Twenty years ago, if you were allergic to dogs, the number of dog breeds you could have owned were pretty limited. You might have considered a poodle, a Maltese, or a Wheaton Terrier (all great dogs!)
But nowadays, thanks to the cross-breeding of so many dog breeds, there are numerous hypoallergenic (or almost hypoallergenic) dogs from which you can choose.
An important caveat to consider with cross bred dogs; because the mixed breeds all still have a parent with hair or dander, it’s critical that potential owners suffering from allergies spend a little time with the dog before they make a commitment. This is the best way to ensure you are not allergic.
In no order, here are some of our favorites:
1. Cavapoo – the Cavapoo is a mix between a King Charles Spaniel and a poodle. They’re outgoing, playful, and hearty enough to be around small children. They’re also known as cavoodles and cavadoodles.
2. Maltese- the Maltese is a pure bread dog and perfect traveling companions. Usually weighing less than 10 pounds, the Maltese is a wonderful “lap dog” happy to sit on his or hers owners’ lap. They’re highly affectionate and wonderful watch dogs, though their small size can make them a bit nervous around strangers.
3. Goldendoodle – the Goldendoodle has become one of the most popular breeds. Families love Golden Retrievers and, in this case, they get a golden retriever combined with the benefits of the poodle which means – (hopefully) no shedding! These are wonderful family dogs–good with children, kind, and playful.
4. Labradoodle – the Labradoodle, like the Golden Doodle, is a mixed breed. A Labrador retriever combined with a poodle for the benefits of a great tempered dog that doesn’t shed as badly as the Labrador Retriever.
5. Wheaton Terrier – we LOVE Wheaton Terriers here at Mystical Living. They are super friendly, lovable animals that are pure bread (originally from Ireland!) and hypoallergenic. They are great companions for families and for each other. Originally housed on Irish farms, these are worker dogs that love to be given tasks. They’re great swimmers and loads of fun on a boat!
6. Bichon Frise – you can’t get much cuter than the Bichon Frise…and these little (but sturdy) dogs love to be hugged and cuddled. They’re gentle dogs, great for families.
7. Westie Highland Terrier – Westies are courageous, independent dogs with big personalities. They are highly intelligent with a strong hunting instinct. These dogs tend to work best in families with older children since small children can sometimes test their patience.
9. Poodle – talking about some smart dogs! Poodles are one of the most intelligent breeds and highly trainable. Nonetheless, they sometimes develop anxiety and can be quite fearful of strangers. They come in three sizes, standard, miniature, and toy size.
10. Shih Tzus – these dogs are some of the sweetest. Lovable, playful and always great companions, the Shih Tzu has a hair like coat as opposed to traditional dog fur and, as such, is viewed as a hypoallergenic dog breed.
Keep in mind, specific people can have allergies to specific dogs. Though some breeds and mixes are better than others, dander, hair, and fur will all affect people in different ways. Sometimes even dogs from the same litter may differ in how they affect you. One way to be certain you’re safe from an allergic attack is to have a trial period with your prospective dog.
We wish you luck! Having a dog is one of the most rewarding things for an individual or family.