Hypoallergenic Pets

“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.”

~Albert Schweitzer

If you are allergic to cats and/or dogs but wish to have a four-legged friend, consider these hypoallergenic breeds.

Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds

There isn’t a cat that’s completely hypoallergenic. That means the hypoallergenic cats also have allergens but carry lesser amounts. Hence, the possibility of allergic reactions is greatly reduced. The list below describes cat breeds that may be ideal for those allergic to cats.

  • Balinese: These are commonly called as ‘longhaired Siamese’, these are one of the hypoallergenic cat breeds. Balinese cats produce less of the allergen protein that causes fewer allergenic reactions. You can read more on cat breeds that don’t shed.
  • Oriental Shorthair: These hypoallergenic cat breeds should be regularly groomed to keep the cat dander level to a minimum. You can read more on non shedding cat breeds.
  • Javanese: These are medium long single coat hypoallergenic cat breeds. Their coats do not mat easily and the lack of undercoat has made it to have fewer allergens.
  • Devon Rex: The Devon Rex has short and less fur making it one of the hypoallergenic cat breed.
  • Cornish Rex: These cats tend to have oil build up on their skin and therefore need frequent baths. The Cornish Rex, too, is a good pet choice for people with allergies.
  • Sphynx: These hairless cats are obviously free of allergens making them hypoallergenic cat breeds. This does not make them completely non-allergenic as the allergen is present in the saliva and not in the hair. These cats require frequent bathing due to oil build up and their large ears need cleanings.
  • Siberian Cats: These cats too have a long coat, but are less hypoallergenic than other cat breeds. It is said that 75% of people with cat allergies have no reaction to the Siberian cat.
  • Russian Blue: The Russian Blue cats are also considered as hypoallergenic cat breeds. The reason behind the hypoallergenic nature is not very clear, but they tend to trigger less allergic reactions.

Source: buzzle.com (hypoallergenic cat breeds)

Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

Like cats, no dog is totally hypoallergenic. However, these breeds produce much less dander. Below is a list of hypoallergenic dogs and some characteristics that might be useful when you are considering which dog to choose.

  • Airdale Terrier: Large
  • Affenpinscher: Large
  • American Hairless Terrier: Small, non-shedding, good with children
  • Bedlington Terrier: Large
  • Bergamasco: Large
  • Bichon Frisé: Small, non-shedding, good with children
  • Bolognese: Small and non-shedding
  • Bouvierdes Flandres: Large, non-shedding
  • Cairn Terrier: Small, non-shedding, good with children
  • Chinese Crested: Small, non-shedding, good with children
  • Chihuahua: Small, non-shedding
  • Coton de Tulear
  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier
  • Greyhound: Large
  • Havanese Dogs: Small, non-shedding, good with children
  • Irish Water Spaniel: Large/small, good with children
  • Kerry Blue Terrier: Large, non-shedding, good with children
  • Komondor: Large, non-shedding
  • Lagotto Romagnolo: Large, non-shedding
  • Lhasa Apso: Small, non-shedding
  • Maltese: Small, non-shedding
  • Peruvian Inca Orchid: Small, good with children
  • Pomeranian: Small, non-shedding
  • Poodles: Large/small, non-shedding, good with children
  • Polish Lowland Sheepdog: Large, non-shedding
  • Portuguese Water Dog: Large, good with children
  • Puli: Large, non-shedding
  • Samoyed: Large, no dander
  • Schnauzers: Large/small, non-shedding
  • Shih Tzu: Small, non-shedding
  • Silky Terrier: Small, non-shedding
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier: Large, non-shedding, good with children
  • Spanish Water Dog: Large, non-shedding
  • Tibetan Terrier: Large, non-shedding, good with children
  • Welsh Terrier: Large, non-shedding
  • Xoloitzcuintli: Large/small, hairless but produces dander
  • Yorkshire Terrier: Small, non-shedding

Source: buzzle.com (hypoallergenic dog breeds)

Besides these qualities mentioned above, other important factors should be considered. That is, you should research the dog’s temperament, barking issues, grooming needs, and general health concerns prior to making a final decision. Good luck!

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