Special Report

The Most Allergy-Friendly Dog Breeds

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21. Peruvian Inca Orchid
> Size: 9.75-15.75 inches, 8.5-17.5 pounds (small); 15.75-19.75 inches, 17.5-26.5 pounds (medium); 19.75-25.75 inches, 26.5-55 pounds (large)
> Shedding: Little or none
> Good with kids?: Not good with small children
> Trainability: Need to be socialized
> Life expectancy: 12-14 years

The Peruvian Inca orchid is a slim sighthound and can be coated or, more often, hairless. It originated in Peru and has been increasingly gaining popularity elsewhere. The hairless variety is considered a good choice for allergy sufferers because, of course, it doesn’t shed.

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22. Poodle (Miniature)
> Size: 10-15 inches, 10-15 pounds
> Shedding: Little
> Good with kids?: Good
> Trainability: Easily trained
> Life expectancy: 10-18 years

Poodles come in three size varieties: standard, miniature and toy. The miniature is between 10 and 15 inches tall. Poodles are characterized by their curly hypoallergenic coats.

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23. Poodle (Standard)
> Size: Over 15 inches, 60-70 pounds (male), 40-50 pounds (female)
> Shedding: Little
> Good with kids?: Good
> Trainability: Easily trained
> Life expectancy: 10-18 years

The standard poodle should be more than 15 inches tall at the shoulder. The poodle is the national dog of France, although there it’s known as the caniche, or “duck dog.”

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24. Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka
> Size: 9-10 inches, 4.5-11 pounds
> Shedding: Little
> Good with kids?: Supervision recommended
> Trainability: Early socialization required
> Life expectancy: 12-16 years

The Russian tsvetnaya bolonka, also known simply as the bolonka, is a member of the bichon family and almost went extinct until after the Cold War. The breed’s coat was developed in response to the scarcity of grooming products in Russia. It is hypoallergenic. Unfortunately, the bolonka does not get along well with other animals.

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25. Yorkshire Terrier
> Size: 7-8 inches, 7 pounds
> Shedding: Little
> Good with kids?: Good
> Trainability: Eager to please, should be socialized
> Life expectancy: 11-15 years

The Yorkshire terrier, or Yorkie, is a popular toy breed that grows up to a mere 7 pounds. It’s nicknamed “the tomboy toy.” It has a hypoallergenic coat that is more like human hair than animal fur, but it requires a lot of care and attention.