Which dog breeds are best for allergies?
Dog breeds that shed less are often labelled ‘hypoallergenic’. But if you’re looking for a dog with minimal shedding because you have pet allergies, it’s worth knowing that you’re actually allergic to pet dander or saliva, not pet hair.
Dander is made up of dead skin cells that, and the amount of dander a dog produces depends on the breed. German Shepherds have dry skin and produce a lot of dander, but Schnauzers produce minimal dander. A Labradoodle’s curly hair reduces the number of allergens picked up from outside.
Keep dander and allergen levels down in your home by:
- regular dog bathing and grooming
- washing your dog’s bed and blankets
- keeping your dog off the bed and out of the bedroom at night
- brushing your dog outside