If you are allergic to dogs then you may have had a hard time finding a dog that you could have as a pet, even if you love dogs very much. Fortunately, there are some breeds that are considered “hypoallergenic.” No breed is completely hypoallergenic but some breeds are considered to be a good choice for people with allergies. They can have a single-layer coat, for example, and not shed. Or they can be very curly. There are several small dog breeds which are considered hypoallergenic. Here are some small hypoallergenic dogs you may wish to consider.
The Bichon Frise is a small, white dog with a double coat that curls. The outer coat is textured and the undercoat is silky. These dogs do not shed. They need to be groomed regularly. Most owners have their dogs professionally clipped about every 6 to 8 weeks with an all-over pet trim. The Bichon is a friendly, happy, cheerful little dog and they are very intelligent. They are a gentle, playful breed.
The Chinese Crested comes in two coat varieties. They can be hairless, with soft, silky hair on top of their head, a plume for a tail, and socks. Their hairless skin is smooth and soft. The Powderpuff variety is fluffy all over and the coat is a double coat with straight, soft hair. The Crested doesn’t shed very much and they are often recommended for people with allergy problems. The hairless variety can have problems with sunburn and skin irritations. The Chinese Crested is a playful, alert, gentle breed.
The Maltese has a long, beautiful, flowing white coat that is one single-coated layer. Their hair is silky and it needs to be brushed daily. The Maltese is a good choice for allergy-sufferers despite having a long coat that needs frequent grooming. They are a very clean breed. The Maltese is gentle, playful, brave, intelligent and full of energy.
The Toy Poodle is the smallest member of the Poodle family. They have a single-layer coat that curls and which does not shed. Poodles of all varieties can be kept in a variety of different cuts but most pet owners prefer to keep them in an all-over pet trim. You can learn to clipper your dog yourself but most pet owners have their Toy Poodles professionally trimmed about every 6 to 8 weeks. The Toy Poodle is exceptionally smart and they learn very quickly. The Poodle is ranked as one of the smartest of all dog breeds. They love to be the center of attention and they make wonderful pets.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a member of the Terrier group but he is quite small, standing only 12 to 14 inches tall at the shoulder. This breed is very popular with people who live in apartments and cities, but they are equally happy in the country. They are a good choice for people with allergies. The Miniature Schnauzer has a wire coat that is wiry on the outside with a soft undercoat. They are salt and pepper, black, and black and silver. They have a very distinguished full beard and upright ears. They do not shed but their wire coat needs to be professionally trimmed every couple of months. They have a terrier personality and they can be protective. They make a good watchdog for the house. This is a very popular breed.
If you have allergies, you can still have a dog. There are some wonderful small hypoallergenic dogs who make excellent pets. Check out the breeds discussed here and see if one of them might appeal to you. Be sure to meet the dog in person to see if it activates your allergy.