DOGS THAT DON’T SHED: 10 HYPOALLERGENIC DOG BREEDS
Non-fighting and hypoallergenic dogs seem to be more popular than ever. Because dog allergies are so common, many pet lovers are looking for hypoallergenic dog breeds – sometimes paying thousands of dollars to get them. And still, others become hypoallergenic for hair, or lack thereof. Hair loss is a big problem for many pet owners, but it’s another write-off for owners of hypoallergenic dog breeds. If you are looking for a hypoallergenic breed, here is a list to explore before you start stocking up for your dog.
Although no dog is really hypoallergenic, as all dogs lose certain allergens, some breeds are known to be better for allergic people. And those same dogs that don’t lose their hair can make you put away the stuffed roll for good.
The alert and energetic Basenji is native to Central Africa and was bred as a hunting dog. Although it can be difficult to train, the Basenji is intelligent and reacts well to consistency. Its coat loses little hair, is hypoallergenic and requires minimal grooming.
2-Bouvier des Flandres
Like its close relative Yorkie, the Australian Silky Terrier is daring despite its small size. The Silky Terrier is appreciated for the softness and shine of its coat, but it is also hypoallergenic and little cute.
The Yorkshire Terrier, brave and adventurous, should not be judged by its size! Yorkshire Terriers often do not see themselves as small dogs and can be very voluntary. Originally bred to hunt rodents, Yorkshire Terriers can become loyal and devoted pets. Their hypoallergenic coat doesn’t lose much either.
4-Schnauzer (Miniature or Standard)
The schnauzer is an intelligent and energy-full breed, whether miniature or standard. The schnauzer is an excellent watchdog, protection dog and vermin hunter, but it is also popular as a pet because of its faithful nature and hypoallergenic coat.
5. Border Terrier
The Border Terrier was bred for hunting foxes and rodents, but this intelligent and rustic breed also makes a living companion or pet. Its stiff coat is hypoallergenic, does not lose much hair and requires easy weekly brushing.
Although labradors can be hypoallergenic, not very dumb and in good spirits, there are many variations between them as this is a new cross. No trait appears to be common to all labrados. That being said, be sure to look for a reputable breeder who knows the crossing well, and choose a dog that is a second generation mix (his mother and father are both Labradoodles) if possible. If you are looking for a specific trait, such as low performance, be sure to ask if the parents have had it, and your puppy is more likely to have this trait. As with any dog, there may be exceptions to the standard, but this is especially true for new crosses. If you’re not ready to be flexible, you can choose a more predictable breed.
The Cairn Terrier is a rustic and happy breed that originates from Scotland. Originally used to search for vermin in heaps of stones (cairns), the Cairn Terrier is now a popular pet. Its filiform coat is hypoallergenic and also repels water.
8-Irish Water Spaniel
The breed of Irish water spaniel has existed for centuries. Hunting dog and pet, the Irish Water Spaniel is friendly, active and dedicated to its owners.
Independent and territorial, the Scottie is a faithful companion. Add to that a hypoallergenic coat and minimal grooming, and you get an exceptional pet.
The two varieties of Chinese Crested, Hairless and Powderpuff (with soft hair all over the surface) are hypoallergenic. Alert and agile, the Chinese Crested loses little hair. Because of their “natural” appearance, the ridges are sensitive to extreme temperatures. In our cool Canadian climate, coats and boots are a must for this cute breed.