We get it: Having allergies doesn’t eliminate your soft spot for furry friends. I mean, who wouldn’t want to look at this face all day?
Dog allergies are not always onset by fur. In fact, most people are actually allergic to dog dander, saliva, urine and/or allergens that stick to the dog’s fur (pollen, ragweed, etc…)
In order to help those of you who suffer from allergies but still want to have a dog at home, we have compiled a list of 8 dog breeds that make the best companions for people with allergies:
Portuguese Water Dog
These guys have a robust coat that requires regular grooming, which makes them a great match for people with allergies because their dander is washed away more frequently than other dog breeds.
These Terriers are considered low-allergy dogs because they shed less dander than other breeds. Plus, their coat is soft and wavy!
The Poodle’s coat tends to be both tightly curled and lacking in undercoat. This combination tends to keep dead hair from detaching and floating around, and it also tends to retain dander. Because their coat can easily mat or tangle, these dogs require regular grooming, which also helps reduce their dander production.
Like Poodles, these guys have a curled coat, making it harder for dander to escape. They also require regular grooming so they shed less dander in your home.
The American Labradoodle is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. Because of their poodle-like coat, these are also considered low-allergy dogs.
Schnauzers have wire-haired coats that are soft to the touch, and also retain dander better than other breeds, making them a good option for people with allergies.
A little smaller than a Greyhound, these dogs barely shed, which makes it easier to keep them free of allergens. Brushing them outside of the house keeps the fur to a minimum inside.
Samoyeds shed, but their skin has no dander, which makes them a good choice for people with allergies.