20 Dog Breeds for Allergy Sufferers

Certain Breeds May Offer Relief

Many pet lovers are allergic to dog dander, dog saliva, and/or dog urine, and can therefore find it challenging to live with a four-legged companion. The protein in the saliva and urine sticks to the dried dander of a pet’s skin which is then released into the air, triggering allergy symptoms in people.

While there’s no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog, according to Dr. James Li at the Mayo Clinic, certain breeds that don’t shed fur or shed very little offer hope to those who want to bring home a pet. Less shedding means less allergy-causing dander inside a home and, hopefully, fewer allergy symptoms for pet owners.

This list of 20 dog breeds for allergy sufferers highlights those known to have less dander and shed less. This doesn’t mean that another breed isn’t right for you, and it’s worth considering that there are hybrid dog breeds that may also work for those with allergies.

  • Affenpinschers
  • Afghan Hounds
  • Airedale Terriers
  • American Hairless Terriers
  • Basenji Dogs
  • Bedlington Terriers
  • Bichon Frise
  • Cairn Terriers
  • Chinese Crested Dogs
  • Havanese Dogs
  • Italian Greyhounds
  • Kerry Blue Terriers
  • Labradoodle
  • Lagotto Romagnolo
  • Maltese Dogs
  • Poodles
  • Portuguese Water Dogs
  • Schnauzers
  • Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Spanish Water Dog

1. Affenpinschers

During the 1600s, the affenpinscher was in high demand for its rat-chasing skills, and became known for its unusual looking face which appeared to resemble that of a monkey. Hence, the breed was named “affen,” which means “monkey” in German. Today, the breed is a family pet, known for its affectionate, lively and confident disposition.