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Hypoallergenic dogs: the best breeds for people with allergies

Just because you’re allergic to dogs, doesn’t mean you can’t be a happy and healthy dog owner! There are plenty of four-legged friends to choose from that won’t leave you with a sniffly nose, watery eyes or an itchy throat - take a look at some of the most popular hypoallergenic dog breeds and find which one would suit you best.

But first, what’s the difference between normal and hypoallergenic dog breeds?

Hypoallergenic dog breeds don’t shed much or any of their fur, in compassion to non-hypoallergenic ones. Most people with dog allergies show little to no symptoms around hypoallergenic dogs as what causes their reactions - skin particles known as dander - aren’t released into the air on malting fur as much as with other breeds, which dramatically reduces allergic reactions.

Are Hypoallergenic Dogs Completely Allergen-Free?

In short - no - there are no completely allergen-free dogs. If a dog is labeled hypoallergenic, they’re from a breed that are unlikely to cause an allergic reaction due to the minimal amount that they shed. But many dog owners with allergies are able to own a hypoallergenic breed without any problems, leading happy and healthy lives alongside man’s best friend.

Popular hypoallergenic dog breeds

Labradoodles

Labradoodles

A favourite with families and for good reason. A cross-breed between the loving labrador and hardworking poodle, these dogs are both playful and intelligent, and have inherited the non-malting qualities of their poodle bloodline.

Schnauzers

Schnauzers

Famous for their distinctive hair cut, these German farm dogs are known for their companionship and come in three sizes: miniature, standard and giant.

Havanese

Havanese

Incredibly loving and affectionate, these playful pooches make great companions for older people as they don’t require as much exercise as other breeds.

Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise

These charming French dogs boast beautiful white fluffy curls that won’t make your nose itch. They do require quite a bit of maintenance to maintain that bouncy, almost cloud-like look but it’s so worth it!

Maltese

Maltese

A classic lap dog, these playful pooches love cuddling up to their owners. Small in stature, their white coats can be grown out or kept short - depending on how much maintenance you prefer.

Basenji

Basenji

Originating as African hunting dogs, these intelligent short haired pups have a cat-like demeanor in that they clean themselves.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Popular with families, these Irish farm dogs are intelligent and energetic, but also make great therapy dogs as they’re easily trained and obedient.

West Highland Terrier

West Highland Terrier

Also known as Westies, they’re a Scottish breed famous for their glossy white coats and a curious and playful temperament.

Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound

These gentle giants prove you don’t have to think small when looking for hypoallergenic breeds. Although they don’t shed, these elegant dogs do need regular grooming to keep their long coats in good condition.

There are many more hypoallergenic dog breeds for you to choose from, they come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours. Find the perfect one for you and your family by researching what will work best for your home and schedule. Consider how much space they’ll need, how long their walks will need to be and their nature around children, amongst other factors - do your research and you’re sure to find your paw-fect match!

Can dogs have allergies too?

Just like people, dogs can have dietary sensitivities to a variety of foods. An elimination diet or allergy test from the vet should be able to give a better indication of triggering ingredients, and differentiate between an allergy and a sensitivity. Here at Harringtons, our range of dog foods provide a balanced, tasty meal that’s full of natural goodness and packed with plenty of minerals and vitamins. With natural and grain-free options, you’re sure to find something that keeps your dog and their tummies happy.

Check out our Just 6 range! It contains a combination of six natural ingredients including fresh meat or fish, farm-grown vegetables and vitamin-rich oils, creating a highly nutritious and super-tasty dish.

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