Non shedding dog breeds are a great option for people who want to have dogs but are cursed with the dreaded allergies. While it may not work with some people, many allergic humans are said to be able to live with pets that are classified as hypoallergenic.
Hypoallergenic dogs are another term used for non shedding dog breeds. These dogs don’t necessarily have short hair, but they are known to shed less hair and dander (dry dog skin flakes) which is what triggers many allergic reactions.
The most popular non shedding dog breeds are the Yorkshire terrier, Poodle, Shih tzu, Daschund, Maltese, Boston Terrier, Greyhound, Bichon Frise, Norfolk Terrier and the Havanese. You will notice that many of these hypoallergenic dogs are smaller in size. This is not directly related to its ability to shed hair, although because there is less hair to shed anyway, allergy sufferers are more likely to be able to tolerate them.
Aside from the aforementioned dogs, some breeders also create “designer” or hybrid dogs that may also be good for people suffering from allergy. They cross breed a particularly desirable quality that one breed has (like non shedding) and mix it with other traits that they like in other breeds. Great examples are the Labradoodle (Labrador and Poodle), Golden Doodle (Golden Retriever and Poodle), Maltipoo (Maltese and Poodle), Schnauzer Maltese, Yorkie-Chons (Yorkshire Terrier and Bichon Frise), Yorkie-Maltese (Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese), and the Poo-chons (Poodle and Bichon Frise).
When you decide to adopt a hybrid dog, be sure to get it from a reputable breeder. Too many shady people operate puppy mills with substandard living conditions for puppies to sell at a profit. Ask questions and if possible, get recommendations from trusted friends and relatives.
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