According to the Mayo Clinic "So-called hypoallergenic cats and dogs may shed less fur than shedding types, but no breed is truly hypoallergenic." Studies suggest hypoallergenic cats and dogs can cause just as many symptoms as the regular kind, says James Seltzer, MD, a spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. That is because skin and saliva proteins, not just hair, trigger allergy symptoms.
See the attached slideshow for 18 dog breeds that are known for being non-shedding or low-shedding. Since each person's allergies may be slightly different, it is important to have your pet allergic family member meet your prospective new dog before bringing it home. Even with a minimal shedding dog, there are steps you can take to minimize the pet dander in your home.
- Regularly bathe and groom your dog to reduce the amount of shedding
- Regularly change the air filter on your air conditioner or heater
- If you have carpet, vacuum and steam clean frequently to limit dander buildup
- Install a HEPA air filter into your main heating/cooling system and run it at least 4 hours per day
- Teach your pet to stay off of the furniture
- Visit an allergist for medication and other medical options