In case you haven’t noticed, Americans love dogs! While recently putting together research for another 24/7 Wall St. story on dog popularity, we learned that 36.5% of Americans were part of a dog-loving household — more than any other pet. But what happens when you start having allergies as soon as you get close to a playful pup?
Don’t worry, you’re not alone. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, nearly one out of every 10 Americans are allergic to dogs.
And while no dog is completely hypoallergenic, there are plenty of breeds that go well with allergy sufferers. In fact, most people are actually not allergic to dog fur. The dogs on this list are hypoallergenic because compared to other breeds, they produce less dander, a substance attached to pet hair that the American Kennel Club says causes most pet allergies in humans.
We even had a hypoallergenic dog take the international spotlight as a recent member of our highest elected office. Bo, who belongs to President Obama and his family, is a Portuguese water dog, one of the lovable breeds on the list. Find out which other dogs made the cut!
To identify which dog breeds are best suited for allergy sufferers, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the American Kennel Club’s verified list of hypoallergenic dogs. All information related to each breed’s personality, trainability, shedding, size, and life expectancy.