5/2/2014 - Best dog breeds for allergy sufferers
With spring on the doorstep, people are looking to exercise more so that they can enjoy the warmer weather, often want a walking companion. Many would agree that the perfect accompaniment is a dog, as man's best friend loves to go for a stroll, giving them more precious time with their masters.
But what prevents many people from being able to do this is allergies. In fact, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, between 15% and 30% of people in the U.S. are allergic to cats and dogs. Fortunately, though, there are a number of breeds that are both family friendly and don't cause watery eyes, wheezing or substantial sniffling, as detailed by habitat consulting services firm Environmental Health & Engineering.
One of the best is the Bedlington Terrier. Native to North East England, these dogs are small, have wooly coats and are easy to clean up after, mainly because they don't shed virtually at all. Another allergen-friendly pooch is the Irish Water Spaniel. Similar to the Poodle in coat texture - another breed that doesn't shed - this pooch is ideal for those that want a larger companion to walk with. In fact, it's one of the bigger types of spaniels that are available, EH&E indicated.
Italian Greyhound endorsed by American Kennel Club
Then there are the canines that are almost built for exercising. That being said, perhaps no dog is more synonymous with aerobic forms of physical activity as the Greyhound. But the Italian Greyhound combines the best of both worlds. The source noted that this breed is specifically recommended by the American Kennel Club for people who are sensitive to pet dander because they have very thin coats.
Other breeds that cause fewer allergic reactions, as suggested by EH&E, include the Labradoodle - which is a mixture of the Labrador and Poodle - Yorkshire Terrier, Schnauzer and Maltese.
"It's important to note that no breed of dogs or cats has been proven to be truly hypo-allergenic," said Ted Myatt, ScD and senior scientist at EH&E. "But studies suggest that some may be more allergen-friendly than others."
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