Achoo! If you or a family member has pet allergies, even the most adorable pooch can be a challenge.
But you don't have to give up your dreams of owning a pet because of your allergies. While there's no such thing as a truly non-allergenic dog, certain breeds produce less dander and shed less than other dogs — which will lessen the sneezes and watery eyes.
Here are four awesome hypo-allergenic dog breeds:
These cream-colored cuties look like giant marshmallows and have great personalities. Plus, their lush, curly coat produces less dander than the typical pooch. They do need regular grooming to keep their fur short and tidy (like us, their hair never stops growing).
Originally hailing from France as circus dogs, Bichon Frises love attention and provide constant companionship to their human friends. These friendly playmates are perfect for families with young children.
Portuguese Water Dog
The Portuguese Water Dog is extremely sociable and friendly. They have a thick, wavy coat that produces little dander. This dog originated as a fisherman's companion, hence the name. He loves water and is very active and adventurous. Since the Portuguese Water Dog is traditionally a working dog, he needs a lot of exercise and does best when given "jobs."
Because of his high energy level, the Portuguese Water Dog does best with active families.
One of the most popular breeds in America, the Poodle features a curly coat that produces less dander than other breeds. However, these dogs do need regular grooming. Just like the Bichon Frise, their hair never stops growing.
Poodles come in three sizes: standard, minature, and toy. These pooches love to prance and show off for their human companions. They're also very intellgent and can learn complicated tricks due to their willingness to please — making them the perfect agility contenders. In short, they make great well-rounded pets.
What's the best way to avoid pet allergies? Choosing a dog with little hair, or none at all. Enter the Hairless Chinese Crested.
These adorable dogs only have plumes of hair on their heads, tails, and feet. As a member of the toy class, they are extremely gentle and are playful companions for families. Just make sure to protect this hairless dog in the sun — like humans, they can get sunburned!
These four hypo-allergenic dog breeds are perfect for a family with allergy problems. To be sure, each dog and person is different. While there are no guarantees, less dander usually means less allergens.
Do you have a hypo-allergenic dog at home? Tell us your story in the comments!