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You love dogs but can’t get near one because of the dreaded allergy attacks! Don’t hang up the dog gloves just yet, the next 5 dog breeds are the best ones for allergy sufferers.

What is it about dogs that cause dog allergies? Well, simply put, it’s the dander (tiny flakes of dead skin), their saliva and urine. According to WebMD, pet dander can travel everywhere and get in everything, even in places where a dog has never set a paw in. Also, contrary to popular belief, because the major cause of dog-related allergies is mostly caused by dander, the length of their hair or type of hair they have has little to do with causing allergies.

However, if you still want a dog to call your own, here are the top 5 hypo-allergenic dog breeds.

  1. Bichon Frise- Don’t worry about the fur, this little cotton ball was bred to be hypo-allergenic. The Bichon Frise is the American Kennel Club’s top picks for allergy sufferers.

2. Miniature Schnauzer- A watchdog with a protective nature, the Miniature Schnauzer has minimal shedding and does require hair maintenance, like frequent brushing, combing and grooming to looks its best.

3. Poodle- A super intelligent breed, the Poddle comes in three sizes: standard, miniature and toy. Its signature curly hair needs lots of attention but hardly ever sheds. Making it a perfect match for people with allergies.

4. Yorkshire Terrier- Considered to be the second most popular dog breed in the world, the Yorkshire Terrier’s silky long coat, more like human hair, is what makes it a hypo-allergenic dog. However, they do need regular brushing to prevent matting and maintain its silkiness.

Shih- Tzu- These are the most loving and affectionate dogs around! Their dense, flowy coat requires lots of brushing and maintenance due to its double coated nature; but much like the Yorkshire Terrier, the Shih-Tzu’s human-like hair carries less dander.

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