Hypoallergenic dogs have a low tendency to cause allergies in some people. Some dogs shed less than others and this may mean that they are hypoallergenic. The most common shedding dog is the Labrador Retriever, with the beaver-like tail giving away its species.
The Problem with the term ‘Hypoallergenic dogs’
The term “hypoallergenic” is on the most basic level typically used to describe a dog that does not produce dander and therefore will not cause a person who has allergies to dogs to have an allergic reaction. This definition is what people really mean when they say a dog is hypoallergenic. The problem with this definition is that it doesn’t take into account the other proteins present on a dog’s skin which are also what cause allergic reactions. These other proteins include Can f 1 and Can f 2, which are found in saliva and sebaceous glands, and poodle protein (aka poodle hair) which comes from the dog’s coat or fur.
Some people are highly allergic to dogs and get skin rashes after petting, brushing or playing so called ‘hypoallergenic dogs’. Such allergies usually arise from contact with dogs’ saliva and dander (dandruff) which can be found in their fur.
Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds
Bichons Frises, even though they have very little dander, it has been shown that people who are allergic to dogs do not react as badly when exposed to the hair of a Bichon Frise. This is because the fibers found in their fur tend to trap allergens and dead skin cells thus minimizing contact with the other proteins present on their coat. However, this does not mean that they are completely non-allergenic. It is also important to note that not everyone is allergic to a dog’s hair, so it may be possible for someone who is allergic to have no problems at all when exposed to the fur of a Bichon Frise.
Poodles have become popular dogs because of their unique features. They are considered the most intelligent dog breed according to AKC standards, they have a friendly demeanor, and they look stylish in both curly and straight hair. Apart from all these, poodles don’t shed much or at least not what people are used to with other dog breeds. However, this is not the only reason why poodles are so popular as pets.
The main reason why poodles are hypoallergenic dogs is because they don’t shed much or at least it’s easier for pet owners to be in contact with them without sneezing and getting allergic reactions.
Poodles are also genetically less likely to have a lot of fur and they shed hair that is very light compared to other dog breeds. That’s why it’s pretty easy for them to keep clean all the time, but more on grooming later!
A bedlington terrier is a low-shedding breed of dog, and it is a breed that has been around since the 1800s. They were originally bred to kill vermin and rodents, so their tight curly fur or coat makes sense for this reason. Nowadays many owners are just interested in owning these dogs because they are unique and fun to look at. But many people buy them because they believe that they are hypoallergenic.
Hybrid Dog Breeds that may be Hypoallergenic
The Cockapoo is a cross between a Cocker spaniel and a Poodle. These dogs are excitable, friendly and have low shedding fur.
If you wanted a Patterdale terrier but can’t deal with the short shedding fur, then a Patterpoo could be for you! These dogs are a Patterdale crossed with Poodle and the result is a very happy and energetic furry but low shedding terrier.
Hairless Dog Breeds
You you have strong pet hair allergies then you may consider a hairless dog! The American Hairless and Chinese Crested dog are the most popular hairless breeds.