Allergic to Dogs? These 10 Dog Breeds are Best for People with Allergies
Love dogs but have allergies? We ask Gina DiNardo, American Kennel Club Executive Secretary and expert on all things breed related, for her definitive list of the best breeds for allergy sufferers.
Peruvian Inca Orchid
The Peruvian Inca Orchid can be hairless or coated—the hairless variety is a good choice for allergy sufferers. They also come in three different sizes: small, medium, and large. Peruvian Inca Orchids possess typical sighthound temperament; they are affectionate and playful with family members and sociable toward other dogs.
A Poodle’s coat is shiny, harsh-textured, uniformly curly, and dense throughout. Poodles don’t shed, but they must be brushed daily to keep their coats free of mats. Beneath the curly coat is an elegant athlete and companion for all reasons and seasons.
Portuguese Water Dog
The Portuguese Water Dogʼs coat is profuse, non-shedding, and waterproof. The coat ranges in appearance from tight and curly to loose and wavy. An athletic breed, the Portuguese Water Dog needs vigorous daily exercise and would do best with a very active family.
The Xoloitzcuintli comes in two varieties—hairless and coated. The hairless has a smooth, tough, protective skin, while the coated has a short, flat coat. The Xolo has the typical temperament traits of a primitive breed—strong natural instincts, wariness, and extreme devotion to its owner.
The Bichon Frise is a naturally gentle, happy, and playful companion. The Bichon breed sheds very little but must be brushed out twice a week to prevent mats from forming.
Afghan Hounds are known for being aloof and dignified. Once they pass the puppy coat stage (when daily brushing is needed), the adult Afghanʼs long, silky coat should be bathed once a week or brushed twice a week and given regular grooming. Several hours of brushing over the week are needed to keep the hair free of tangles and mats, as well as to remove any debris.
Bedlington Terriers are known for their people-loving, intelligent, and cheerful disposition. The crisp, curly coat of the Bedlington Terrier is a mix of soft and harsh, but not wiry, hair, almost resembling a lamb. While fastidious owners will be happy to learn that it virtually does not shed at all, it grows very quickly and needs to be clipped every two months and brushed regularly.
The Maltese has a long, silky, single coat that hangs flat against the body and may reach floor length. The Maltese coat is not weather protective, so they should not be left outdoors in hot or cold weather. They must be brushed regularly to prevent matting. Maltese are low-shedding, long-lived, and happy to make new friends of all ages.
The Chinese Crested is an alert, playful dog that thrives on human companionship. They are small and do well in families with gentle children. You might think that this breed would require almost no grooming, however, because the skin is exposed, the hairless Crested’s skin must be monitored for dryness and sunburn and the feathering on the hairless variety must be brushed at least once a week. Learn more about the Chinese Crested here.
American Hairless Terrier
The American Hairless Terrier is a lively, friendly, and intelligent companion. The American Hairless Terrier breed is a great family dog and perfect for city dwellers who have time for regular walks.