Everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy a canine friend at some point in their lives. For those who struggle with pet allergies, however, that might seem like an impossibility. Fortunately, some breeds are much less allergenic than others. Listed below are some of the best dogs for people with allergies (less dander, less drool), as well as some of the not so great dogs for people with allergies.
Labradoodle and Bichon Frise
These dogs are great for people with allergies because their curly coats produce very little dander. Also, their coats are easy to maintain and are largely resistant to bringing in outdoor allergens.
Spanish Water Dog and Portuguese Water Dog
These dogs are great because their coats tend to shed very little. Their coats are also waterproof, making them ideal breeds for outdoor living.
Hairless Chinese Crested and Xoloitzcuintli
These dogs are quite hypoallergenic due to their almost total lack of hair.
The Schnauzer is widely known as a low-dander breed, making it ideal for those allergic to dogs. They also shed and drool far less than most other breeds.
These royal looking canines are not too keen on drooling so they’re a great choice if you’re allergic to dog saliva. An added bonus is they don’t shed very much at all, mostly because their curly coats trap hair before it can fall to the ground.
NOT THE BEST (Even though we still love them dearly)
Basset Hound and Bloodhound
These popular hunting breeds, though lovely and delightful in nature, are terrible for people allergic to dog saliva. Not only do they drool abundantly, but they also shed far more than you’d expect for a short haired breed.
German Shepherd, Akita, Siberian Husky, and Alaskan Malamute
These breeds’ year-round tendency to drop fur make them rather unsuitable for households allergic to pet dander.
Chow Chow and Great Pyrenees
Both of these longer-haired dogs shed abundantly, making them a poor choice for those with dander allergies.
Doberman Pinscher and Labrador Retriever
Though these dedicated breeds have much shorter coats than others, they tend to shed more dander than breeds with smoother coats.
Saint Bernard and English Bulldog
These loveable brutes are infamous for their faucet-like drooling, and so are likely to cause problems for those allergic to dogs. Their abundant shedding makes these breeds a double-edged sword for people sensitive to both dander and saliva.
Whether you suffer from the occasional canine allergy or have a more intense allergic reaction to dogs, there’s a breed out there for you. If you’ve got enough love to go around, we suggest that you go to your local shelter and adopt a new best friend today!