10 Worst Dog Breeds To Pick If You Have Dog Allergies

10 Worst Dog Breeds To Pick If You Have Dog Allergies

Author WDF Staff


People with allergies are more likely to have an allergic reaction to certain dog breeds than others. However, some dog breeds are hypoallergenic and may be a better choice for those with dog allergies.

Most people believe that a dog's lack of hair means that it is less likely to trigger allergies in people. In reality, this is not the case. Their dander and saliva are more of a problem than their hair. Dander is the flakes of dead skin that flake off of the body of all canines. It is no coincidence that dogs that naturally shed more hair than other breeds tend to shed more dander. The more saliva they produce, the more trouble they can cause, especially in households where other pets are present.

These 10 popular breeds are most likely to cause an issue for people allergic to dogs.

1. Doberman

As long as you're not allergic to Dobermans, they're an excellent choice for those that look for a dog that is both intelligent and trainable. Flare-ups are common in this breed's owners. The shedding of these dogs is moderate rather than excessive, but they are large dogs with a lot of hair and dander. Unlike other breeds, Dobies are more susceptible to allergies and skin conditions. These types of allergies cause dry and flaky skin, resulting in more dander.

doberman on black

2. Siberian Husky

Another common breed is the Husky. They are beautiful, athletic, and friendly, making them ideal for households with a lot of movement, but they can be a problem if someone suffers from allergies. It is common knowledge that Huskies and other double-coated breeds shed copious amounts of hair all over the house. As they are native to the cold climate, their thick fur coats keep them warm and dry. These dogs are one of the most prolific shedders in the canine world.

husky puppy

3. Pekingese

The Pekingese is adored by dog lovers because of its affectionate, loyal, and spirited demeanor. However, their long shedding coat presents a problem for those with allergies, and the breed is known for being stubborn when it comes to house training. Dog urine is another allergy trigger, in addition to dander and saliva. If your Peke is smearing its paws around the house, it can cause allergy symptoms. To get rid of urine stains and odors, you'll need an enzymatic stain and odor remover.

pekinese on floor

4. Basset Hound

Even though it is an affectionate breed, the Basset Hound is also a moderate to heavy shedding dog that sheds around your home all year long. The dander can be reduced with regular brushing, but it is nearly impossible to remove it completely. Basset Hounds are known for drooling more than they are for shedding. Allergies may be activated by dog saliva, as we've already mentioned.


5. German Shepherd Dog

The German Shepherd, or GSD for short, is a beautiful and noble breed that is highly trainable. It's a bummer that their thick double coat sheds so much all year long. As a result, allergy sufferers will have to deal with loose hair and dander daily, which can be exhausting. Dry and flaky German Shepherd coats produce more dander and allergens, and these dogs are prone to those issues.


6. Akita

The Akita is a stunning Japanese breed that is a fantastic companion dog. They have a thick double coat that sheds all year long because it is so dense. Akitas "blow" their coat in the spring and summer to match the temperature drop. When the shedding season starts, you'll be doused in dog hair and dander in every direction you look. Allergy sufferers have no way out.

akita on bed

7. Alaskan Malamute

Grooming an Alaskan Malamute requires a lot of time and effort because of how thick coats they have. It's hard to believe that so much hair can come from one dog. Malamute's thick double coat sheds twice a year completely, and the rest of the time, shedding is moderate. This dog's hair and dander are major red flags for allergy sufferers. It is a pretty bad choice for dog owners with allergies.


8. Boxer

When it comes to allergy sufferers, the enthusiastic Boxer appears to be a good option at first glance. Unfortunately, this is not the case! If you have a Boxer, you'll quickly notice that the dog's saliva gets on all parts of your home and clothes. Their shedding is constant, which is an issue for those of us with allergies, and as we established, dander comes hand in hand with shedding.

boxer drooling

9. Boston Terrier

Due to the small size and large head of the Boston Terrier, C-section birthing is often the only option. This breed is a seasonal shedder, which means that it sheds its hair only at certain times of the year. It's not uncommon for dogs to shed, but Boston Terrier's coat seems to carry an extra dose of dander that can cause allergic reactions in people who aren't ordinarily allergic to dog dander.

boston terrier

10. Saint Bernard

As a result of their gentle and loyal nature, Saint Bernards are sometimes called nanny dogs. Even so, they're a triple whammy when it comes to allergies. They're a large breed. The larger the breed, the more dander and hair it produces. In order to avoid irritating allergies, it's best to keep this breed outdoors. Few dogs can compete with Saint Bernards when it comes to drooling. This dog's saliva spreads like wildfire all over your home, clothes, and furniture.

saint-bernard looking right

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