If you are a dog lover, and don’t have any allergies to our furry friends then you are lucky! But sadly there are many people out there who love dogs, but are allergic to them too! They have had to choose between suffering with ill health, or suffering with having no dog in their life!

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, up to 30% of Americans alone are allergic to their furry pets!

Well not any more!

At Euro Puppy in recent years we have seen more and more people asking whether we have hypoallergenic dogs for sale or non shedding puppies for sale! In fact our number one breed in 2021 is reputed to be a perfect dog for allergy sufferers - the Cavapoo

However, along with this burst in interest in hypoallergenic dogs, a lot of confusion is occurring. We want to help you understand everything about allergies, dog shedding, and hypoallergenic dogs. Then you can be sure to have all the right facts, so you can choose the right breed.

 

What causes allergies to dogs?

 

Simple right! Everyone knows that dog hair causes allergies to our furry friends! So logically the dog breeds that shed the most are the worst for those allergic. 

Not so fast! It isn’t that simple. While dog shedding is of course connected to allergies, it is not the hair itself that is the problem. 

The allergens that can cause nasty reactions actually come from a protein that is inside dog saliva and skin dander! The dander is the biggest culprit.

What is dander you may ask? Dander is almost like dandruff. It is dry skin cells that flake off dog skin, often not easily visible to the human eye. 

All dogs have dander, whether heavy shedding or not. These flakes come off more frequently on dogs that shed more, and will spread them about more. Including up your nose! Crucially hypoallergenic breeds will spread less hair and dander.

 

What are the symptoms of having an allergy to dogs?

 

Symptoms can be very similar to other allergies, such as dust, pollen and food. So be certain that yours are being caused by our canine friends. 

An allergy to dogs causes inflammation of the nasal passages, and in extreme cases the throat too.

Typical symptoms when around dogs, for a short or prolonged period include...

  • Itchy eyes, nose and throat
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Facial Pressure
  • Facial swelling
 

As this list might suggest, it is not pleasant. So it is no wonder that the hunt for hypoallergenic hounds is huge!

 

What does hypoallergenic mean?

 

Hypoallergenic literally means something that is unlikely too, or will not, cause allergic reactions. 

This term has been twisted and molded by breeders, ‘online experts’ and others. This has led to the belief that a hypoallergenic dog does not cause any allergic reactions, and does not shed at all. 

Let's say it loud and clear! There is no dog breed that exists that does not shed any hair, or that cannot cause some allergies. As we said before, all dogs have dander. Even a practically bald Chinese Crested will drop a few hairs, and dander too. 

So if you do suffer from an allergy to dogs, there is likely no breed that will rid you of your symptoms 100%. Sorry about that!

Hypoallergenic dogs do not really exist in the literal, scientific sense. If you take ‘hypoallergenic’ to mean dog breeds that are low in shedding and allergen release, then yes, they are out there. Happy days!

When we use the word 'hypoallergenic’ from now on, we mean low shedding, not non-shedding. And we mean lower in allergens, not allergen free!

 

Are all low shedding breeds lower in allergens?

 

For the most part less, but sadly not always. 

This is especially true with larger low shedding breeds. They have a bigger body, so more skin cells fall off, with or without being spread by hairs!However curlier haired breeds like the Poodle are famed for being low shedding, and having the dander spread about less. So there is absolutely a strong connection between less shedding and more hypoallergenic.

 

Purebred hypoallergenic dog breeds

 

non shedding poodles

 

Now you know the facts, it's time to look at some actual low shedding and hypoallergenic breeds...

 

Large Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

 

Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dog

 

Samoyed

Samoyed

 

Standard Poodle

 

Giant Schnauzer

Giant Schnauzer

 

Bouvier de Flanders

Bouvier de Flanders

 

Puli

Puli

 

Medium Sized Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

 

Basenji

 

Miniature Poodle

Wire Fox Terrier

 

Tibetan Terrier

 

Standard Schnauzer

 

Irish Terrier

   

Small Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

 

Miniature Schnauzer 

 

Bichon Frise

 

Shih Tzu

 

Toy Poodle

 

West Highland Terrier

 

Bolognese

 

Maltese

 

Havanese

   

Without a doubt small hypoallergenic puppies for sale are the most popular on Euro Puppy and elsewhere. Not only because smaller dogs are easier to keep, to care for, and to travel with, but also because smaller dogs naturally have less hair and less dander than big dogs. So less allergens!

   

This is not an exhaustive list, and there could be others out there. Alternatively some people may disagree with some of these choices. But these breeds above are generally widely considered to be more suitable choices for those with allergies, or those who just hate seeing hair everywhere!

 

The designer hypoallergenic dog boom

   

Ten years ago only a few people had even heard of hypoallergenic dogs. But now it is a booming industry!

For many dog lovers, low shedding purebred dogs just didn’t cut it. They wanted a dog that would stop almost all allergies, and barely shed at all. To meet this demand, professional dog breeders have been combining breeds specially to make the most hypoallergenic, low shedding dog breeds possible. 

This is what many are calling the designer dog boom.

Not all crosses are well thought out. However most of these ‘designer hypoallergenic mix breeds', are also crossed to produce the best temperaments and the healthiest dogs. And yes they are proving to be very good choices for the allergy prone. 

Every hypoallergenic mix breed, also called as designer dogs for sale on Euro Puppy, like the ones below, are very strong, healthy crosses!

Without doubt a Poodle mix is the most popular, as the Poodle is already a low shedding breed. These hypoallergenic Poodle combinations include…

 

The Cavapoo - Crossed with a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

 

The Maltipoo - Crossed with a Maltese

 

Labradoodle - Crossed with a Labrador

 

Goldendoodle - Crossed with a Golden Retriever

 

Cockapoo - Crossed with a Cocker Spaniel

 

Pomeranian mixes like the Maltipom and the Cavapom are also famed for their hypoallergenic qualities.

 

While these breeds are some of the most popular choices, they barely scratch the surface of these modern cross breeds!

How to choose the best hypoallergenic dog for me?

Okay so you want a hypoallergenic, low shedding puppy. That’s great! But that is only the start.

You have to consider breed temperament, size, exercise levels, trainability and care needs. At the very least!

If you live in an apartment, then a smaller hypoallergenic breed is better for you. Say a mixed breed like a Cavapoo or Malitpom. They also have only moderate exercise needs. Or a Miniature Schnauzer could be considered if you are more active. 

If you want a low shedding breed to go hiking with then a Labradoodle or Goldendoodle would be ideal choices. 

In terms of temperament virtually all the crossbreeds have been combined to ensure good, loving natures, and all make great family dogs. But smaller breeds would be better when young children are in the home. 

For grooming, read on to the next section, as all hypoallergenic breeds need a fair bit of focus on their home care...

How to care for a hypoallergenic dog in your home

Like any dog breed, a hypoallergenic dog needs care to keep their coat and skin happy and healthy. However it is even more important if you want to keep your allergies further at bay. 

Regular washing, grooming, and often clipping and cutting is needed. These are all especially important for those with allergies. 

Regular brushing will keep your dog’s coat healthy, and take away those dander particles trapped on hair. Frequent, but not over frequent, bathing keeps the coat and skin happy, and washes away those dander particles. 

Many breeds like the Poodle often need a professional groomer to cut or clip their hair, so be aware of that. 

And finally there is no bigger friend to the allergy prone than the hoover! The more you vacuum up those dog hairs, the less those symptoms will affect you!

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There are a lot of people struggling with dog allergies, so it is only proper that in recent years the availability of hypoallergenic dogs have grown. Along with that the number of low shedding cross breeds has exploded too. 

As long as you start your search for a hypoallergenic puppy with the knowledge that not every symptom of your allergy will vanish completely you could be heading for a happy life with your hypoallergenic puppy.

Start your search for your dream puppy today.