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The Best Dogs for People With Allergies

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9. Portuguese water dog
> Size: 17-23 inches, 35-60 pounds
> Shedding: Seasonal
> Good with kids?: Yes
> Trainability: Eager to please
> Life expectancy: 11-13 years

Hailing from Portugal, the Portuguese water dog has a distinctive appearance. Described as medium sized and robust by the AKC, this breed has an advantage above the other water-loving pups — a waterproof coat. Easily the most well-known of the breed is former “first dog” Bo, who belongs to former President Obama and his family. Malia, President Obama’s daughter, is allergic to dogs, which led to Bo’s “appointment.”

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10. Standard Schnauzer
> Size: 17.5-19.5 inches, 30-50 pounds
> Shedding: Infrequent
> Good with kids?: Yes
> Trainability: Responds well
> Life expectancy: 13-16 years

This dog rarely sheds, which is why it’s such a great candidate for someone who suffers from allergies. Just like any of the three types of Schnauzers, this breed has a wiry, tight-fitting coat that keeps debris off. What’s dug up outside, stays outside.

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11. Giant Schnauzer
> Size: 23.5-27.5 inches, 55-85 pounds
> Shedding: Seasonal
> Good with kids?: Better with supervision
> Trainability: Eager to please
> Life expectancy: 12-15 years

This powerful, imposing dog is essentially the Schnauzer 2.0. With a dense outer coat, the Giant Schnauzer is built for work and is suited for an active owner seeking a hypoallergenic partner in adventure.

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12. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
> Size: 17-19 inches, 30-40 pounds
> Shedding: Non-shedding
> Good with kids?: Better with supervision
> Trainability: Eager to please
> Life expectancy: 12-14 years

Whether at home or in the field, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a playful companion from pup well into old age. The aptly-named happy and friendly breed is set apart from other terriers by its soft and silky coat.

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