7 Dog Breeds For Allergy & Asthma Sufferers
For those of us who suffer from or have loved ones that suffer from rampant allergies, or breathing ailments such as asthma may be wondering - will I ever be able to own a pet if I want to? Or will it be overall just too hazardous for my health? Although there are several dog breeds that shed and can trigger asthma or allergy-related attacks, there are a few that don't cause these problems to the same severity.
People often mistake dog's that possess short fur as having less shedding or being more allergy-friendly when that isn't true. It's important to remember that it isn't the fur necessarily that causes allergic reactions, but the dander the dog has in its skin, urine, and saliva. This is why coming into contact with a dog, even one that isn't a heavy shedder can trigger allergic reactions or difficulty breathing.
Although not entirely proven, it is seemingly more and more possible to have a hypoallergenic dog. Research is still ongoing but many pet owners have reported positive results with certain breeds. Below, we list out a handful of them.
1. Miniature Schnauzer
A cross breed between a poodle and a traditional schnauzer, these playful little princes and princesses are a very fun and energetic breed. These dogs are designed for those allergy sufferers that enjoy outdoor activities and regular exercise. Schnauzer's shed very little but do require regular grooming to keep their coat trimmed, shiny and healthy all year long. They grow to be about 12 to 14 inches tall, weighing in between 11-20 pounds, with a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
2. Poodle Or Poodle Mix
As we mentioned in Number 1, poodles and poodle mixes are very safe breeds for those who suffer from allergies and asthma. Poodles actually grow hair — unlike most dogs, who grow fur, and they shed very little. Their hair doesn't lock in dust or pollutant particles as easily as other breed and they are easily trained. Mixed breeds like golden doodles (golden retriever and poodle) or labradoodles (labrador and poodle) are also great options for people who have allergies. Their height, weight, and life expectancy can vary depending on the type of poodle.
3. Yorkshire Terrier
Family-oriented dogs, Yorkshire Terrier's have very little fur and you can cut their hair short so you don't have to worry about brushing as often. Although you will see some owners prefer their hair long and straight with bows, it isn't necessary for a healthy, happy Yorkshire Terrier. These dogs are very kid friendly and patient, meaning if you have to give them a longer grooming session, they can handle it. These little guys are usually between 7 and 8 inches tall, weighing about 7 pounds with a life expectancy between 11 and 15 years.
4. Shih Tzu
A playful and outgoing breed, these little guys are good on your nose and airways too! Their unique faces are recognized around the world and so are their lovable, joyful personalities. They grow to between 9 and 10.5 inches tall at an adorable weight of 10 to 16 pounds. These vivacious babies live anywhere from 10 to 18 years, too. This breed is over 1,000 years old so clearly they're doing something right. Their name means 'little lion' from a Mandarin phrase and they truly embody that description. You are guaranteed a good time with these little guys, and your nose will thank you!
5. Coton de Tulear
These bright, fun-loving dogs are a perfect playful friend for those with allergies and asthma issues. They are between 9 and 11 inches tall normally, and weight between 10 and 15 pounds, with a life expectancy of 15 to 19 years. Prepare for a sniffles-free fun time with this guy or gal, because they'll be around for quite some time. This breed is also known for being the 'Royal Dog of Madagascar.' They simply enjoy playing and prancing and being around their designated human.
6. American Hairless Terrier
I'm sure you can image the less hair, the easier it is for owners with allergy, asthma, and other respiratory problems to take care of. Planted right in the name, this energetic and curious breed of dog is just right. There are varietals of the breed that do possess a light hairy coat as well. Perfect for allergy sufferers who still enjoy roaming, being outside, and getting exercise. This smart, inquisitive breed will keep you sneeze-free and entertained.
7. Spanish Water Dog
A strong, upbeat, and work-oriented breed, these mop-headed dogs are a beautiful combination of playful and genuinely hard working. They are 17.5 to 20 inches tall, weighing between 40 and 50 pounds with a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years. A practically inexhaustible breed, the Spanish Water Dog has historically been employed as a herder or waterfowl retriever. If you are a big outdoors person or someone who may need a hand around your property while staving off allergy attacks, this breed is perfect for you. Too cute to miss, they have woolly curls and a charming personality to pair with their work ethic and watch dog mentality.