Are hypoallergenic dogs really safe for allergy sufferers?

While there's a lot of debate on the subject, technically truly hypoallergenic dogs don't exist. BUT there are certain breeds like the Coton de Tulear (and others listed below) that are considered to be a good choice for allergy sufferers because they shed very little and produce less of the offending dander.

woman with allergie

Even though some breeds are labeled as hypoallergenic, it’s important to understand that there's no guarantee that they will not produce symptoms for those with pet allergies.

While many people have had success with these breeds, each individual dog is different, each person is different, and the combination of dog and human can have an unpredictable outcome.

Because of this, it’s wise to spend time with any prospective puppy to make sure you’re compatible. Also, the breeder should allow you to spend time with the puppy’s parents since often allergic reactions to dogs don’t happen until they’re older.

See what our visitors have shared about whether Coton de Tulear dogs are really good for those with allergies.

If you’re getting the pup from a rescue group see if you can take the dog home on a trial basis before committing to a lifetime of allergy suffering.

Here are some of the more popular breeds that are generally considered hypoallergenic dogs:

Airedale Terrier Chinese Crested Old English Sheepdog
American Hairless Terrier Cockapoo Poodle
Basenji Coton de Tulear Portuguese Water Dog
Belington Terrier Havanese Puli
Bichon Frise Irish Water Spaniel Schnauzer
Bolognese Italian Greyhound Shih-Tzu
Border Terrier Kerry Blue Terrier Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Bouvier des Flandres Labradoodle Tibetan Terrier
Cairn Terrier Lowchen West Highland White Terrier
Cavachon Maltese Wirehaired Fox Terrier
Chihuahua Malti-Poo Yorkshire Terrier

Because pet allergies are becoming increasingly more common, designer dogs like the Labradoodle, Cavachon, and Cockapoo are becoming more prevalent. Dogs are being bred specifically for people who have allergies.

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