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Top Dogs For People With Allergies & Asthma

Updated on January 31, 2011

Variety of Poodle

Yorkshire Terrier


Kerry Blue Terrier


Chinese Crested

Bichon Frise

Airedale Terrier

List of Top 8 Dog Breeds for Allergy and Asthma Sufferers

  1. Poodles: Believe it or not poodles are one of the most recommended dog breeds for people who suffer with allergies or asthma. All three breeds of poodles (standard, mini and toy) have non-shedding hair. However, the hair of a poodle does require grooming every 6-8 weeks.
  2. Yorkshire Terriers: This breed is low shedding and the dog's hair grows until it is cut.
  3. Maltese: The Maltese breed is also a low shedding dog. The Maltese does not have an undercoat so there is almost no shedding at all from this little dog.
  4. Kerry Blue Terrier: The Kerry Blue Terrier also does not have an undercoat. However, they do require a lot of grooming
  5. Havanese: This cute little dog does not shed very much at all and has plenty of personality. However, the type of hair that the Havanese have are known for collecting dander, dirt, and dust. So although they do not shed much, their coats require a lot of maintenance and grooming.
  6. Chinese Crested: powder puff and hairless breeds are both considered to be good for people with allergies and asthma, because of the small amount of hair that the dogs do have.
  7. Bichon Frise: This breed is non shedding but it does require a high level of grooming.
  8. Airedale Terrier: This medium-large size dog has a wiry type of hair and has a very low level of shedding.

Now, remember these eight dog breeds are just a sample of the handful of breeds out there that are recommended for people with allergies and asthma. There are other breeds that are considered to be hypoallergenic as well.

Also, it is crucial to remember a few other things when you are trying to decide on what breed of dog to get:

  • What kind of living environment do you have? A large vs. small living space, indoor vs. outdoor, upstairs vs. downstairs, etc.
  • Do you have any other pets in the home?
  • Do you have children in the home?
  • Do you have lots of visitors in your home?
  • Last but not least, how much time do you have to devote to a dog? Some dogs require much more attention and have higher activity levels than others. For example, if you work full time and are not home a lot, you probably do not want an Australian Shepard as they need a lot of attention, they get bored very easily and tend to go exploring if they get bored.

These few questions are important to consider when choosing a dog breed because you can try to find a breed that will work with your specific situation and living environment. You do not want to get a breed of dog that will not be compatible with your situation.


 All images of the dogs were found on a website called Puppy Connection. I am no way affliated with this website I just found the pictures there.

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    • editsvcs profile image

      editsvcs 5 years ago

      Definitely good information for dog lovers who also happen to be allergy sufferers! I have had good luck with my beagle, thank goodness - for me, it's the dog's dander type, not the hair, that causes problems.

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      Addie's Momma 6 years ago from Bakersfield, California

      Thank you DJ :)

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      WriterDJ 6 years ago

      beautiful dogs, voted up

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      Donna Janelle 7 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great information! Definitely something to think about before you buy/adopt a dog. I am allergic to cats and most dogs so when we decided to get a puppy we chose a Maltese/Shih Tzu mix and I have had no problems with her at all! Awesome hub.