Hypoallergenic dogs are a total myth – no dog is 100% sure that it will not cause allergies. However, there are some breeds of dogs that are far less likely to cause a reaction in those with asthma or allergies.
A Team Dogs reader recently asked which breed would suit him best so as not to irritate his condition.
He said, “I have had asthma all my life and in all animals, but I would love a dog. Are there any breeds that would be more suitable or have less of an effect on my allergies? “
Advice was given by Dave Tweedle, Clinical Director at Natures Vet Group, Bath Vet Group and Vice Chairman of the Clinical Board at My Family Vets, the UK’s leading network of veterinary practices.
He said, “If you have asthma or allergies, you may have thought that having a dog is just not possible. Coughing, sneezing, and skin irritation can keep even the greatest dog lovers from welcoming a four-legged friend into their home.
“Fortunately, there are several dog breeds that are really unlikely to cause a reaction in those with asthma or allergies. You may have heard that short-haired dogs are better at preventing allergies, but many allergy sufferers are allergic to dead skin (flakes), saliva, and urine rather than fur.
“While no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, some have tight curls and no undercoat, which means they are less likely to cause allergic reactions.”
Here are five breeds that have gained popularity in households with asthma and allergies:
Smart, energetic, and graceful, the poodle is a great choice for allergy sufferers. Thanks to its thick, wiry coat, the poodle is one of the most hypoallergenic breeds.
Shih Tzus lose very little and are a great choice as canine companion if you or someone in your family has allergies.
They are small dogs who are comfortable in most home settings, so they are a great choice if you live in a smaller house or apartment.
A lively breed known for their fluffy white fur. The curly fur of the Bichon Frize catches shorter hairs during the moult.
They are great companions and love to learn new tricks thanks to their history in the circus.
The Maltese is a small lap dog and is famous for its silky white fur that extends to the ground.
You might expect it to be serial hair, but because Maltese have no undercoat, they lose very little hair.
You can also cut off their coats to lower their grooming needs.
With distinctive poufs Curly-haired Bedlingtons are gentle dogs with little to no fur.
Their crisp fur is curly, reminiscent of sheep’s wool, and comes in many different colors, including blue, fawn, and tan.