“AHCHOO!” That’s the sound of you or your loved one sneezing thanks dog allergies. That is, unless it’s a hypoallergenic dog.
No dog is 100 percent hypoallergenic, but those with non-shedding coats have less of the dander that causes allergies. Some people may think they’re choices are limited to Labradoole or Poodles, but there’s plenty of breeds to choose from if you want to skip the sneezing and focus on snuggling.
The Smart Schnauzer
Pick the Schnauzer breed size that best fits your lifestyle: standard, miniature and giant. The Schnauzer is a smart, loyal, and trainable dog that loves children. Schnauzers were bred as rat catchers and guard dogs, but they also helped the Red Cross and carried messages in times of war. This breed usually has a pure black or “salt and pepper” coat.
The Terrific Kerry Blue Terrier
The friendly Kerry Blue Terrier is an affectionate breed that is great with children. The Kerry Blue Terrier originates from Ireland, where it was bred to herd and to hunt. It’s important to socialize this breed from an early age, as they are prone to aggression with other dogs. This dog’s beautiful blue coat is ideal for allergy sufferers, but must be brushed daily.
The Magnificent Maltese
The playful Maltese gets its name from its country of origin, Malta, and has been popular since Roman times. This breed may be tiny (it usually weighs between 4 to 7 pounds), but don’t let that fool you! Maltese are full of personality, intelligence, and energy. Keep this beautiful dog’s silky white coat long, which requires daily maintenance, or cut it short.
If you have a dog but still find your allergies acting up, follow these tips from the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology:
- Keep the dog out of your bedroom.
- Don’t pet, hug, or kiss the dog. If you do, then wash your hands with soap and water.
- Using a HEPA cleaner continuously can help reduce allergens over time.
- Don’t pet, hug or kiss the dog; if you do, wash your hands with soap and water.
- Regular use of a high-efficiency vacuum can reduce allergen levels.
- Giving your dog a weekly bath can reduce airborne dog allergen.