Special Report

The Most Allergy-Friendly Dog Breeds

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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

The Afghan hound’s thick coat protected it from the elements in the mountainous regions of Afghanistan. This breed has huge paw pads that absorb impact, another physical attribute they developed over time because of the harsh environment.

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17. Affenpinscher
> Size: 9-11.5 inches, 7-10 pounds
> Shedding: Some shedding
> Good with kids?: Good
> Trainability: Reputation for being difficult
> Life expectancy: 12-15 years

The affenpinscher is of German origin – “affe” is the German for “monkey,” so the name literally means “monkey terrier.” While it looks like a terrier, the Affenpinscher actually belongs to the pinscher-schnauzer family.

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18. Barbet
> Size: 19-24.5 inches, 35-65 pounds
> Shedding: Non-shedding
> Good with kids?: Good
> Trainability: Easy to train, responsive
> Life expectancy: 12-14 years

The barbet was originally a water dog and was used in France for hunting game. The barbet’s defining characteristic is its dense shaggy coat, which is non-allergenic and non-shedding.

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19. Bolognese
> Size: 10-12 inches, 5.5-9 pounds
> Shedding: Non-shedding
> Good with kids?: Good
> Trainability: Prone to “small dog” syndrome
> Life expectancy: 12-14 years

As its name suggests, the Bolognese was developed in Bologna, Italy, and dates back as much as 1,000 years. The Bolognese almost went extinct but was rescued by an Italian breeder and has been gaining in popularity since 1990.

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20. Miniature Schnauzer
> Size: 12-14 inches, 11-20 pounds
> Shedding: Little
> Good with kids?: Good
> Trainability: Eager to please
> Life expectancy: 12-15

In the United States, the miniature schnauzer is treated differently from other schnauzer breeds in that it is not classified as a working dog and is judged in competition as a terrier. It has a wiry double coat. It sheds very little and is safe for those with pet allergies.