Getting sniffles and sneezes when you’re around animals shouldn’t stop you from having a pet. According to the American Kennel Club, there are many hypoallergenic dogs that would make the perfect companion without sneezing.
Being hypoallergenic means that these breeds contain fewer allergenic substances called allergens which can cause symptoms such as runny eyes, itching, and even swelling.
However, it is important to establish that no dog breed is 100% hypoallergenic or allergen free, but some breeds are less likely to stimulate allergies in humans.
If you’re looking for an animal that’s less likely to trigger your allergies, here are 15 hypoallergenic dog breeds:
These little guard dogs shed little and are very alert, making them good guard dogs as well as pets. They may sound very serious, but they are extremely playful and love to play fetch. Mini schnauzers are also very trainable.
All Poodles, including Standard, Toy, and Miniature, are hypoallergenic. Poodles may seem a little aloof, but they are intelligent, easy to train, and very friendly, making them one of the most popular dogs in the United States.
Tiny but mighty, Yorkies have a lot of personality in their tiny bodies. Their fur is very fine and silky, which makes them ideal for allergy sufferers. However, they also require regular grooming to keep their hair in good condition.
Shih Tzus dates back to the Tang Dynasty and were originally bred as royal companions. Happy to curl up on their knees after a walk, these dogs are both affectionate and lively, cheerful and without weight loss.
Maltese dogs may be small, averaging just seven pounds, but they are smart, agile, and love to play. Their all-white coats are hypoallergenic but require regular brushing and professional grooming.
Portuguese water dog
The Portuguese Water Dog was originally bred to help fishermen drive fish into nets and collect material from the water. If you recognize the breed, maybe it’s because the Obama family had two called Sunny and Bo.
The stubborn but lovable Scottie was originally bred as a vermin hunter and their thick, stiff coat helped keep them warm in freezing conditions.
Good news for lovers of large dogs, giant schnauzers are also hypoallergenic like their smaller counterparts. The largest of the three types of Schnauzers, they can reach 75 pounds and have an intelligent, task-oriented temperament, but are also friendly and playful.
West Highland Terrier
The Westie is often described as a large dog in the body of a small dog, and for good reason. These friendly, lively dogs waste little time and are always cheerful and ready to play.
These beautiful dogs don’t shed, but their long coat requires intensive grooming to keep it in good condition. Afghans are greyhounds that require a lot of exercise but love to be with their families.
Basenjis are native to African hunting dogs, but surprisingly they rarely bark or bark. These dogs have very short, fine hair that does not fall out, so they are easy to maintain in terms of grooming.
A relative of the Westie, Cairn Terriers have a similar personality and appearance and were made famous by Toto in The Wizard of Oz. These playful and entertaining puppies make great pets and won’t make you sneeze either.
The American Kennel Club has described these dogs as “terriers in sheep’s clothing” because of their lambskin appearance. Bedlingtons are known for their curly hair and the unusual tuft of hair on their heads.
These dogs are originally from Tibet and are tiny but majestic. Lhasa Apsos stand less than a foot tall at the shoulder, but are sturdy and recognizable by their long, long coat that hangs down either side of the body. Many owners choose to give their dogs a “puppy cut” to save on grooming.
Bichons are actually bred to be hypoallergenic. Their soft, fluffy fur and compact size make them the perfect pet for small spaces.
The Havanese is the national dog of Cuba. Friendly and cheerful, these dogs have long hair but are hypoallergenic and do not lose weight, making them ideal for allergy sufferers. These dogs are very people-oriented and enjoy spending time with their owners, but can be a bit clingy at times.