5 best dogs for allergy sufferers

Wednesday, 08 Sep 2010 04:13 PM

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Dogs make great pets because of their loyalty and their playfulness. But what if you or someone in your house is allergy-prone? Many people who suffer from allergies think that they will have to live in a pet-free house all their lives. However, there are several breeds of dogs which do not shed as much hair as the average long-haired dog, thereby reducing the threat to allergy sufferers. Also, contrary to popular belief, the culprit causing your sneezing fits is not dog hair, it is dander — dead skin that is shed by the dog, and allergens like dust and pollen that get stuck to dog hair.
 
There are several hypoallergenic dogs that allergy-prone people can own:
 
1.    American Hairless Terrier. This is the most common allergy-free dog, bred deliberately to be hypoallergenic. They do not have any hair on their body. Those who suffer from reactions from the other breeds of dogs usually do well with the American Hairless Terrier.
 
2.    A Poodle breed. Allergy sufferers can do well with different Poodle cross breeds like the Labradoodle, Goldendoodle, etc. These breeds need regular grooming and a fair amount of exercise to ensure that their short hair remains healthy and is dander free.
 
3.    Bichon Frise. The Bichon Frise makes a great pet for those who suffer from allergies and own smaller houses. They have a double coat on their body, which decreases the amount of dander.
 
4.    The Maltese. This breed has a silky coat but sheds less hair. Maltese dogs are very common amongst allergy sufferers. However, their long silky hair needs some grooming to ensure that it stays dander-free.
 
5.    The Yorkshire Terrier. Lastly, the Yorkshire terrier, which is gaining popularity in America today, is one of the best hypoallergenic breeds. The Yorkie is very popular amongst families and older children. Though they shed very little hair, regular dog grooming is a must.

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