While the Labrador retriever remains the most popular dog that people want to own, for those with allergies, Labrador Retrievers are not the best breed to choose from. Many other types of dogs would be more suitable for those suffering from allergies.
These breeds include Chinese Crested, Kerry Blue Terrier, and the Schnauzer. These dogs are not only beautiful; they also have short hair without an undercoating or longer hair that does not shed as much as other breeds.
The Chinese Crested is available in two varieties, the hairless or the powder puff. Both types are considered hypoallergenic and are desired by those who have allergic reactions to dog hair and dander. The hairless, which is more common than the powder puff, has hair on its paws, head, and tail. Hair may also grow on its chin. The hair is soft and does not shed as often as other breeds.
The hairless Chinese crested is prone to sunburn and acne, however. You should learn how to take care of this type of dog before buying one. Other than skin issues, these dogs are amiable and enjoy being with their owners.
Powderpuff Chinese Crested has a full coat of long, soft hair that does not shed as often. People have fewer allergy issues with this breed because the hair is long and does not float through the air long enough for people to be affected. Both the hairless and the powder puff varieties are suitable companions for those with dog allergies.
Kerry Blue Terrier
The Kerry Blue Terrier is a larger hypoallergenic dog with a flat head, predominant chest, and a coat similar to that of the Poodle or Maltese. The dog gets its name because its coat will take on a blue sheen once it is an adult. Originally used for hunting, the Kerry Blue Terrier is now considered a working dog and requires constant companionship.
To maintain this breed’s coat, you will have to have the dog groomed every two months and brush the coat once a week to prevent clumping. Since the dog does not shed, this is one of the better hypoallergenic dogs to choose from. Also, this breed does not have an undercoat, which will also reduce allergic reactions. However, it would be best to let the dog outside in cold weather since the lack of an undercoat will cause the dog harm in colder temperatures.
The Schnauzer is a hypoallergenic dog breed with short hair that does not shed. If you purchase one of these breeds, you will have to keep up regular grooming appointments.
The Schnauzer comes in three different varieties: the Miniature Schnauzer, the Standard Schnauzer, and the Giant Schnauzer. Even though they vary in size, the schnauzer can be recognized by its boxy face, short hair, and square build. This breed is a popular pet because it does not shed and because of its easy-going temperament.