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Five Hypoallergenic Dogs
Best Dogs for Allergies
Want to adopt a dog, but suffer from pet allergies? There may still be hope. Pet allergy sufferers are actually allergic to the protein (Can F1) in a dog's dander, saliva, and other secretions. And while no pet is 100% "hypoallergenic" — all dogs produce dander, saliva, and urine — there are some dogs that produce fewer symptom-causing allergens, or shed less of them. The following are some dogs you may want to consider if you have pet allergies but still can't resist a canine companion.
1. Poodle (Standard and Miniature)
Originally used as an aid for duck hunters in France, the Poodle has become a favorite among dog allergy sufferers too. This is mainly because the Poodle sheds little of its tight, curly locks, which helps retain the dander.
2. Portuguese Water Dog
When the Obamas were in search of a dog that wouldn't trigger Malia's allergies, the President and First Lady eventually picked this gregarious and fun-loving dog breed. Why? The Portuguese Water Dog produces little dander and doesn't shed much.
3. Airedale Terrier
Many people that are allergic to other dog breeds seem to have fewer problems living with the oft-considered largest and toughest of terriers due to its low dander production and short, wiry coat, which helps retain the dander.
4. Bichon Frisé
Don't let its puffed white coat fool you. The Bichon Frisé does not shed much and produces little dander. It's no wonder this breed is recommended for many dog allergy sufferers seeking a lovable lapdog.
5. West Highland White Terrier
The "Westie" is not only known for its friendly and strong-willed personality, but also for the minimal shedding of its dense and wiry coat. The West Highland White Terrier's coat also helps retain the little allergy-causing dander it produces.
Please remember people with severe dog allergies and asthma may still be affected by a "hypoallergenic" pet. Consult with your doctor if you are a pet allergy sufferer but still want to get a dog.
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