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It may sound unusual but it is true. Often mistaken for its coat as being shaved off by its owner, the American Hairless Terrier is indeed what its name depicts … a hairless dog, which is why it is considered as one of the highly recommended dog breeds for people suffering from allergies.
Portuguese Water Dogs are considered to be hypoallergenic though they do shed a little. This dog breed does not have an undercoat that sheds, which is what people with allergies have a problem with. Instead, what Portuguese Water Dogs and a few other hypoallergenic breeds have is what is called a single-coat, which does not shed very much.
The Portuguese Water Dog or Cao de Agua, which means “dog of water,” is native to Portugal. They worked with Portuguese fishermen for hundreds of years. They were excellent swimmers so they worked herding and catching fish and retrieved anything that fell in the water, as well as broken nets. They even carried messages from one ship to another, and guarded the boats when docked in foreign ports. Eventually, technology slowly replaced the dogs. By the 1930s, the breed’s population dropped considerably. A breeding program was then started by a Portuguese named Vasco Bensaude, in an attempt to save the breed. It was a success.
If you want to find a dog for your family but one of your family members are dealing with allergies, does this mean you will not be able to have a pet? There are so many different breeds of dogs available and fortunately there are a few allergy friendly breeds that will make living with a dog much easier. It may not eliminate the allergy symptoms completely but it may make them more tolerable.
An allergy friendly dog is necessary for homes with family members that experience asthma attacks, wheezing, hoarseness, and difficulty breathing. When the family member is around dogs, they may experience watery eyes and sneezing as well. They may only experience more of an allergic reaction when they are around a dog for a long period of time.
Dogs that are not allergy friendly include breeds with long hair. These breeds usually have more dander then short haired breeds. They also shed more then the short haired breeds do. The dander and loose hair can cause allergy symptoms to begin.
Different breeds that are Allergy Friendly
There is no single breed that is labeled as allergy friendly; however, there are dogs that are considered allergy friendly by the American Kennel Club.