Oftentimes we hear that being allergic as an obstacle for dog ownership. While you may love dogs very much, having an allergy attack every time being near to a dog is daunting. Fret not, for there are still many breeds of dogs that may be suitable for you! Here are 10 hypoallergenic dog breeds that you may choose from.
While there are no dogs that are 100% hypoallergenic, there are many that could do well with allergy sufferers. These hypoallergenic dog breeds do not shed, producing less allergens. Not only are they easier on your allergies, you will appreciate the much lesser workload on cleaning dog hair around your household.
Here are a few of the hypoallergenic dog breeds that you may love:
The Maltese is known to be a gentle, sweet, affectionate, and intelligent lap dog belonging in the toy group. Their silky, white, long hair gives them an elegant, and sometimes arrogant look; however, do not be fooled by their appearance, they can be very friendly and affectionate towards human. While they do not shed, it is slightly harder to maintain their pure white coat, as they are prone to tear-staining.
- Shih Tzu
A favourite breed among Malaysians, Shih Tzus are known to be an active and playful dog breed. Shih Tzus have a long history of being a companion dog to the royal household of China. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Shih Tzus were bred in the palace and have been the favourites of the royal court. Many may relate Shih Tzus to Empress Dowager Cixi of the Qing Dynasty, who has a keen interest in the breed.
Another popular dog breed in Malaysia, Poodles come in three varieties: Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle, and Toy Poodle, differing in sizes. The Poodle is known to be the second most intelligent dog breed after Border Collie. They are frequently seen in many dog agility and obedience activities. They are one of the most recognisable dog breeds in the world due to their unique curly hair and special haircuts. Known as the Continental clip, the haircut is originally meant to improve the dog’s swimming abilities as a retriever, with the pom-poms left in place to warm and protect their joints and organs.
- West Highland White Terrier
The adorable West Highland White Terrier, or affectionally known as the Westie, never fails to attract attention due to their cute, teddy bear like appearance. Belonging in the terrier family, the Westies are smart, alert and determined, giving them the qualities as a good guard dog.
- Bichon Frise
The name Bichon Frise is derived from the French bichon à poil frisé meaning “curly lap dog”. The cheerful and playful dog may be mistaken as a Poodle due to its curly and puffy coat. They are very sociable and merry, which makes them a very family and companion dog. Like the Poodle, the Bichon Frise requires diligent grooming to help remove loose hair and prevent matting and subsequently, potential skin problems.
The Schnauzer can be found in three types: Giant Schnauzer, Standard Schnauzer, and Miniature Schnauzer. The hypoallergenic dog features a unique “moustache” as well as long eyebrows, which makes them extremely easy to recognise. Schnauzers are protective and alert, which makes them exceptionally good watchdogs.
- Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkshire Terrier is one of the smallest breeds in the terrier group. It features a silky, shiny silver-grey, black, and tan coat. Their coat is typically straight and shiny, and do not shed much compared to other breeds. Yorkshire Terriers are small, energetic, and playful, which makes them excellent companion dogs. They are also easy to train and are quick to learn especially when rewards such as food and treats are given.
- Silky Terrier
The very charming Silky Terrier is closely related to the Yorkshire Terrier, being slightly larger in size and having rather similar silky grey and white or blue and tan coat. Silky Terriers, like their Yorkshire Terrier cousins, have hypoallergenic coat as well, and do not shed much. The Silky Terrier has a studier built compared to the Yorkshire Terrier, which is suitable for its traditional role for hunting rodents and snakes.
The Samoyeds have always been able to gather attention wherever they go. The fluffy, big white dog are extremely adorable to look at, with a matching friendly and happy-go-lucky character. That however makes them a poor choice as guard dogs. While this breed is considered as a hypoallergenic breed, their dense, double layer coat still sheds considerably and would require frequent grooming and maintenance.
- Afghan Hound
The majestic Afghan Hound is another large breed hypoallergenic dog in this list. As one of the oldest dog breeds in the world, it is however not a commonly seen breed in Malaysia. As its name suggests, the Afghan Hound originated from the cold mountains of Afghanistan. Afghan Hounds come in many colours, from light cream to dark greyish-black. Featuring a long, fine-textured coat, the Afghan Hound requires considerable care and grooming. As a hound, it is not suitable in a family with small animals due to their instinctive prey drive.
This is not an exhaustive list of hypoallergenic dogs. What is your favourite “non-ahchoo” breed? Leave us a comment below!