It is a common myth that a well-groomed dog would not cause any allergies. Scientifically speaking, certain dog breeds have more chances of causing allergies, even when they are well-groomed and well-maintained. For families who have children with dog allergies, the choice of getting a pup or not, and then which breed to get, can be very daunting. However, if your family has their heart set on adding a pup to the family, there are numerous hypoallergenic dog breeds that would be the best fit for your kid.
#1. American hairless terrier
As it is named, it does not have hair. This very rare dog breed is a potential good breed choice for allergy sufferers. However, these dog breeds are very sensitive to cold and hot temperature and extra care is needed. Sunscreen is essential for this breed. They don’t shed and thus, the chances of allergies are zero.
#2. Bichon Frise
This breed is famous for its wooly coat that does not shed. Even the largest dog website in India would have failed to mention that the coat does not stop growing. It will not shed and it will not stop growing and thus, you need to groom the dog at regular intervals (at least once a month). Do you know that Bicho Frise breeds are famous for being very friendly with kids?
The Poodle is one of the top breeds for kids. There are numerous varieties of poodles starting from teacup poodles to standard poodles. This is the best tiny friend for your kid and they are good water dogs too (a valid point if you have a pool). They do not shed but needed to be groomed regularly. If you fail to take care of its coat, the coat can get matted and collect allergens, causing allergies.
#4. Spanish water dogs
This breed looks very similar to Poodles and is very active and friendly. This breed was initially used in Spain for hunting waterfowls because their coat is waterproof. They do shed hair but very little and don’t cause any allergies due to their saliva or skin shedding.
#5. Golden doodles
This is a hybrid breed between a poodle and golden retriever and it is becoming a very common pet in a household with kids. This breed is both friendly and very intelligent. If you love Golden Retriever and your kid is allergic to dogs, this is the closest you could get to bringing a Golden Retriever home. Golden Retriever is not suitable for kids with allergies but Golden doodles are a good choice. While choosing this breed, make sure to pick one with curly fur. Such dogs would grow up to have poodle’s coat features.
#6. Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier
This is an Irish dog breed with a golden coat, which is soft. This breed has been used as guardian dogs and hunter dogs for several centuries and it has become a common breed around the world for its hypoallergenic coats. These dogs do shed but the fur is not allergic to kids. Even if you have a toddler at home, this is the best dog to choose from.
This breed does shed hair and they have dander. However, because of their wiry coat, you would not find a lot of hair around the house and you can easily brush them off from their coat. You should also know that you need to maintain this dog well – brush it every day and groom it at least once a week.
The breed has a weird name but it doesn’t matter as you are not going to call it with its breed name. This breed is also called the Mexican Hairless Dog as they are from Mexico and they are bald. They are intelligent and are very friendly and calm with people, especially kids. If your kids love to wrestle with the dog and you expect the dog to be patient with the kid, this is the right breed for you.
This is a European royal dog with white single layer hair. The hair of this French dog is quite similar to that of human hair and, it seldom shed. You need to groom it once a month to keep it clean but they are low-maintenance in other areas. Do you know that even if the hair sheds, it would not fall out of the coat? You can easily brush it off their coat. If you wish to own a Maltese, make sure to give it a puppy hair cut, which keeps maintenance, even lower. These breeds are very delicate and small in size. If you have an infant, this could be the best playmate for your baby.
Apart from these, there are numerous other breeds, which are hypoallergenic. Allergies can be caused by a lot of reasons. Thus, talk to an allergist to know what allergen is triggering the reaction in your kids and this will help you choose the right dog to add to your family.