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Do you or your family members have allergies, and are reluctant to get a dog? You are not alone. Allergies are one of the main factors that stops families from enjoying the company of man’s best friend. 

Much as it is believed that more than 10% of America’s population are allergic to dogs, there is still a ray of hope for dog lovers. There are dog breeds that are meant for allergy sufferers; they have a thick coat that sheds less dander, which is the main trigger for allergic reactions.

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Does this sound like music to your ears? This article has compiled for you breeds that will work well with you despite your dog allergies. Read on to learn more about them.

Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds to Consider for the Family
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What Does Hypoallergenic Mean?

Hypoallergenic is anything that is not likely to cause an allergic reaction. In this case, hypoallergenic dog breeds are those that can live well with allergy sufferers. 

They usually have a non-shedding coat, and shade less dander. Most dogs are known to shade off dander that sticks to dog hair causing an allergic reaction trigger. 

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Afghan Hound

This type of dog is famous for being dignified and aloof. However, they are high maintenance, since they require regular grooming and exercises. 

If you own one, ensure you bathe and brush him at least twice every week. An Afghan Hound has a kingly appearance, they are sensitive in nature and have great love for people.

They are athletic and capable of great speed, which you can nurture by regular exercises ideally in a large, fenced yard. Their thick, silky, and flowing coat serves as protection from harsh climates. 

American Hairless Terrier

This is the most friendly, lively, and intelligent of them all. This dog breed is ideal for city dwellers because they require minimal exercise. Given their friendly and playful nature, they are good with children. 

This dog comes in coated and hairless varieties that make it ideal for allergy sufferers. On the other hand, his hairless nature makes him susceptible to sunburns and cold weather issues. If you want an alert and protective watchdog, this is it.

Bedlington Terrier

The Bedlington Terrier is famous for their wooly, curly coat that is similar to a lamb’s. This breed is also ideal for people that live in small apartments and city dwellers since they require minimal exercises: daily walks and regular playtime is good enough. 

Bichon Frise

This one is the naturally happy, gentle, and playful canine that loves activity. Their hair continually grows and needs regular grooming. The best part is that it has a no-shedding coat, so don’t worry about dog hairs filling your couch, carpets, or bed. 

This small, yet sturdy and resilient dog has one of the greatest personalities. They easily adapt to new environments, other animals, and children.

Chinese Crested

This one is the alert and playful breed, which thrives on human companionship. Given their small stature, they do well with families that have children. 

Also, they have a no-shedding coat and will not fill your house with dog hair. It stands at 11 to 13 inches tall, can be coated or hairless, and is characterized by graceful movement and fine-bone elegance. 

Giant Schnauzer

This is the intelligent breed that can be territorial and naturally protective of it’s own. This dog needs a lot of exercise and is not ideal for city dwellers. 

You will need to walk it, give it toys, and play with it often. It also loves to keep busy, and needs lots of attention. Also, they need regular grooming so that they keep healthy.

Irish Water Spaniel

Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds to Consider for the Family
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This is considered the clown of the spaniel family. It is a strong and intelligent breed and is the tallest of the spaniels. It’s famous for it’s crispy curled coat and “rat tail”. 

The Irish Water Spaniel is brave, hardworking, and a great swimmer in the field, yet affectionate and playful at home. It has a no-shedding coat and requires regular grooming to avoid allergies.

Conclusion

Hypoallergenic dog breeds are known to live well with people that are prone to allergic reactions. They have a no-shedding coat that sheds minimal to no dander. Most of these dogs are small, playful, and great companions.

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