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The Best Dogs for People With Allergies

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1. Bedlington terrier
> Size: 15-17.5 inches, 17-23 pounds
> Shedding: Infrequent
> Good with kids?: Better with supervision
> Trainability: Responds well
> Life expectancy: 11-16 years

This lamb-lookalike terrier is an energetic and graceful medium-sized dog that becomes a loyal member of the family. Although the Bedlington terrier requires weekly grooming, its distinctive, fleecy coat makes it a one-of-a-kind breed for owners who deal with allergies.

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2. Bichon Frise
> Size: 9.5-11.5 inches, 12- 18 pounds
> Shedding: Infrequent
> Good with kids?: Yes
> Trainability: Responds well
> Life expectancy: 14-15 years

With a history of being pampered by French royalty, the Bichon Frise lives up to the English translation of its name: curly dog. This easily trained little dog is hypoallergenic, and rarely sheds. According to the American Kennel Club, the Bichon Frise makes a good companion for young children.

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3. Chinese Crested
> Size: 11-13 inches, 8-12 pounds
> Shedding: Infrequent
> Good with kids?: Better with supervision
> Trainability: Responds well
> Life expectancy: 13-18 years

The Chinese Crested is a small dog with a big heart. These alert and affectionate dogs are said to be cat-like, enjoying sitting in high places, according to the AKC.

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4. Coton de Tulear
> Size: 9-11 inches, 8-15 pounds
> Shedding: Seasonal
> Good with kids?: Yes
> Trainability: Responds well
> Life expectancy: 15-19 years

This small, active companion originating from Madagascar has all the right traits to fit in a hypoallergenic household. The Coton de Tulear sheds very little and is distinguished by its long, soft coat that grows up to four inches in adulthood.

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