If you or someone in your family suffers from allergies, adopting a pet is not out of the question! Even if some types of animals have typically sent you running for a Kleenex, you’ll be happy to know that they are a few “hypoallergenic” dog and cat breeds that might just work for you! Because the allergic reaction some people experience is triggered by the proteins found in the saliva or skin glands on pets, certain dog and cat breeds shed much less of the allergy-causing dander, making them a suitable choice for those with sensitivities. Here’s a look at a few dog and cat breeds that are not only allergy-friendly, but make great pets, too.
Bichon Frise – Known for their happy disposition, the Bichon Frise is a great choice for allergy sufferers because the breed does not shed. Their small size (which typically ranges from 10-20 lbs and 9″-12″ in height) and their playful, sociable personality, also makes the Bichon Frise a great choice in pets.
Oriental Shorthair – If you decide to adopt an Oriental Shorthair, be prepared to have a friend for life! They’re extremely loving and devoted to their owners, and they’re not afraid to show it, expressing themselves often with plenty of meows, purrs, and cuddles. Thankfully, the coats on these sweet cats, which vary in hundreds of different colors and patterns, are hypoallergenic.
Irish Water Spaniel – If you’re an allergy sufferer with an active lifestyle, the Irish Water Spaniel would be an ideal choice for you. The playful dog breed loves to run, play, and even swim, and sheds very little.
Siberian Cat – The Siberian cat breed (especially in females) produces very low levels of Fel d1, the primary culprit for the allergic reaction it causes to humans. Affectionate and loyal, these fluffy furred cats enjoy companionship with humans and typically get along great with other pets in the household.
Portuguese Water Dog – The same breed as President Obama’s dog “Bo” (who was chosen in response to daughter Malia’s pet allergies), the hypoallergenic Portuguese Water Dog is outgoing, energetic, and obedient, making them an excellent choice for a family pet.
There are many other wonderful breeds that are also considered to be hypoallergenic. Making the list for dogs is the Bedlington Terrier, Chinese Crested, Kerry Blue Terrier, Maltese, Poodle, Schnauzers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, and the Mexican Hairless. For cats, the Balinese, Cornish Rex, Devon Rex, Javanese, or Sphinx. Frequent grooming of your pet’s coat will also help minimize any potentional allergens, allowing you to comfortably enjoy their company sneeze-free!