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16 Best Dogs for Allergy Sufferers

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13. Xoloitzcuintli
> Size: 10-23 inches, 10-55 pounds
> Shedding: Infrequent
> Good with kids?: Better with supervision
> Trainability: Responds well
> Life expectancy: 13-18 years

Can you even pronounce this dog’s name? According to the AKC, the Xoloitzcuintli is one of the world’s oldest and rarest breeds. The name comes from the Aztec god Xolotl, and the Aztec word for dog, Itzcuintli. In remote Mexican and Central American villages, these dog were used to ward off and cure ailments such as asthma and insomnia, establishing their reputation as healers.

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14. American Hairless Terrier
> Size: 12-16 inches, 12-16 pounds
> Shedding: Infrequent
> Good with kids?: Yes
> Trainability: Eager to please
> Life expectancy: 14-16 years

It’s no wonder why this pooch is hypoallergenic — it’s hairless! Not only are American Hairless Terriers suitable companions for those with allergies, but they also train easily and get along with other pets in the household. In other words, you most likely won’t have to pawn off your kitty when you introduce this pup to your home.

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15. Lagotto Romagnolo
> Size: 16-19 inches, 24-35 pounds
> Shedding: Infrequent
> Good with kids?: Better with supervision
> Trainability: Eager to please
> Life expectancy: 15-17 years

This curious and rather odd looking dog has an affectionate personality, which means this breed is a great contender for a cuddle sesh. The Lagotto Romagnolo is an ancient breed that originated in Italy and its fur is quite similar to that of the Portuguese Water Dog.

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16. Afghan Hound
> Size: 25-27 inches, 50-60 pounds
> Shedding: Infrequent
> Good with kids?: Better with supervision
> Trainability: Independent
> Life expectancy: 12-18 years

It’s no question that the Afghan Hound has a gorgeous coat. The dog’s thick, flowy coat served as protection from harsh climates in the mountainous regions of Afghanistan. The Afghan Hounds also have huge paw pads that act as shock absorbers, another physical attribute they developed over time due to the arduous terrain.