So, you want a dog, but you are allergic to them. However, you shouldn’t let that stop you from getting a dog that could become a best friend.
Why are some dogs hypoallergenic?
The reason some dogs are considered non-allergenic, or hypoallergenic, is because they don’t shed or have dandruff. Most dogs do shed, but there are a few that are great for those of us with allergies. It’s important to note that no dog is completely hypoallergenic. Following is a small selection of the large list of dogs considered hypoallergenic.
The Basenji is a sturdy small dog weighing between 20 and 25 pounds. They are typically non-barkers, and are intelligent and curious. Another interesting fact about the Basenji is that they tend to groom themselves like cats. They are ideal for apartments.
The Bichon Frise is also a small dog, typically weighing between 7 and 12 pounds. As they have long hair, they require frequent grooming. They are very active dogs, requiring lots of exercise. They are great with kids typically because of their even temperament.
There are three sizes of Poodles: Standard, between 45 and 70 pounds; Miniature, between 15 and 18 pounds; and the Toy, between 5 and 9 pounds. More rarely, there is a version of the Toy, called the Teacup, which can be as small as 6 ounces. Because of their coat, they require lots of grooming. They are very intelligent. Also, they are quite active, and require lots of exercise. I used to own a Miniature Poodle and the only complaint I had with him was that he was very insecure. He had to be around you all the time. Additionally, he was a notorious barker.
The Shih Tzu is a small dog as well, weighing in between 9 and 16 pounds. Because of their long coat, they require lots of grooming. They are very playful and are considered quite stubborn. They are also considered a great companion dog.
The Yorkshire Terrier is usually between 5 and 7 pounds. They are very vocal dogs. Also, having long hair, they require lots of grooming. They, too, are considered good companion dogs.
I like a dog that’s a little different from the pack, so to speak. For that reason, I like the Basenji. Given its small size and the fact that they typically do not bark, it makes an ideal apartment dog. They are smart and easy to train and nothing makes a better pet than a dog that is well-trained. But perhaps the biggest reason I like them is that they seem to think they are cats. Almost like getting the best of both worlds.