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23 dogs that won't make you sneeze

  • 23 dogs that won't make you sneeze

    Sneezing, runny nose, congestion, wheezing, inflamed eyes, skin irritation: None of these is an ideal reaction to have when playing with an adorable puppy. As many as three in 10 allergy sufferers in the United States are sensitive to cats and dogs, according to The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America—an unfortunate prognosis for any animal lover.

    Allergies are the result of oversensitive immune systems, which can be triggered by a pet’s dander, urine, or saliva to bring on allergic reactions. In addition, pet hair—which in and of itself is not an allergen—can transport other allergens such as pollen. Because of this, some people may believe they have a pet allergy when it is the dust or pollen on a pet’s coat that is triggering an allergic reaction. Pet allergens are easy to transfer on clothes, which is why some homes that have never had pets in them can still have pet allergens. Allergens can also stick around for months or years on upholstery, carpets, or any other home fabrics.

    Luckily, allergies don’t have to prevent you from joining the 65% of American households with a pet at home. Yes, there are allergy shots, nasal sprays, and antihistamine pills that can all help minimize the symptoms of pet allergies, but a more proactive approach may be seeking the right dog. To the delight of sneezing dog-lovers everywhere, the American Kennel Club has compiled a list of 23 dog breeds that are considered hypoallergenic. Though no dogs are truly 100% allergy-proof—and everyone’s allergies are different—the following breeds have non-shedding coats that produce significantly less dander. Some of them are even hairless. Stacker has listed the dogs by the American Kennel Club’s 2019 dog breed popularity rankings in the following compilation. Editor's note: There are no AKC popularity rankings for the first three dogs. 

    Read on to find out which hairless "Inca" dog made the list—and get excited to adopt a new furry family member.

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  • Peruvian Inca orchid (not ranked)

    - Popularity rank: not ranked

    Though coated Peruvian Inca orchid dogs exist, most of the breed is entirely hairless, making them a good choice for people with allergies. These dogs are sight hounds: Much like greyhounds and whippets, they have sleek, muscular bodies well-suited to running.

  • Bolognese (not ranked)

    - Popularity rank: not ranked

    Like the pasta dish of the same name, the Bolognese breed originates in Italy. Though Bolognese dogs have soft, fluffy coats, they don’t shed. Allergy sufferers can also ask groomers to keep the coat cropped to just one inch.

  • Barbet (not ranked)

    - Popularity rank: not ranked

    These rustic French water dogs have dense, curly coats that are well-suited to swimming and hunting—the barbet’s original job. Calm, intelligent and amiable, these tall, sturdy dogs need regular exercise to stay at their happiest.

  • #20. Irish water spaniel

    - Popularity rank: #170 (out of 193)

    The Irish water spaniel’s tight, reddish-brown curls contrast with its long, skinny tail. These active, high-energy pups are relatively easy to train, but need plenty of daily exercise.

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  • #19. Lowchen

    - Popularity rank: #158 (out of 193)

    German for “little lion,” lowchen are popular companion dogs. Just over a foot tall at the shoulder, this non-shedding dog is known for its bravery—and, of course, its tiny lion-like appearance given its mane and tail.

  • #18. Bedlington terrier

    - Popularity rank: #151 (out of 193)

    Once you see a Bedlington terrier, you won’t forget him anytime soon: This dog’s pear-shaped head, arched back, sheep-like coat and hairless ears make him instantly recognizable. Bedlingtons are energetic, charming and fun-loving—though they like cuddling up on the couch, too.

  • #17. Affenpinscher

    - Popularity rank: #150 (out of 193)

    The fearless, animated affenpinscher are known affectionately as “monkey dogs” by owners. The terrier-like dog is under one foot tall but greatly confident—not to mention loyal and amusing.

  • #16. Xoloitzcuintli

    - Popularity rank: #137 (out of 193)

    This 3,000-year-old breed dates back to the time of the Aztecs, when they were revered as the companion of the gods. Allergy sufferers might revere them for another reason: The Xoloitzcuintli breed does not have any hair, so they don’t shed dander. Owners might need to apply sunscreen to the dogs before prolonged sun exposure, however.

  • #15. Kerry blue terrier

    - Popularity rank: #133 (out of 193)

    These sturdy, square terriers have a show-stopping coat that ranges from light blue-gray to dark slate. Named for its home county in Ireland, this breed is well known as a hard-working dog.

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  • #14. American hairless terrier

    - Popularity rank: #124 (out of 193)

    This breed from Louisiana comes in both hairless and coated varieties, either of which would be a good choice for people with allergies. American hairless terriers are inquisitive, intelligent, and playful.

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