Many dog lovers are frustrated in their quest for the perfect pet. If you are someone with
allergies who needs a breed of dog that won't cause sneezing, wheezing, and red itchy eyes, you might want to choose your future pet from the five breeds described below.
Chances are, you're looking for a breed that's low-shedding and won't be inclined to spread dog dander -- tiny flakes of dead skin -- into the air. Low-shedding dogs are among the favorite breeds of dogs for people with allergies. They are unlikely to spread the allergens that trigger dog allergy reactions. Dog dander, saliva and urine are all responsible for triggering allergic reactions in people.
Many people consider these dogs to be hypoallergenic -- that is, that they produce fewer allergens, or substances that induce allergies. No animal is perfectly hypoallergenic.
Yorkshire Terrier -- This small breed was developed in 19th century England to catch rats in textile mills. Yorkies reach a maximum size of seven pounds and are low-shedding. They are active, very overprotective and love attention. They tend to bark and have a good reputation as watchdogs.
Dachshund -- These little dogs are lively and have friendly personalities. They are known for their long, low bodies and short, stubby legs. They have three types of coat -- short-haired (called "smooth"), long-haired and wire-haired. They come in three sizes -- standard, miniature and "rabbit". The breed is playful, but stubborn, and difficult (some say impossible) to train. They may not be the best pets for small children.
Poodle-- This breed is smart, active and excellent in obedience training. The breed comes in three sizes -- toy, miniature and standard. They are very intelligent and elegant. The single-layer coat is composed of dense, curly fur and there is a minimum of shedding. Many people consider poodles to be hypoallergenic.
Shih Tzu-- This breed is compact, solid, sweet and playful. Its ideal weight is between 10 and 16 pounds. The long coat and fast-growing hair requires daily brushing to avoid tangles. Shih Tzu owners often simplify care by clipping the coat short.
Miniature Schnauzer -- Schnauzers originated in Germany in the 19th century. They are alert, friendly, fearless, spirited and obedient. The breed is considered to be hypoallergenic and they are known as excellent watchdogs. They are more inclined to bark than to bite.
For more information about dogs that don't shed, contact the American Kennel Club online or search for the websites of breeders that offer puppies for sale.
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