non-shedding” dogs because they do not shed fur like other breeds. You can find many different varieties of poodles, including miniature, standard, and toy; the size difference between these three is quite dramatic – toy poodles are just 7 pounds while mini poodles weigh up to 30 pounds! The biggest drawback that comes with owning a poodle is that since they’re so well-known to be non-shedding, people may tend to think you’re not adequately taking care of your dog if he does shed at all. Poodles need plenty of grooming; professional clipping of their hair every four to six weeks is ideal. Although poodles are very intelligent, they can also have a stubborn streak and may require an experienced trainer to work with them on advanced training commands. They also have little patience for strangers; if you decide to adopt a rescue dog from the local shelter or humane society, he may be less than friendly toward new people at first.
The next hypoallergenic dog breed is the Maltese. These little guys are usually found in family settings since that’s where their personalities fit in well – although they were originally used as bird dogs, they’re very social little creatures who love to please their owners. Maltese have been around for many years and have been known as one of the most ancient dog breeds today! As long as your Maltese is comfortable with what he’s doing, though, and gets plenty of attention from his owner, he’ll obey whatever commands you give him – this breed has been well-known over the years for its intelligence levels. You’ll often find that Maltese do better when they live in house settings rather than in apartments, although they’ll do okay in either place if you have a small house or apartment. Of course, your Maltese should never be left alone for long periods because he’s not always going to listen well when that happens – they’re good little companions but don’t expect them to be like guard dogs who will bark and run off intruders.
3. Shih Tzu
Another hypoallergenic toy breed of dog is the Shih Tzu. Their fur is very dense and curly, but it doesn’t shed as much as other breeds. These dogs are quite friendly toward strangers once they get to know them more, so you shouldn’t have trouble taking your Shih Tzu out in public places like parks or the mall if he gets along with other people’s pets well. Shih Tzus can also be a bit stubborn. They’re not high-energy dogs; when indoors, they tend to be pretty calm and enjoy lounging around on the sofa with their owners.
4. Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise is another hypoallergenic dog breed. They’re small dogs that love to play outdoors and require plenty of exercise since they’re so energetic; if you don’t give them enough exercise, they may start showing signs of boredom, such as chewing household objects or barking too much indoors. These dogs do very well with children since they have very playful personalities. Like poodles, these dogs tend to be rather stubborn at times since they are bred for stubborn people. If you train your dog well from a young age, you should have no problems. These dogs can be very affectionate and cuddly once they’ve been in a home environment for a while.
5. Yorkshire Terrier
Also called Yorkie. These guys are feisty little creatures and can act as though they aren’t all that small. They can sometimes get aggressive with other dogs and pets if you don’t socialize them early on (they’re okay otherwise), but most Yorkies will listen well when they are trained by someone authoritative; if you’re not going to put any authority into your commands though, the dog might be harder to train. These guys can become very energetic without proper exercise, so make sure he gets a chance to run around outside every once in a while! Yorkie owners should also keep their little ones on a leash every time they go out; even though these guys usually behave themselves, there’s always the possibility that they’ll bark at another dog or a person on the street. They can also learn to listen better if you socialize them early on with other animals, but they may have some trust issues, especially when trained by a person who isn’t very friendly themselves. It’s important to give these dogs plenty of exercise; otherwise, they may become overly energetic, leading to destructive behavior such as tearing up your furniture or barking because the dog is bored.
6. West Highland White Terrier (Westie) or Cairn Terrier
Another dog breed similar to a Yorkie is the West Highland White Terrier, also called Westie. These dogs are very much like their Yorkie counterparts when it comes to training – they are stubborn. You should take some time early on with these guys by socializing them, so they don’t become aggressive around other animals or people, but otherwise, they usually do well with small children since they love to play and have fun. One of the biggest drawbacks of owning a Westie is their size; while he might seem like quite the alpha-dog around the house, he’s still relatively small, which means little kids might accidentally hurt him without realizing it.
7. Schnauzer (Standard or Miniature)
Schnauzers are another dog breed that is very similar to a Yorkie in training. They’re stubborn and love attention. Making sure you socialize them with other pets in the house from a young age makes it easier to train them, but they can be quite destructive if left alone inside without proper exercise or playtime. Miniature Schnauzers require more grooming attention than their standard-sized counterparts because of their long hair, but thankfully they don’t shed as much as other breeds do.
Havanese dogs are one of the most popular breeds in the United States. They are small-sized dogs that look like little fluffy puppies forever. They were originally bred to be companion dogs, and they seem to have achieved this goal well by being very social, affectionate, and puppy-like around their owners.
The origin of these cute dogs has made them one of the nation’s favorites as both family pets and show dogs.
9. Silky Terrier
Silky Terrier is a gun dog breed generally used for hunting small game. They were originally bred to hunt vermin and develop the nickname “the poor man’s fox terrier” due to their high prey drive. They have a fierce expression with strong jaws when closed and medium-sized ears.
10. Cairn Terrier – Another hypoallergenic dog breed is the Cairn Terrier. This is another dog originally bred in Scotland as a hunter – they were commonly used for hunting foxes and rabbits, among other things. Nowadays, though, they’re more commonly just found as family pets; if you get this type of Terrier, you’ll want to make sure he gets plenty of exercise every day since they have somewhat high energy levels. These dogs are known for being smart enough to learn their commands quickly; most owners don’t train them properly (or at all), which makes them disobedient. They can sometimes become somewhat territorial with other dogs if you don’t train them properly, but their instincts as hunters are powerful – they’re like miniature foxes in that way.
Another toy breed that’s considered hypoallergenic is the Affenpinscher – it has shorter fur and sheds very little (it does shed, though, so these dogs aren’t entirely non-shedding). The affenpinscher was originally bred to chase out rodents like rats and snakes, among other things – today; they’re used more for companionship and as show dogs. They’re small dogs that usually only weigh about 6 pounds but can sometimes get up to 11 or 12 pounds. As long as they don’t live alone all the time – these dogs are very social and want company from their owners almost all the time – they shouldn’t have any psychological issues (like becoming overly aggressive) in your home. These dogs should not be trained too strictly, though; they tend to be rather stubborn with commands like sitting or lying down if you make them try too hard to do it. But most importantly, you’ll want to give them plenty of opportunities to interact with other people and pets so they can be happier in general; just remember this dog’s bred over many years with good social skills, so try to give him time to adjust.
12. Chinese Crested
Like the name suggests, these dogs originally came from China – they’re also called “powder puffs” because of their hair texture; it’s full and thick until you pet them, and then it kind of just falls off (the fur that is). The breed was developed for many years to be used as circus animals or lapdogs; they’re small, relatively easy to train, and have been used as pets for hundreds of years now. They can sometimes become somewhat aggressive, especially if you don’t socialize them early on with other dogs or people (which isn’t a big deal anyway since these are very laid-back dogs). Still, they tend to get along well enough with everyone else (including cats!) as long as you properly train them.
Again, there are no 100% allergy-safe dogs, as all dogs shed, but some more than others.
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