Owning and caring for a dog can be one of the most rewarding things you will do in your life. However, if you or someone you love is allergic to dog hair, this can be a difficult proposition. Even with allergy medication, loose dog hair can be a major irritant to those who have allergies. Luckily, a number of small lap dogs do not shed or shed only minimally. If you have put off adopting a pet because of dog hair issues, keep these five breeds in mind and perhaps you will find the perfect new addition to your family.
Yorkshire Terrier - These little bundles of fur look like they would leave a big dog hair mess. However, it could not be further from the truth. A Yorkie, as these pups are often called, do not shed and have hypoallergenic fur. This makes them a great choice for those who suffer from allergies.
Dachshund- The Dachshund or "weenie dog" is a great choice if you want to avoid the mess and discomfort of dog fur, but still want a pet that will love to cuddle. These dogs have short hair that does not shed. Pair this benefit with the dog's big personality and you have the formula for a sweet and loving pet that fits in well in many households.
Miniature Poodle - The poodle is a great dog for allergy sufferers since they very seldom shed. Additionally, the fur they do have is highly non-hypoallergenic. Poodles are bred in all sizes from the tiny teacup to the larger standard poodle. With this flexibility in size and the lack of problems with shedding, the poodle is a popular breed for those who are trying to decide what dog would be the best choice.
Shih Tzu - This is another dog that looks like it would cause major problems with shedding—the Shih Tzu does have luxurious, long fur. However, the Shih Tzu is an excellent non-shedding option. This dog’s long, silky hair does require some grooming, but you will not be left with a huge dog fur mess like with many other popular breeds. The Shih Tzu is a fun, friendly pet that won’t leave you with watery eyes.
Miniature Schnauzer - The miniature schnauzer is extremely affectionate and is an excellent family dog. While this dog does have both a wiry overcoat and an undercoat, this breed hardly ever sheds. You may choose to have the schnauzer’s hair clipped regularly to reduce the impact on allergies even further.
Choosing the right pet for you is a very difficult decision. If you suffer from allergies, the decision is even harder. Make sure you consider all the aspects of pet ownership before you commit to purchasing or adopting a dog. If you make the right choice, you will be in for years of fun and companionship with your new canine friend.