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Best Small Dog for Kids with Allergies

Updated on February 23, 2017

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Best Dogs for Kids with Allergies

Dog allergies affect nearly everyone; kids are more susceptible to dog allergies and therefore require a dog breed that is the best for kids. There are several small dogs that are considered the best for kids with allergies. Hypoallergenic dog breeds are the best dogs for kids who suffer from allergy. The best hypoallergenic dogs are known to shed little hair during winter and they make ideal pets.

Dog Allergies in Kids

Exposure of kids to dog breeds that shed the most is potentially hazardous and many parents don’t what to buy dogs that will predispose their children to allergies. In most cases of dog allergies the cause is dog hair that is often shed by certain dog breeds. Dog allergy in kids can be manifested by severe sneezing and respiratory problems. If the kids are continuously exposed to allergens they can develop serious respiratory problems. Its imperative that kids are susceptible to dog allergies get a pet from one of the dog breeds that are good with kids.

Why Some Dogs are good for Kids with Allergy

While majority of dogs shed hair or fur at some time during the year, a good number of low shedding dogs make good pets for children with asthma and allergies. Children are very vulnerable to allergies according to pet education reports. Dog breeds that are good for children are recommended because of the following reasons:

  • These breeds have low dander and therefore low dander related allergies
  • The dog breeds rarely shed and if they do they do it once in a year during which you can keep them away from the kids with allergy.
  • These dogs do not require you to regularly vacuum or clean the house, carpet, or seats of the hair that has been shed or to eliminate dander that is in the house.
  • There are small breed dogs that are ideal for small kids with allergy

Best Small Dog for Kids with Allergies

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Dogs Good for Kids with Allergy Maltese

Maltese make good dogs that are ideal for kids because theydon't shed and are active and playful for the kids. They get along easily with kids and they rarely weigh above 7 pounds. Maltese is good for kids with allergy and may be ideal for apartment lifestyle. They are also playful and ideal for even small kids. This dog should be regularly cleaned and groomed to avoid the development of tear staining a common condition observed in this breed. The eyes should be clean everyday to avert this problem.

Dogs Good for Kids with Allergy : Bichon Frise

They are dogs that get along with cats and they are very good with kids. Children with allergy will find Bichon Frise to be a good companion that weighs up to a maximum of 12 pounds. They are good because they are one of the small non shedding dog breeds. Like the Maltese they also require regular grooming. The best facts about them is their behavior toward other dogs, cats and strangers. They do not have any aggressive behavior towards cats or other dogs. This makes them good family pets.

Dogs good For Kids with Allergy : Poodle

Poodle is a breed that is vastly considered as a hypoallergenic breed that is very good for kids with allergy. Poodles are non shedding dogs group that can be categorized into different sizes that range from the Toy Poodle to the Standard Poodle. The classification is based on the size of the poodle. Generally these dogs are small in size and will stay small for most of their lifespan. Poodles do not require grooming of everyday like other breeds but grooming them after 5 weeks would be ideal.

Dogs good for Kids with allergy : Shih Tzu

This dog breed traces its origin from China and is a Toy breed that is very friendly and offers limitless companionship. They often suffer from Heat stroke and should always be kept in a warm or cool environ. They should also be groomed regularly and should be cleaned after feeding. The breed is good for small children and does not accumulate pet dander or cause allergies.


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      Brandi Kilbourn 

      5 years ago

      I have 3 kids with pet allergies. We got a Morkie (maltese/yorkie) that has been a great addition to our home! He's great with the kids and doesn't shed. No allergic reactions!

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      6 years ago

      Enjoyed reading your hub. I thought all along that poodles shed a lot.

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      Joe Njenga 

      7 years ago from Nairobi Kenya


      Thank you for your insightful comment and contribution.

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      Joe Njenga 

      7 years ago from Nairobi Kenya


      Thank you for your comment Its highly appreciated.

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      Marc Rohde 

      7 years ago from Racine, WI

      Good list but if somebody is considering getting one of these breeds because they are hypoallergenic they should also consider the severity of their child's allergy. My son has pet allergies and even with Maltese/poodle mix over time his allergies became a problem.

      I recommend trying to have the child in extended contact with the breed you are getting and also find a reputable breeder who will take the animal back if things don't work out. After being though this with my child I found it is best for all parties to avoid getting a pet rather than deal with the symptoms and heart break of having to give one up.

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      Karre Schaefer 

      7 years ago from Eskridge, Kansas

      Great information -- much needed in our home. Thanks.

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      Joe Njenga 

      7 years ago from Nairobi Kenya

      Thanks for your comment. There are cat breeds that are hypoallergenic and they include the following breeds





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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      7 years ago

      Voted up and useful. I wonder if there are also hypoallergenic cat breeds? my allergies get pretty bad when my cats are shedding..


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