Hypoallergenic Dogs – Good Dogs For People With Allergies

by tessa

My cousin Carl had a really difficult decision.

His 8 year old, Bethany, was ready for the responsibility of a pet. After lots of discussion and research he and Bethany agreed that a dog would be a welcomed addition to the family.

The problem was that Carl was allergic to dogs.

Growing up in a household that loved dogs during his childhood, Carl was plagued with runny nose, eye itching and symptoms that resembled asthma. He thought he was never going to be able to own a dog again.

Was Carl’s issue with dog allergies going to force him to disappoint Bethany?

Thankfully, no.

Prospective dog owners who suffer from allergies, but who can’t do without the joy of a canine companion, and want to keep their allergies at bay do have choices. In fact the AKC suggests they consider the following breeds:

  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Bichon Frise
  • Chinese Crested
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Maltese
  • Poodles (Toy, Miniature or Standard)
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Schnauzer (Miniature, Standard or Giant)
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Xoloitzcuintli

Ideally, most of these breeds have non-shedding coats, which produce less dander. It’s the dander not the hair which causes most pet allergies.

Bethany is now a proud owner of a Wheaten Terrier.

Carl is still able to breath.

Fortunately there are hypoallergenic dogs.

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