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8 best hypoallergenic dog breeds

By: Jill Buchner
8 best hypoallergenic dog breeds

Yorkshire Terrier Author: Jill Buchner

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8 best hypoallergenic dog breeds

By: Jill Buchner

Looking for a canine companion but can't take the allergies that come with it? You might be able to handle a hypoallergenic dog. While experts are split on the veracity of the hypoallergenic label, certain breeds that don't shed much are likely to leave you sneezing far less. Different people and dogs react differently though, so try spending some time with the dog or breed before you buy or adopt one of these loveable hypoallergenic pups. 

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8 best hypoallergenic dog breeds

Yorkshire Terrier

This small breed is one part human, one part dog, and 100 percent loveable. Yorkies are independent, affectionate and spirited, and love to be in the company of people. You don't need a huge backyard to own a Yorkie, but you should be up for playtime anytime.

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8 best hypoallergenic dog breeds

Bichon Frise

Despite this small breed's fluffy hair, it's considered hypoallergenic. Happy, enthusiastic dogs, they are sociable and need lots of attention, so they can't be left alone for long periods of time.

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8 best hypoallergenic dog breeds

Portuguese Water Dog

Many people became familiar with this breed when President Obama picked it for his family dog. They are smart and friendly dogs who love being a part of the family. As their names suggest, they love water and need a fair bit of exercise. Porties are loyal and great with kids, and they love to keep busy.

Read more: Check out our pet owner's guide to happy, healthy pets.
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8 best hypoallergenic dog breeds

Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

These terriers are friendly, bouncy dogs who love everyone they meet. While they definitely need some training, their spirited personalities make them permanent kids-at-heart and a lovely addition to the family.

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8 best hypoallergenic dog breeds

Norwich Terrier

Feisty, stubborn and sociable, this is not your typical lapdog. This breed is lively and loves to take part in family activities. They're quite independent, so early training is important, but their personalities make them indispensable members of the family.

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8 best hypoallergenic dog breeds

Norfolk Terrier

Like the Norwich terrier, the Norfolk terrier is bold and affectionate — a big dog in a small dog's body. Though these dogs don't need as much exercise as some breeds, they have hunting instincts and are never boring.

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8 best hypoallergenic dog breeds

Italian Greyhound

These champion runners love to exercise and can make terrific jogging partners. They see any place as a place to run and jump. But they also love to snuggle and get cozy in warm places. They're sensitive dogs who hate the rain and cold, and respond best to gentle training.

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8 best hypoallergenic dog breeds

Airedale Terrier

These terriers make boisterous puppies and loving lifelong companions. Airedales are smart and athletic dogs with hunting instincts. Be sure to offer them lots of opportunity for active, thoughtful play. They dig, chase and are full of energy, so they'll keep you on your toes.

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