Have you found yourself wanting a dog but can’t seem to stop sneezing when you’re around them?
You’re not alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, as much as 10-20% of people in the US are allergic to dogs and cats. Dander, which is attached to pet hair, is responsible for most dog allergies. There are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs, but there are many dog breeds that are less allergenic because they have a non-shedding coat that produces less dander (1).
Best Dog Breeds for People With Allergies
All poodles are suitable for those with allergies, including standard, toy, and mini poodles. Poodles are one of the most popular dogs in the US because they are easily trained. Poodles also typically have short hair, for the most part, to protect their joints and vital organs, so shedding and dander are less of a concern.
The maltese, a small and playful dog, has silky white hair. Although Maltese hair is long, it typically doesn’t shed, making it ideal for allergy sufferers. Maltese hair does require quite a bit of grooming, though, so keep that in mind.
The bichon frise, a tiny and energetic dog, has fluffy, continually growing hair, but it also doesn’t shed. The bichon frise’s hair also requires frequent grooming.
The yorkshire terrier is among the smallest of the terriers. It also doesn’t shed, and is small and sweet, yet rambunctious.
Chinese Crested Dog
The chinese crested dog comes in two varieties: with hair and hairless. Both can be born in the same litter. The hairless version is ideal for those who suffer with allergies because of its lack of shedding and dander. Chinese crested dogs are small, alert, and energetic, and crave human companionship.
How to Reduce Pet Dander and Allergies in Your Home
We all love pets, but they can create airborne pollutants in the home. If left, these pollutants can cause allergies and exacerbate existing conditions like COPD and asthma, and are often the cause of unwanted odors.
There are things you can do within your home to keep allergens at a minimum when you have a dog. You can wash your pet’s bed regularly, keep them well-groomed, and consider not letting them sleep on your bed. You can also remove carpets and drapes that are prone to trap dander.
The Best Solution: Air Purification
The Austin Air HealthMate removes up to 99.97% of allergens in your home, including pet dander. The combination of medical-grade HEPA and 780 cubic inches of activated carbon and zeolite effectively remove airborne allergens and odors and keep your home clean and fresh, even with a dog.