Don’t let allergies hold you back. There are dogs that accommodate your sniffles!
By Justyne Yuen-Lee
Sometimes getting a puppy can be difficult. There are so many things to consider – where is the puppy going to sleep? How are you going to train your puppy? What tricks should they learn? Although these questions are important, there are some other questions that might not cross our mind. If you and your family or partner don’t have any allergies to fur, you might skip this consideration altogether. But, if you plan on having friends over to meet your pupper or bring them to work with you, you might just have to consider getting a hypoallergenic pup. The other option is to have a lot of Antihistamine around or a whole lot of tissues. You might just have to get used to having your conversations sprinkled with lots of sniffles.
Do we have great news for you – we’ve rounded up 10 hypoallergenic dogs for you to consider! There are super fluffy dogs, fun dogs, big dogs, little dogs, you’ve got some choice here! Let’s have a look.
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Friendly and fluffy – the Schnauzer, standard, giant and mini, was originally a German protector and companion. Apparently the Schnauzer is not one of the brightest breeds, but is an excellent choice for a family pet. The Schnauzer also has fur that won’t make you sneeze AND has eyebrows and a mustache on fleek.
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A Congo native, the Basenji originally helped people with their rodent problems and was a hunting companion. A Basenji has the most adorable curled tail and a short, fine coat. We should let you know, the Basenji is a dog with an attitude and may not listen very well!
8. Bichon Frise
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Bichon Frises are the cotton puffs of dog world. The most popular style, mostly in Asia, is to groom their coats to make their everything round and fluffy. Before you consider the Bichon Frise, know that they are EXTREMELY needy. Be prepared to give them a lot of attention and a whole lot of grooming to maintain that beautiful coat!
7. Brussels Griffon
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This tiny, strange looking, and adorable dog makes it to list of hypoallergenic doggos. They have a mess of fur and can probably fit in your pocket. They’re also another stubborn breed, so be prepared to be stern and consistent! Don’t be rough with these guys as they have tiny, skinny legs, prone to breakage.
6. Shih Tzus
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These little fluff balls have the perfect fur to groom – you can grow out their fur long and tie their fluff back into cute ponytails. Shih Tzus are named after lions, but they’re lovers, not fighters.
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The Maltese loves EVERYONE. Their fur is versatile and they look cute in any haircut. Tiny Maltese dogs are so great for companionship that they make amazing therapy dogs! Definitely a breed to consider.
You’ll fall in love with a Havanese’s silky fur and cuddly size. Apparently Havanese dogs gained the nickname “Velcro” because they stick so close to their peoples’ sides. No complaints here and even if you have allergies, you can cuddle with your Havanese all day!
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I feel like dog culture has come a long way from Poodles only looking a certain way (think Oliver and the Company). Now, we keep them super fluffy and cuddly, a more casual look than for show dogs . They come in standard and mini size too!
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Talk about a tiny dog with a big attitude. Yorkies, like all these other long furred hypoallergenic dogs, have a variety of hairstyles to choose from. They can have long locks or short fur so you can see their adorable faces!
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Although we’ve covered the fact that designer dogs like the Labradoodle may not have been the greatest idea, it doesn’t mean that they’re not adorable, fluffy, and hypoallergenic!
Which one would you get? Remember, adding a dog to your life is a huge decision, and it is one for life. Whether you work with a reputable breeder or a rescue organization, make sure you do you research on the canine qualities which fit your lifestyle. It will be the best decision you ever make!